Cacti – Installing on Windows

Cacti is a great tool to graph network utilization. I discovered it during my previous job to create some utilization graphs of satelite links. I highly admire the talent of the kid maintaining this software… Cacti can be used by any organization wanting to graph network utilization. It is also flexible enough to graph other stats (disk utilization, CPU utilization.. etc.)

I used Linux for all of my previous installs of Cacti. The whole install is very well documented. My team is still not very Linux savvy and wanted to try Cacti out in a Windows environment. There is adequate documentation for installing Cacti on Windows, but I ran into several issues when following this guide. If I was starting all over again, I would rather try this documentation. It is more up-to-date and detailed. The author missed mentioning that you have to change the “DocumentRoot” value in the Apache conf file.. But that is a minor issue.

Am still having issues with the scheduler tool in Windows to run the poller every 5 minutes. The scheduled job is only running when someone is logged into the server. As soon as you log off the server, the scheduler seems to be stopping. I will post an update as soon as I fix this.