Brother-Printers-Zabbix-Template - Zabbix Template for discovering and monitoring Brother model printers. Uses SNMP and discovery triggers.
Since I started working in IT again I have had the opportunity to explore new projects and such in addition to my other duties at work. One of those side projects is basically implementing a new monitoring system for our infrastructure. Currently we use Nagios, which isn’t all too bad since I have taken a lot of time to simply understand it in order to migrate from it. However, in some ways it can be tedious to setup a new host to monitor and tweak the settings for alerts and so on.
With that in mind, my supervisor suggested looking around for a new system, and Zabbix so far seems promising. There seems to be a lot of “templates” for monitoring hosts and discovering the services automatically to monitor. However, I am starting to also discover a lot of those templates are hard to come by as they aren’t (as far as I can tell) shared in a common place like Nagios plugins are with Nagios Exchange.
This forced me to develop a template of my own, which was a good experience to really help me understand a lot about SNMP, Zabbix templates, and some perl scripting.
Posting it up here in hopes that some other IT person in search of a template specifically aimed at monitoring SNMP Enabled Brother Printers picks this up and saves them time.