This page tries to list some of the software that is either recommended for use with Big Sister or just is a nice piece of software we often use.
Paging / Short Messaging
Sendpage is nice if you need to setup your own paging/sms gateway. eCall in contrast to this is a commercial paging/sms gateway that might be helpful if you do not want to hassle with running your own.
The Round Robin Database Tool is strongly recommended. Installing it on your Big Sister server will enable graphing of performance data. Tobi Oetiker's RRDTool is also worth a look if you are searching for more elaborate performance data visualization than Big Sister implements.
Nagios is a nice system, services and network monitoring product. The Big Brother of Big Sister is worth a look if you do not mind paying for software. If you do like command lines then Mon might be an interesting tool for you. Nice graphing is done by tools like Cacti, Munin, the popular MRTG, many tools around RRDTool, etc.
When monitoring via SNMP Big Sister uses Simon Leinen's SNMP Perl module. However, if you are installing a recent Big Sister version the SNMP module is already included with Big Sister.
We recommend installing SpeedyCGI which improves performance of Perl CGI programs.
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MakeMSI is a powerfull tool for creating Windows MSI (Microsoft Installer) packages.