Basic nagios setup

From PrgmrWiki

the first two steps are only required if you are still on debian 4 (like ec2... you will need to upgrade soon, security updates for etch will be abandoned next spring, I believe.)


first, install backports http://wiki.debian.org/Backports

next, set your default version http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/ch-apt-get.en.html#s-default-version

now, no matter what version of debian, run

apt-get install nagios3


if dpkg-configure didn't set a passwd in /etc/nagios3/htpasswd.users, make a password for nagiosadmin

login to the web interface (http://hostname/nagios3/) as user nagiosadmin and the password you set. should work.


edit /etc/nagios3/conf.d/contacts_nagios2.cfg for who to page

edit conf.d/hostgroups_nagios2.cfg for what groups you have and who is in what group

edit conf.d/services_nagios2.cfg for what programs to run against what groups of servers.


on all clients you must

apt-get install nagios-nrpe-plugin 

or use check_by_ssh http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/opensource/?p=321


then open the firewall so that