CactiEZ (Cacti Made Easy) is a self installing Linux Distribution based off CentOS that sets up and configures a customized Cacti install. Everything is designed to be completely automated and working directly out of the box. This compact distro is loaded with extra features such as Syslog and Netflow data collection, Weathermaps, Reports, Auto Discovery, Router Config backup, Nagios, and much more!
- Don’t use the default network adapter – DELETE it!
- Add a legacy network adapter.
- Install CactiEZ.
- Launch the Windows Hyper-V Manager (Start, All Programs, Administrative Tools, Hyper-V Manager).
- Select New, Virtual Machine. Give it a name. Click Next.
- Specify memory (RAM). In this example I’m using 1024 MB.
- On the “Configure Networking” screen just click Next – we will delete this later anyway.
- Create a new virtual hard disk using the name, location and size of your choosing. I created a 10GB virtual HD which should be more than enough for CactiEZ.
- On the “Installation Options” screen make sure to choose “Install and operating system later.”
- Click Next, uncheck “Start the virtual machine after it is created” and verify your settings, then click Finish.
- From Hyper-V Manager right-click your new VM, then select Settings.
- Remove the current Network Adapter.
- Click Add Hardware and select Legacy Network Adapter, then Add.
- On the Legacy Network Adapter select the correct adapter from the Network drop-down list
- Click OK to save settings.
- Double-click your VM to open the Virtual Machine Connection window.
- Click Media, DVD Drive, Insert Disk and browse to your (extracted/unzipped) CactiEZ ISO.
- Start (Power On) the VM & it will begin the CactiEZ server installation.
- Select whether to install the 32 or 64-bit version and let her rip. The CactiEZ installation is almost completely automated so just let it run. When prompted reboot the VM.
Once logged on the first thing I did was set a static IP address using:
With the IP address and related settings set appropriately restart the network using:
service network restart
You may also want to synchronize your time using:
ntpdate -u 0.pool.ntp.org
And set your timezone with:
yum install system-config-date
See more CactiEZ tips and hints here.
Using a browser connect to your new installation of Cacti using http://<IP Address>. The default user is ‘admin’ and the default password is ‘admin’ as well. You will be prompted to change the password.
Now you can knock yourself out configuring and using Cacti. Here’s more logon information from CactiEZ.