Configure Cacti Server after Installing it

Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool’s data storage and graphing functionality.

Cacti provide a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods, and user management features out of the box.

All of this is wrapped in an intuitive, easy to use interface.

And makes sense for LAN-sized installations up to complex networks with thousands of devices.

Following this tutorial will explain to you how you can configure Cacti Server Monitor step by step if you hadn’t installed it yet you can simply install Cacti Server from here.

1. Open your web browser and go to your IP address following by “/cacti”, and log in with your current credentials that we had set it before.

2. Click on “Settings”, to change some few options.

3. From the “General” tab we need to change some parameters, change the parameters just like the mentioned below.

SNMP Version: Version 2

SNMP Community: secret

4. Make sure to click On “Poller” tab, and change the options as it’s shown below.

Poller Type: spine

Poller Interval: Every Minute

5. After we had changed the poller interval time to clear the cache, from “System Utilities” click on “Rebuild Poller Cache”.

Create Devices & Graphs.

To start making graphs, we have to set up profiles for each device and inform Cacti what to graph.

1. Click “Devices” under the Management heading on the left-hand navigation panel.

2. Select “Localhost” and delete it as we will be recreating some of the same functionality.

3. From the upper-right corner of the page, click on “Add” to add a new device.

4. Time to fill some information that will describe the device, fill it like below and then click “Create” when you are done.

Description: AvoidErrors Cacti Server
Hostname: “YourIPAddress”
Host Template: Local Linux Machine
SNMP Version: Version 2
SNMP Community: secret

5. Once you had clicked “Create”, go down to the page to create some associated graph templates.

6. Select from the list “Unix ping latency” and click “Add”.

7. As for “Associated Data Queries” add the following, and then click Save.

“SNMP – Get Mounted Partitions, SNMP – Get Processor Information, SNMP – Interface Statistics”

8. Once you have done from the above step, click on “Create Graphs for this host” at the top right of the page.

9. On the next page, select the color and click “Create”.


After this tutorial, you should now have access to Cacti’s graphing capabilities, if there is any inquiry please comment below.


I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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