Monitoring your network devices is considered a no-brainer. You HAVE to do it to manage your IT infrastructure effectively. One of the simplest methods is by using SNMP together with tools like Cacti, PRTG, etc (and of course the company I work for’s SINTelligent).
I’ll discuss configuring SNMP on Linux and Windows in future posts if I can, but for now, let’s focus on Cisco devices. More specifically, the bare minimum to get your Router/Switch ready for basic monitoring: