Pro Nagios 2.0 by James Turnbull explains how to install and administer Nagios, the Web-based enterprise management tool that helps monitor Unix, Windows, network devices, infrastructure equipment and applications. You'll learn how to architect Nagios installations, deploy agents and plug-ins, and monitor a variety of assets, which include applications across a variety of platforms and operating systems. The book's real-world configurations and supporting materials will enable you to deploy Nagios and integrate other tools (like MRTG and Snort) on a helpful step-by-step basis. Integrating Nagios with a variety of other tools can add more functionality to its internal monitoring and alerting capabilities. The book covers additional topics like security, redundancy and failover, and plug-in development. And it shows you how to create your own Nagios plug-ins, to monitor devices for which Nagios may not provide plug-ins.
Chapter 2, "Basic Object Configuration," gets users started on the basics of configuring Nagios servers to monitor hosts and services. Learn the differences between Nagios object types and their capabilities. Pro Nagios is written for users with little or no prior knowledge of Nagios.
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Excerpted from Pro Nagios 2.0, First edition by James Turnbull (ISBN: 1-59059-609-9). Copyright © April 2006 Apress, Inc. All rights reserved.