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Nagios Core Administration Cookbook

By : Tom Ryder
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Nagios Core Administration Cookbook

By: Tom Ryder

Overview of this book

Network monitoring requires significantly more than just pinging hosts. This cookbook will help you to comprehensively test your networks' major functions on a regular basis."Nagios Core Administration Cookbook" will show you how to use Nagios Core as a monitoring framework that understands the layers and subtleties of the network for intelligent monitoring and notification behaviour. Nagios Core Administration Guide introduces the reader to methods of extending Nagios Core into a network monitoring solution. The book begins by covering the basic structure of hosts, services, and contacts and then goes on to discuss advanced usage of checks and notifications, and configuring intelligent behaviour with network paths and dependencies. The cookbook emphasizes using Nagios Core as an extensible monitoring framework. By the end of the book, you will learn that Nagios Core is capable of doing much more than pinging a host or to check if websites respond.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Nagios Core Administration Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Using the network map as an overlay

In this recipe, we'll learn how to use a background for the network map and deliberate placement of hosts in specific points on it, to make a kind of network status weather map to see host statuses at a glance in a geographical context.

Getting ready

You will need a Nagios Core 3.0 or newer server, and have shell access to change its backend configuration. You should also have at least a couple of hosts configured to place on the map, and understand the basics of using the Nagios network map and icons for hosts. These are discussed in the Using the network map and Choosing icons for hosts recipes, in this chapter.

You should also select a background image on which you can meaningfully place hosts. If you are monitoring an office network, this could be a floor plan of the building or server room. If you're monitoring a nationwide Internet service provider, then you could use a map of your state or country. Some administrators even like to use pictures of physical...