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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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Using check_mk instead of NRPE

On very large networks, or networks with a lot of remote checking required, manually configuring NRPE services for everything that requires checking on each host can be burdensome. It's common to automate installing the plugins that are needed on the monitored host and the configuration required to use them, to make the network administrator's job a little easier when adding a set of new hosts with a standard set of services to monitor. Common tools to automate such setups include configuration management tools like Chef, Puppet, or Bcfg2.

Developing standard procedures like this may not appeal and busy administrators may be looking for an extension to Nagios that automatically discovers relevant services on a host to monitor, so that almost no manual configuration is required, instead generating the relevant stanzas automatically. This is one of the main functions of Check_MK, a Nagios Core extension written by Matthias Ketchner and available at https://mathias...