Re: server monitoring program
on Tue, Dec 10, 2002 at 01:15:19PM -0500, Kevin Coyner (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> Looking for a recommendation of a server monitoring program to use.
> I'm responsible for serveral different websites that are run on
> independent ISP/hosts. A couple of these sites are on Win2K boxes, and
> a couple on Linux.
> I'm looking for a program that does simple testing to see if these sites
> are "just up and running" (i.e. as simple as a periodic ping). Almost
> needless to say, I'm not on the same network as these machines, so
> firewalls will be present on both my end and the server end.
Nagios is recommended, though its setup is nontrivial. It's also a bit
jealous of real-estate, and tends to pig your desktop for a full browser
view. If anyone knows of a "consolidated" nagios monitor a'la gkrellm
or a WindowMaker dock app, please share. Though the browser is a
ubiquitious content access tool, it's not particularly well suited to
system monitoring, IMO, particularly on a system that's not dedicated to
the monitoring task.
For a simple ping continuity test, I've found 'wmhdown' to be useful,
particularly after recompiling it with a default bitmap that's green
rather than grey. Dropping this on the bottom of my WindowMaker dock,
I've got a small, subtle, but effective indicator of whether or not a
given host is reachable. I've found that this is a useful and effective
You might also look into audio alamrs, pages, and related type
indicators, though the issue in this case is distinguishing actual
alerts from false alarms.
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