- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; Second edition (November 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593271794
- ISBN-13: 978-1593271794
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For problem of version, I also purchased another book named "Learning Nagios 4" (by Wojciech Kocjan), it's very good one too, but I actually found more helps from this one in my daily monitoring job. Maybe it's because of I starting to learn Nagios with this one.
With help of this book, I have achieved to perform real monitoring job within two weeks, I have successfully developed a lot of plugins which are suitable for my customer's applications from scratch. Including NRPE, NSCA etc. It's really helpful.
When you try to install Nagios (now is version 4), those URLs of download from the book are obsolete, what you have to do is to go to the Nagios official web site to download it and then install it by yourself. The same case for NRPE, and NSCA.
I have also found there is some specific command mentioned in the book is not really there. For example the check_command, notify_outage, for distributed monitoring and passive check, I just can't find it any where. Well, I use the check_dummy and it works well for me.
Hope this could be helpful in some way.
2 years back I have read the first edition and was already impressed at that stage. Now the second edition came out with majored and updated contents, wider coverage, more details and - if you want to call it that way - built-in backwards compatibility.
Great care was taken to reflect any changes that had been done between Nagios version two and three. Whenever necessary, Barth's Nagios book points out those changes. As a fact I would say its one of the key features of this second editiion to take the reader from the second version to the third version.
This obviously includes configuration changes, migrations and testing it.
The carefully documented experience of the author and his team alone make this book well worthwhile !!
This goes from the time saving technics he describes, the config changes hints and tips, the migration scenario sample through the more advanced topics mentioned above like distributed monitoring, single sign-on environments, the embedded perl interpeter, all kind of databases (MySQL, PostgreSQL, Sap, Oracle) mailservers ( postfix, qmail, exim, sendmail ) etc. and the list goes on and on.
The now 720p and 26 chapter strong second edition covers the advanced topics many of us have been waiting for.
Just see the below highlight feature list for the big changes of the whopping 200 page additions:
- Whats new in Nagios three (overview)
- Migration / conversion from version two to three
- Single-Sign on environments (Apache, Windows ...)
- Nagios embedded Perl Interpreter
- Distributed Monitoring
- Alternate state flapping
- Monitoring file and folder sizes
- NRPE coverage
- NSClient++ coverage
The book is rounded up with 8 !! Appendices and a 25p index.
I feel you get a lot of information that will save you lots of hassle down the road.
F.e if any of the ready available plugins are not working the way you want it, no problem, Mr. Barth gives you ideas how to make them work for you or even how to create your own.
The authors very accessable style make this book readable and enjoyable for system admins, developers, consultants and managers.
The 1st edition was already ahead of its marcet, but now with Mr. Barths second edition it's definitely the worls best coverage of the Nagios tool !!
Kudos to the author and his publisher team !!
(I attached the review of the 1st edition below as a comment.)
The complex nagios environment is explained in a simple comprehensible manner. The book inspires to implemement non-standard elements.
It help you from scratch to a full blowing monitoring environment.