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Nagios Core Administration Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Tom Ryder
Book Image

Nagios Core Administration Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Tom Ryder

Overview of this book

Nagios Core is an open source monitoring framework suitable for any network that ensures both internal and customer-facing services are running correctly and manages notification and reporting behavior to diagnose and fix outages promptly. It allows very fine configuration of exactly when, where, what, and how to check network services to meet both the uptime goals of your network and systems team and the needs of your users. This book shows system and network administrators how to use Nagios Core to its fullest as a monitoring framework for checks on any kind of network services, from the smallest home network to much larger production multi-site services. You will discover that Nagios Core is capable of doing much more than pinging a host or to see whether websites respond. The recipes in this book will demonstrate how to leverage Nagios Core's advanced configuration, scripting hooks, reports, data retrieval, and extensibility to integrate it with your existing systems, and to make it the rock-solid center of your network monitoring world.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Nagios Core Administration Cookbook Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Running a service on all hosts on a group

In this recipe, we'll create a new service but, instead of applying it to an existing host, we'll apply it to an existing hostgroup; in this case, to a hostgroup called webservers. The steps to do this are very similar to adding a service for just one host; only one directive is different.

Getting ready

You should have a working Nagios Core 4.0 or better server running with a web interface. You should be familiar with adding services to individual hosts.

You should also have at least one hostgroup defined, with at least one host in it; we'll use a group called webservers with the and hosts defined in it.

For reference, here is the hostgroup definition and the definitions for the two hosts in it:

define hostgroup {
    hostgroup_name  webservers
    alias           Webservers
define host {
    use         linux-server
    alias       athens
    hostgroups  webservers
define host {
    use         linux-server
    alias       sparta
    hostgroups  webservers

How to do it...

We can create the service definition for the webservers group as follows:

  1. Change to the directory containing the file in which the webservers hostgroup is defined and edit it:

    # cd /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects
    # vi hostgroups.cfg
  2. Add the following just after the hostgroup definition. Change the lines in bold to suit your own template and hostgroup names:

    define service {
        use                    generic-service
        hostgroup_name         webservers
        service_description    HTTP
        check_command          check_http
  3. Reload the configuration:

    # /etc/init.d/nagios reload

It's important to note that if we were already monitoring these hosts with a per-host service of the same name, we will need to remove the definitions as well; Nagios Core will not start if a service of the same description is already defined on the same host.

How it works...

Adding a service to a hostgroup works exactly in the same way as adding it to an individual host, except it only requires one definition, which is then individually applied to all the hosts in the group. This means that it's a very good way to keep a Nagios Core configuration tidier. If we have a group with 50 different web servers in it and we need to monitor their HTTP services on the same basis for every one of them, we don't need to create 50 service definitions as well; we can just create one for its hostgroup, which amounts to a smaller and more easily updated configuration.

There's more...

Like the host_name directive for services, hostgroup_name can actually have several hostgroups defined, separated by commas. This means that we can apply the same service to not just one group but several of them. For services that we would want to run on several different groups, for example basic PING monitoring, this can amount to a much more flexible configuration.

See also

  • The Creating a new service section in this chapter

  • The Creating a new hostgroup section in this chapter

  • Using inheritance to simplify a configuration, Chapter 9, Managing Configuration