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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
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Creating new NRPE command definitions securely

In this recipe, we'll learn how to securely create new command definitions for nrpe to run upon request by a monitoring server. We need to do this, because even if we have a huge set of plugins installed on our target host running nrpe, the daemon will only run commands defined in its configuration file.

We'll also learn how arguments can be passed to these commands, if strictly necessary, and about the potentially negative security consequences of this.

Getting ready

You should have a target host configured for checking in a Nagios Core 4.0 or later monitoring server. The target host should be running the nrpe daemon. You can verify that nrpe is running with pgrep(1) or ps(1):

# pgrep nrpe
# ps -e | grep [n]rpe
nagios 29964 1 0 21:55 ? 00:00:01 nrpe

We can inspect the list of commands that nrpe is already configured to run by looking for command directives in its configuration file. By default, this file is /usr/local/nagios/etc/nrpe.cfg...