Recently I came across the requirement to monitor traffic for a few devices behind Ubiquiti EdgeRouters, so I put together the following method which is described here for future reference. I am using iptables to collect byte counts and poll this data through SSH from a monitoring server. The collected data gets saved in a round robin database and output as a graph using Tobias Oetiker’s geat RRDtool.

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In my recent push for more virtualization I sat down today and constructed a very minimal Debian template that only has the bare necessities installed to be able to communicate on the network and operate the base-system. This template will be used to spin up LXC containers on a hypervisor, which is very fast and has virtually no overhead.

This post describes the steps you have to take to achieve the same.

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