Manual Chapter : Configuring Performance Monitoring

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Manual Chapter

Overview: Configuring performance monitoring

You can configure the BIG-IP system to poll internal data sources and send data samples to an sFlow receiver. (Currently, the BIG-IP system supports only counter sampling on only VLANs and interfaces.) You can use the collected data to analyze the performance of the BIG-IP system.

Task summary

Perform this task to configure performance monitoring of the BIG-IP system using an sFlow device.

Adding a performance monitoring sFlow receiver

Gather the IP addresses of the sFlow receivers that you want to add to the BIG-IP system configuration. You can use IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
NoteColonSymbol You can add an sFlow receiver to the BIG-IP system, only if you are assigned either the Resource Administrator or Administrator user role. 
Add an sFlow receiver to the BIG-IP system when you want to use the receiver to monitor system performance.
ImportantColonSymbol When multiple sFlow receivers are configured on the BIG-IP system, only the lowest, non-zero Poll Interval setting is used when polling for all configured sFlow receivers. Therefore, if you delete the sFlow receiver with the lowest, non-zero poll interval, the system computes a new poll interval based on the configured sFlow receivers, and uses that polling interval for all configured sFlow receivers.
  1. On the Main tab, click System > Performance > sFlow. The sFlow screen opens.
  2. Click Add. The New sFlow Receiver screen opens.
  3. In the Name field, type a name for the sFlow receiver.
  4. In the Address field, type the IPv4 or IPv6 address on which the sFlow receiver listens for UDP datagrams.
  5. Click Finished.

sFlow counters and data

This table names and categorizes the sFlow counters and informational data that the BIG-IP system sends to sFlow receivers. The table also includes the source of the data and an example value.

Name and type Source Example value
in_vlan (vlan) VLAN tag 1234 (This value is an integer between 0 [zero] and 4095.)
octets (vlan) ifc_stats.hc_in_octets + ifc_stats.hc_out_octets 107777746
ucastPkts (vlan) ifc_stats.hc_in_ucast_pkts + ifc_stats.hc_out_ucast_pkts 202314
multicastPkts (vlan) ifc_stats.hc_in_multicast_pkts + ifc_stats.hc_out_multicast_pkts 12
broadcastPkts (vlan) ifc_stats.hc_in_broadcast_pkts + ifc_stats.hc_out_broadcast_pkts 6
discards (vlan) ifc_stats.hc_in_discards + ifc_stats.hc_out_discards 0
ifIndex (interface) interface_stat.if_index 64 (You can map this value to an interface name by using snmpwalk to query ifTable, for example, snmpwalk -v 2c -c public localhost ifTable.)
networkType (interface) Enumeration derived from the IANAifType-MIB ( 6
ifSpeed (interface) Media speed of the network interface 1000000000 (This value is in bits per second.)
ifDirection (interface) Derived from MAU MIB (RFC 2668) 0 = unknown, 1=full-duplex, 2=half-duplex, 3 = in, 4=out 1
ifStatus (interface) Bit field with the following bits assigned: bit 0 = ifAdminStatus (0 = down, 1 = up), bit 1 = ifOperStatus (0 = down, 1 = up) 3
ifInOctets (interface) interface_stat.counters.bytes_in 9501109483
ifInUcastPkts (interface) interface_stat.counters.pkts_in - interface_stat.counters.mcast_in 14373120
ifInMulticastPkts (interface) interface_stat.counters.mcast_in 72
ifInBroadcastPkts (interface) interface_stat.rx_broadcast 211
ifInDiscards (interface) interface_stat.counters.drops_in 13
ifInErrors (interface) interface_stat.counters.errors_in 0
ifInUnknownProtos (interface) Not implemented This value will always be 0 (zero).
ifOutOctets (interface) interface_stat.counters.bytes_out 9655448619
ifOutUcastPkts (interface) interface_stat.counters.pkts_out - interface_stat.counters.mcast_out 10838396
ifOutMulticastPkts (interface) interface_stat.counters.mcast_out 72
ifOutBroadcastPkts (interface) interface_stat.tx_broadcast 211
ifOutDiscards (interface) interface_stat.counters.drops_out 8
ifOutErrors (interface) interface_stat.counters.errors_out 0
ifPromiscuousMode (interface) Not implemented This value will always be 0 (zero).
5s_cpu (processor) tmm_stat.cpu_usage_5secs .81 (This value is the average tmm CPU usage in the last five seconds.)
1m_cpu (processor) tmm_stat.cpu_usage_1min (This value is the average tmm CPU usage in the last one minute.)
5m_cpu (processor) tmm_stat.cpu_usage_5mins (This value is the average tmm CPU usage in the last five minutes.)
total_memory_bytes (processor) tmm_stat.memory_total 5561647104 (This value is the total tmm memory in bytes.)
free_memory_bytes (processor) tmm_stat.memory_total - tmm_stat.memory_used (free tmm memory in bytes) 5363754680 (This value is the free tmm memory in bytes.)

Implementation result

You now have an implementation in which the BIG-IP system periodically sends data samples to an sFlow receiver.