This is a sketch article in which I want to do a brief description of how to install a Windows WMI proxy and do the checks via WMI in your windows network.
The WMI Proxy is basically a Windows Server / Workstation that has NRPE_NT or NSClient++ (you need to change a bit the configurations) installed and from which with an administrative user can do checks to the windows network via the WMI.
WMI is also used as a check for some other products including but not limited to: SCCM, SCOM, Spiceworks, etc.
In this article I wish to mark some advantages / disadvantages of having a WMI proxy in your Nagios setup.
To WMI or not to WMI….
First we need to explain what exactly a WMI proxy is. Basically this machine is a Linux/Windows machine with a Nagios client installed that runs as a service. This WMI proxy has some scripts (I will detail them in my next post) capable to check other Windows servers with the help of the WMI repository located on each Windows server. The same technique is applied with success by SCCM, SCOM, SpiceWorks, etc.