If you missed my post from March 2, 2012 on how to clone a host along with its services in Nagios XI, now is the time to revisit this topic. There is a new video available that shows you how to use this amazing tool.
Sometimes it can be a daunting task to set up a monitoring system, especially when you have hundreds of machines that you are trying to monitor, but Nagios makes it simple. The Bulk Host Cloning and Import Wizard is easy to use and allows you to clone a host that has been already set up, according to your specifications, and then copy this “template host” into many other hosts that you want to monitor in the same manner.
For example, if you have 500 devices that you need monitored and you want them all monitored in the same manner, all you need to do is set up the first one. Once that is done, you can clone that template via the Bulk Host Import Wizard into the other 499 hosts so that they will be set up in the exact same manner. This will save you a lot of time and effort!
To see how easy it is to use the Bulk Host Cloning and Import Wizard, please watch our video below. The video is less than 3 minutes long, so it’s not going to take much of your time, but it will teach you:
- How to select your “template” host, and verify its configuration
- How to select the services that you need to monitor
- How to enter the IPs, names, and descriptions of the “new” hosts
- How to verify that the “new” hosts have been created successfully
For more information on how to use the Bulk Host Import Wizard check out this document:
Note: If you watched my presentation (“Bulk Management Of Host And Services In Nagios XI“) during the Nagios World Conference 2012, you probably remember that in the past, you couldn’t clone a host, unless you had at least one service selected. This is changed in the new version of Bulk Host Cloning and Import Wizard as per customer requests. Thank you for your feedback! Now, you can even clone hosts, with no services.