Category Archives: Icinga

Mass deploy a Nagios agent (NSClient++)

Today I have seen on the documentation page of Nagios a new tutorial that talks about deploying a NSClient++ to your servers with the help of SCCM 2007.


The document covers all the steps of the deployment from the creation of the .msi package  to the deployment verification of the package. All the stages are covered with screen captures. This type of deployment offers multiple advantages like selecting the hours of the installation or how much bandwidth should be used and makes updating the software package a breeze and I recommend it over other ways to install the client.

You can grab the document from here:
http://exchange.nagios.org/directory/Documentation/Nagios-XI-Documentation/Mass-Deploy-NSClient-Plus-Plus/details
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How to monitor Windows logs with WMI.

 

The script:

First you will need to download my script and make a copy of it on to your windows box.

Download it from here: http://mihai.radoveanu.ro/my-plugins/check_windows_logs_via_wmi

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Using Nagios in a efficient way (in a generic install):

Nagios is a highly configurable monitoring platform. Basically it gives you the possibility to take any output and can monitor it!

It has a great community around it; it’s very well documented and has many, many plug-ins.

There is a free and a paid version available:

  • The Core version gives you the possibility to make the installation in any way you want, but requires some knowledge on how you can get the things done.
  • The paid version (current named Nagios XI) try’s to include a unified interface where the user can administrate the whole Nagios server in one interface.

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A new monitoring tool is in town…

Watching the “Network Monitoring Application of the Year” vote on http://www.linuxquestions.org I have noticed a new Nagios / competitor: Shinken. The name describes a very sharp Japanese sword – associating the program with its large scale monitoring capabilities.

The software it’s written in Python and it’s compatible with the Nagios configuration. Also they say that they use fewer resources than the Nagios counterpart. The developer has put an accent on the Business rules, Cloud computing and “Very large monitoring capabilities”. Take a look at their features: http://www.shinken-monitoring.org/features/ Continue reading

Icinga VS Nagios – the matrix:

At almost a year after the version RC 1.0 and after three months from the first comparison (the YouTube film http://www.icinga.org/2010/05/25/youtube-icinga-vs-nagios-whats-the-difference/) the Icinga team added a new table which compares the two versions of “Nagios”. You can download it from here: http://www.icinga.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Icinga-vs-Nagios-matrix1.pdf

Also be sure you checked out the web demo http://web.demo.icinga.org/icinga-web/ and the Nagios-portal, a forum for the Icinga \ Nagios administrator http://www.nagios-portal.org/wbb/index.php .

Mihai out.