Monitoring packs is a unique feature to NetCrunch network monitoring suite. Essentially, these are sets of rules that define what event condition should be checked for and which performance data should be collected.
For example, if you have a switch or a router and would like to quickly set up monitoring without getting into too much configuring right from the start, you can immediately select a monitoring pack for your device and start monitoring this device with default settings custom-made for that device. Monitoring packs usually have the manufacturer’s recommended values already set up, or in some cases, best practice monitoring settings already pre-defined. Of course, you have the full ability to adjust each and every single aspect of a monitoring pack.
At the same time, monitoring packs are a useful feature when it comes to saving time. Once you configure a monitoring pack (or accept its default configuration), you can quickly apply that monitoring pack to matching nodes within your network. For example, if you have a Linux server and would like to monitor its Available Memory, Swap, Processor Utilization and Volume Free Space, you can simply select the Linux (automatic) monitoring pack and start monitoring that server right away. If you have more than one Linux server, you don’t have to set up monitoring rules once again – you can simply apply your Linux monitoring pack. In this way, you can start monitoring your entire network through policies, rather than having to configure monitoring rules for each and every single monitored node.
NetCrunch has more than 150 monitoring packs already pre-configured, and more are added with each release. See the list of all of them here.