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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
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Using NRDP

Passive checks are sent to Nagios via the external command pipe, which can only be accessed on the same machine where Nagios is running. Very often passive checks are carried out on one or more remote hosts. This requires a mechanism to pass results from the machines that perform the tests to the computers running the Nagios daemon, which will process the results.

NRDP is a technology that allows sending results to a Nagios instance remotely. It provides a simple API to send the results to a Nagios instance using the HTTP protocol and leveraging existing web servers such as Apache web server that we have installed in Chapter 2, Installing Nagios 4.

NRDP consists of two parts-server and client. The part responsible for receiving check results from remote hosts and passing them to Nagios is the server. Once installed and added into the Apache configuration, it will accept requests, validate the token used to authenticate the request and pass the information to Nagios. The client part...