In my previous article, I demonstrated how easy it is to passively monitor Linux machines with Nagios Remote Data Sender (NRDS) and Nagios XI. In today’s article, I will cover passive monitoring of Windows machines via NRDS.
Monitoring Windows machines via NRDS is no different than monitoring Linux boxes. You need to follow the same three steps:
- Adding Configuration
- Client Installation
- Configuring the host and its services
Step 1 – Adding Configuration
Go to Admin -> Monitoring Config -> NRDS Config Manager, click on Create Config, select Windows (32- or 64-bit) from the Operating System drop-down menu, and click on the Next button. You will see the Edit NRDS Config page. Most of the config options will already be populated for you with the default options. All you will need to do is type a config name, select a token from the drop-down menu, and click on the Apply button. For this example, we will be creating a config called “Win7x64”.
For more information on editing configuration files in NRDS, please watch the video below:
Step 2 – Client Installation
Now we must install the client. Go back to the NRDS Config Manager (Admin -> Monitoring Config -> NRDS Config Manager). You will see the new configuration file that you just created (in this case it is called “Win7x64”).
Click on the Client Install Instructions button (the “Notepad” icon). You will be presented with a download link to the executable, that you need to run on the Windows client.
Save the executable on the client and double-click on it to run the installer.
A new scheduled task will be created if you selected the “Create Scheduled Task” checkbox during the client installation. The task will run on a time interval that you specified. As you can see above, I selected a time interval of 5 minutes. You can view the tasks in the Windows Task Scheduler:
Step 3 – Configure The Host And Its Services
The last step is to configure the host and its services. From the Nagios XI web interface, click on Admin -> Monitoring Config -> Unconfigured Objects.
Select the checkbox next to the host, and click on the Configure button (the blue triangle).
Click on the Next button to proceed and complete the Unconfigured Passive Object Monitoring Wizard.
You have now successfully configured a Windows host for passive monitoring with NRDS in Nagios XI. The checks can now be viewed in the Service Status Dashboard.
For more information about passive monitoring with Nagios XI and NRDS view this document:
Passive Monitoring with NRDS and Nagios XI
You may also watch the NRDS video tutorial here:
Nagios Remote Data Sender Tutorial
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