Intermapper Probes: Resource Hub
Intermapper probes give you insight into how your network's performing. You can create Intermapper probes to monitor virtually any type of gear on your network—from standard switches and routers to non-standard environmental sensors and wireless devices. Keep reading to learn how.
What is an Intermapper probe?
Some network management applications use the word “probe” for something you install on equipment you’re monitoring. That’s actually not how Intermapper probes work. An Intermapper probe is a software plug-in that tells Intermapper what actions it should perform to monitor equipment on your network. As the engine that powers your network monitoring, probes can alert you to critical network issues, locate problem devices, and supply you with the diagnostic information you need.
How do Intermapper probes work?
Intermapper probes help you get real-time information about network performance. In a nutshell, probes:
- Go out to test a device on your network
- Receive performance information from that device
- Bring back that data to display in your network maps
- Trigger an alarm if pre-set performance thresholds have been exceeded
You can find or create an Intermapper probe to monitor virtually any kind of device, application, or service running on your network.
How do I find probes I need?
The first place to start is right within Intermapper. Intermapper comes with over 100 probes built into the product to help you monitor all kinds of gear.
If we don’t have the probe you need, you have several options:
- Search probes within Intermapper. Right away, Intermapper comes with hundreds of probes for a variety of equipment, from basic SNMP traffic probes to probes for Apple, Cisco, and Juniper devices, and more. From a map, just go to Monitor > Set Probe and search for the probe you need.
- Explore our probes library. Intermapper users are constantly creating new probes for equipment they want to monitor, and they love to share them. You'll find tons of options to download for free in our user-contributed probes library. Explore the probes library >
- Create one yourself. We have all the resources you need to get started creating your own Intermapper probes. Just scroll down to the “How do I create a probe?” section. Get started >
- Get help from certified probes developers. If you can't find the probe you need and don't have time to create it yourself, we can work with you to develop it. Request a custom probe >
How do I create a probe?
Because Intermapper probes are simply text files, creating your own probe is very straightforward process. This article will walk you through it. Learn how to create a probe >
These resources will also help you create the probes you need:
- Intermapper Developer Guide: Get step-by-step instructions in the "Creating Your Own Probes" section.
- Interactive SNMP Probe Builder: Use this form to build valid Intermapper SNMP probes.
- On-Demand Table Builder: Create an on-demand table for an Intermapper custom SNMP probe.
- Bulk On-Demand Table Builder: Enter multiple table definitions to create on-demand tables for an Intermapper SNMP probe.
Interviews with Probe Creators
Get to know some of the everyday Intermapper users who create their own probes.
8 Questions with Probe Creator David Stempien
As a busy network engineer, David Stempien found time to create a security appliance monitoring probe that won him a prize in our Ultimate Probes Challenge. Learn about David’s life in IT, his probe, and what advice he offers other probes creators.
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