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Monitor Printing consumables


I'm new to Opsview and trying to work out how to monitor my printer consumables. I have been able to get the consumables via "check_snmp -H $HOSTADDRESS$ -C public -o ."

This returns the following result/status of "SNMP OK - 75" which is correct that the toner is currently 75% full. 

The issue that I have is that I am trying to put warnings on the service so I know when they are low, but when I add -w 10 -c 5 to the end of  the command the service goes into critical straight away. I assume this is because of the "SNMP OK - " in front of the result.

Is there a way to just get just the figure in the result or is there a better way to do this?


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Re: Monitor Printing consumables

Hi there,

Firstly - welcome to Opsview! Secondly, i wouldnt configure SNMP checks that way - that is tough - and working in OID's is painful.

What you need to do is create a new service check using 'SNMP Polling' as the method. What i've done is actually record a video showing you how to do this - as its one of those that is easier to show, than explain!

The video lives here -

Essentially, you need to add a 'host' (server, network devices, etc) - configure its SNMP credentials (tell Opsview how it can poll the device via SNMP), then go to add a new service check, 'probe' the device to get all the OID's - create a new check from it - then apply this to the host. In my example, it shows the OID's - however if you loaded 'snmp-mibs-downloader' (i believe?) then it would show the actual MIB entry - i.e. 'CPU Load' for example.

Hope this helps,


Anatol Tarasevich
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<p>Could you&nbsp;please provide an existing link?</p>


<p>Best regards,</p>


Duncan Ferguson
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The link was taken down as it was recorded on an older version of the product so the instructions were no longer valid.  I have asked for it to be redone, but in the meantime we have a blog post at that may help