CactiEZ v0.7 – Update
As the completion of the latest version of CactiEZ nears, I figured I would give you all a sneak peak into what is coming.
A few things have changed from my last update. I will be offering both a 64 bit version of the CD, it may be exclusively 64 bit, or I may offer up the 32 version I have also. To make the 64 bit, I had to build out a completely new build environment. The upside is at the same time I was able to move my entire CD mastering environment to my ESXi box, so now I can work on it from anywhere (not just my home workstation).
Per my previous post, the Cacti and all the plugins are all RPM based. So future updates for any of them will be much much easier. One thing to note, the RPMS contain just the files, no SQL importing, etc… These RPMs are not meant to be used on any other system than a CactiEZ box, but you certainly can make them work if you want. A yum entry is added so you can now update your CactiEZ install or any of the plugins just by issuing a simple “yum update” at the command line.
The newest feature will allow you to customize your Cacti install even further before you start using it. A setup plugin has been created that will allow you to specify which plugins you would like to use, which extra templates you would like installed, and prompts you to enter important settings (such as DNS, SMTP, etc…). Future plans will have it do plugin specific functions, for instance, if you opt to install the discovery plugin, it will prompt you for a few basic settings and will then start auto-discovering your devices immediately for you. All of this is built to give you an even better out of the box experience when using CactiEZ.
My main focus now is squashing the last few remaining bugs, and adding in many more plugins and templates for you to choose from. If you have any particular plugin or template you would like to see, feel free to drop a note in the comments section (a link to the cacti forum post where it resides would be great). I am also entertaining requests for beta testers if anyone out there feels the need to give it a spin and report back any issues.