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Learning Nagios - Third Edition

By : Wojciech Kocjan, Piotr Beltowski
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Learning Nagios - Third Edition

By: Wojciech Kocjan, Piotr Beltowski

Overview of this book

Nagios, a powerful and widely used IT monitoring and management software for problem -solving. It detects problems related to your organizations infrastructure and helps in resolving the issue before it impacts the business. Following the success of the previous edition, this book will continue to help you monitor the status of network devices and also notify the system administrators of network problems. Starting with the fundamentals, the book will teach you how to install and configure Nagios for your environment. The book helps you learn how to end downtimes, adding comments and generating reports using the built-in Web interface of Nagios. Moving on, you will be introduced to the third-party web interfaces and applications for checking the status and report specific information. As you progress further in Learning Nagios, you will focus on the standard set of Nagios plugins and also focus on teach you how to efficiently manage large configurations and using templates. Once you are up to speed with this, you will get to know the concept and working of notifications and events in Nagios. The book will then uncover the concept of passive check and shows how to use NRDP (Nagios Remote Data Processor). The focus then shifts to how Nagios checks can be run on remote machines and SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) can be used from Nagios. Lastly, the book will demonstrate how to extend Nagios by creating custom check commands, custom ways of notifying users and showing how passive checks and NRDP can be used to integrate your solutions with Nagios. By the end of the book, you will be a competent system administrator who could monitor mid-size businesses or even large scale enterprises.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Learning Nagios - Third Edition
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Managing hosts

Nagios offers several pages that can be used to view and modify host information. The Nagios web interface offers a view of all defined hosts, their status, and basic information. These can be used to determine the status of hosts. Host group-related views also show the status for services bound to hosts. Host Information pages can also modify several parameters related to the host configuration.

Checking status

Nagios offers a panel that shows all hosts along with their status. It can be accessed by clicking on the Hosts link in the menu on the left.

The following is a screenshot reporting four hosts, all of which are currently up:

The page in the preceding image shows a list of all hosts, their status, and basic information such as when the host was last checked and when the status changed last. It also shows the information text response from the check. The order of how the table is shown can be changed by using the arrow buttons next to each column's header.

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