We have recently developed a cross-platform monitoring agent called NCPA that is designed to simplify the monitoring of devices with a wide variety of operating systems. NCPA can be used as a passive or active agent and monitors a multitude of different metrics right out of the box. In this article I will show you how easy it is to monitor a Windows machine with Nagios XI and NCPA. To do this, simply follow these 3 easy steps:
Step 1 – Installing and configuring NCPA on the remote box.
The NCPA installer can be downloaded here: NCPA’s Installer Direct Download. Instructions on installing NCPA can be found here: NCPA Installations Instructions. Download it on the Windows machine that you want to monitor and run the installer.
In this example, we will be using NCPA as an active agent. This is the quickest and easiest way to begin monitoring with NCPA. The image below is what the installation GUI looks like on the Windows device that you’re monitoring. To use NCPA as an active agent, all you have to do is enter a token. This token will be used to authenticate the connection between the Nagios XI server and the monitored device later in the article, so it’s important to choose a token you will remember. For this example, we entered “welcome“. Click Next to finish the installation.