Monthly Archive for July, 2011

Monitoring Linux/Unix Machines Using SSH or NRPE

We’ve had a number of customer requests for new Nagios XI wizards that make it easy to monitor Linux/Unix machines either by SSH (using check_by_ssh) or NRPE. This is often useful in environments where Nagios admins have already installed the Nagios plugins and/or NRPE on machine in order to monitor them with Nagios Core.

Due to the requests we received, we whipped together some new wizards that help with this. Specifically, the new SSH Proxy and NRPE wizards.

And lest I forget, we also had a great community member (thanks Joshua!) document and test instructions on monitoring AIX over NRPE. We worked with Joshua to develop the NRPE wizard in a way that would work with his AIX/NRPE setup. BTW: Would you believe using Nagios to monitor AIX could save $300k+ on Tivoli licenses? 🙂

RSS Dashlet Revisited

Ok, so admittedly this is not a “new” component, since it was released back in February.

However after an interesting discussion with our team this week, we realized again how large the Nagios

community is, and keeping up with all of the latest new features and

Customized RSS Feed In Nagios XI

developments internally can sometimes be a challenge.  So I thought I’d take a moment to point out a tool that can be used to keep your Nagios XI installation running with all of the latest features, plugins, and capabilities.  The Custom RSS Feed dashlet allows you to define up to 5 RSS feeds and compile them into a scrolling list on your dashboard.  Why would this be useful for an admin?  Here’s a thought:

Nagios Library – Latest Customer Downloads Feed

Nagios Libary – Latest Documentation Feed

Nagios Exchange – New Project Listings Feed

Nagios Exchange – Updated Projects Feed

Nagios Labs – This website’s feed : )


Download the Nagios XI – Custom RSS Dashlet from Nagios Exchange.



Latest Alerts Component Released

One of our customers requested that we add a “latest alerts” feature to Nagios XI, so the interface felt familiar to team members that were used to a competing product. We whipped up a component to meet their needs and “voila!”, here it is for your use as well.

The new Latest Alerts component can be downloaded from the customer-only download section of the Nagios Library. Note: You must have a current support and maintenance contract for Nagios XI to download the new component.