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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
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Monitoring Nagios performance with nagiostats

In this recipe, you'll learn how to use the nagiostats utility to get some statistics about the performance of a Nagios Core process and the states of the hosts and services that it monitors.

Optionally, we'll also show you how to use the mrtg.cfg file built in the Nagios Core source distribution at the ./configure time to set up graphs built by mrtg (Multi-Router Traffic Grapher) and to link to the graphs in the menu of the web interface. The Nagios Core source distribution includes some ready-made files to assist with this, which we'll use here.

Getting ready

You will need a Nagios Core 4.0 server or newer server installed and running to invoke nagiostats. Older versions do include the utility, but there is not quite as much information that is returned.

If you would like to run the mrtg graphing as well, which is highly recommended, you should have mrtg and its helper program indexmaker installed on your system. If you are already graphing other...