Chapter 10. SysOrb Server maintenance

Table of Contents
10.1. Adding MIB files
10.2. Custom NetChecks
10.3. Custom AlertPaths
10.4. Creating a new database

10.1. Adding MIB files

In order to monitor nodes using snmpChecks the SysOrb server must know about the name, measuring scale etc. of the parameters to be monitored. These informations is stored in MIB (Management Information Base) files.

SysOrb comes with a number of MIB's pre-installed. These MIB's cover standard parameters such as traffic statistics for routers and switches, and some common printer parameters. You should be able to set up basic monitoring of almost any SNMP enabled router, switch or printer without adding other MIB files.

Should you, however, wish to monitor vendor-specific parameters on your network equipment, you will need to add the relevant MIB files to the ones already in SysOrb. This is done while the SysOrb server is running and operational.

To add a MIB file named xyz.mib to a running SysOrb server, execute the command sysorb-mibparser -l admin xyz.mib, assuming a SysOrb user named admin exists in the root domain, and has appropriate privileges. The sysorb-mibparser utility will then extract the information from the MIB file and insert them into the running SysOrb database. Afterwards SysOrb does not need the file xyz.mib any more.

After adding the needed MIB files, you must perform a SNMP scan (again) of the nodes supporting any of the newly added parameters. You do that through the SysOrb web interface by clicking configure, browsing to find the node, clicking snmpChecks and finally clicking on the rescan button at the bottom of the page.

The full syntax of sysorb-mibparser is:

sysorb-mibparser [-h] [-s server] [-p port] -l login [-P password] -e | -r | mib-file...

-s server

Instructs the utility which SysOrb server to connect to. Defaults to the local machine.

-p port

If you SysOrb server uses a non-default port, use this switch.

-l login

You must give the name of a SysOrb user from the root domain having appropriate privileges.

-P password

You may specify a password on the command line to avoid having to type it afterwards, this is especially useful in scripts. However, you should mind the security implications of leaving a plaintext password in a script file.


Show a help message explaining the command line and switches.


Enumerate imported MIB modules.


Remove unused MIB modules.