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Nagios Core Administration Cookbook Paperback – January 25, 2013
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About the Author
Tom Ryder is a systems administrator and former web developer from New Zealand. He uses Nagios Core as part of his "day job" as a systems administrator, monitoring the network for a regional internet service provider. Tom works a great deal with UNIX-like systems, being a particular fan of GNU/Linux, and writes about usage of open source command line development tools on his blog Arabesque: http://blog.sanctum.geek.nz.
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There are some sections in every chapter. "How to do it" , "How it works" and "There's more". it describes how we start a certain feature of Nagios according to the section in "How to do it" and then explains its mechanism with easy way in "How it works" and finally there is additional contents related to the chapter in "There's more"
There is impressive paragraph in the book that nagios is close to MONITORING FRAMWORK rather than monitoring tool. It is perfect that describes nagios characteristic because it has already provide ecosystem, for example, lots of plugins support . And it is important to know where to find if need specific plugin that doesn't meet requirements. Author instructed that how to find a plugin that the administrator needs and where.
People who are unfamiliar with Nagios, in my opinion, they may be confused that Nagios has SOFT and HARD state in response to server or host failing. In chapter 3, author tries to explain the difference between two by giving an understandable example.
At last, in chapter 11, he gives an explanation about add-on projects like NRPE, NSClient++, NDOUtils and SNMP trap. If you need to extend the feature of Nagios to provide better-fitting solution on you own production, this will very helpful to you.
Every single example in here use Linux computers. In the real world, most people have Windows machines they need to watch as well. Never touched base on use the ++ client for windows (which is okay I guess because it's just 1 more program to hog memory on a windows box).
This is definitely a book for absolute beginners, no more than that. I read the whole book after receiving it last night in an hour... if that is any indicator.
What I was hoping for as a "cookbook" were real world examples using Linux and windows machines and maybe a few popular networking products like Linksys and Cisco using SNMP and WMI or something else to get the data you need.
I was very disappointed in this book. It never met my expectations as a "Cookbook" and was feeling scammed when it it is just re-spouting the same stuff from the getting started guide online.
FYI: Here is a free one... [...]
I recommend going through this book while configuring Nagios Core in a lab environment, especially if this is your first time. I was going through the recipes with a spare machine running Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS.