Monitoring Lotus Domino
An organisation I was talking to is interested in putting in MOM but wanted to know about monitoring Lotus Domino. I know that there is the XMP from NetIQ but as I am not sure if they will develop it for SCOM 2007 I looked around for alternatives and found an offering from eXc Software but using SNMP traps from the Domino server. So not ideal.
I then asked myself whether it would be possible to create a basic custom MP. Unfortunately they way that Domino works is that it stores all its events in a Notes database which is proprietary. This means that it is easy for them to port Domino onto Linux, UNIX, AS/400 etc (it was originally designed to only run on OS/2 in the early days) but makes it harder for an external program to get that information. Although you have a choice of using a Notes database or a standard web log for the web server part of Domino. In version 7 there is a new feature called Domino Domain Monitoring (DDM) which consolidates all the events into a single database but it is still a Notes database.
There is the Lotus Domino service and some performance counters that I found (on Domino 6.5) so you could use the Custom Management Pack Wizard to create an MP for those but no events. I looked around to see if there were any utilities that could dump the Notes database entries into a log file in real time but did not come up with anything. There are some monitoring utilities but they seem all to be stand alone and from what I gather even those have to get their information using the API provided by Lotus. I am not a programmer so I did not fancy going down that route. Most of the programs were a hybrid of administration tasks and well as some monitoring but most lack interfaces to then push that information into MOM. Although I did find one that would do SNMP traps from GSX. In fact when you look at their web page they are using Domino for their web site.
So I would be interested to learn how organisations that use Domino monitor it (whether or not they use MOM) and how good they have found that program.
Or I could always suggest they migrate to Exchange with SharePoint and LCS. Everyone else seems to have done so. J
- Posted in: MOM 2005