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How to Monitor Domain Expiration with Nagios XI 2014

Nagios XI - Domain Expiration WizardAnyone who rents or owns a domain knows that its registration will expire unless it is renewed. An expired domain can cause loads of issues for groups who rely on the accessibility of said domain whether they are large or small. One major issue that can stem from an expired domain in which you may have forgotten to renew is that a “squatter” could potentially register that domain under their own name and grab your valuable traffic for themselves. With the new Domain Expiration Wizard you can monitor down to the day of when your domain will expire. This is done by checking against the registrar to determine the time remaining so that you can renew your registration before it becomes too late. This is only one of the new wizards included in our latest release of Nagios XI 2014.

The Domain Expiration wizard can be ran in a few easy steps:

  • First, Enter the address of your domain:

Nagios XI - Domain Expiration Wizard

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Using the Mass Acknowledge Component in Nagios XI

The Mass Acknowledge component in Nagios XI makes it very easy to mass acknowledge problems with hosts/services that are in non-OK state. The component allows you to suppress additional alerts to be sent out, while a team member works on resolving the issue(s). This component can also be used to schedule downtime for hosts/services, or schedule immediate checks in bulk.

From the Nagios XI Home page, navigate to Incident Management –> Mass Acknowledge. Select the function you would like to use from the Command Type drop-down menu. Then, select the hosts/services you wish to target. You can select some of the hosts/services by clicking on each checkbox or you can select all of them at once, by clicking on the Check All Items button. If you suspect that there are more hosts/services in a non-OK state than those you see on the page, you can always click on the Update List button on the top to update the list.

Next, set the length of downtime in minutes, and enter a comment. You have an option to choose whether to send or not to send alerts. Simply select or deselect the appropriate Notify checkboxes. Also, you have an option to make some (or all) of your comments Sticky or Persistent.

Note: If you want acknowledgement to disable notifications until the host/service recovers, check the Sticky acknowledgement checkbox. On the other hand, if you would like the host/service comment to remain once the acknowledgement is removed, check the Persistent acknowledgement checkbox.

Finally, click on the Submit Commands button.

Mass Acknowledgements and Downtime Scheduling in Nagios XI

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Nagios Incident Manager Public Beta

Nagios Incident Manager is an enterprise-class incident management application that allows teams and individuals to track and solve problems faster using a powerful web-based application that offers security, mobility, third-party integration, and tools for collaboration. Nagios Incident Manager can be integrated easily with Nagios XI or Nagios Core’s built-in event handling, or any other third party tool with an easy-to-use web API for creating and managing tickets. Nagios Incident Manager is currently available for public beta testing, with install instructions posted below. Supported installation platforms are CentOS and RHEL 5/6, and we recommend installing the beta on a clean system.

Beta Installation Instructions

Documentation and tutorials are coming soon!

For Nagios XI users, see documentation on Integrating Nagios IM with Nagios XI.

 

 

Enabling Out-Of-Band (OOB) SMS Notifications In Nagios With The Multi-Tech iSMS


We’ve had a number of requests from customers that need SMS notification capabilities in Nagios XI. SMS provides a method for sending out-of-band (OOB) notifications over the cellphone network, thereby increasing the reliability and dependability of receiving critical alerts and notifications. This can be especially helpful if you need to receive alerts from your Nagios server in your data center when your Internet connection fails.

To facilitate reliable SMS notifications, we integrated the Multi-Tech iSMS GSM modem with Nagios XI. You can find the integration documentation and component at the links below:

Documentation: MultiTech iSMS Integration With Nagios XI

Component: Multi-Tech iSMS Nagios XI Notification Component