[colug-432] unix monitoring

Travis Sidelinger travissidelinger at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 19:35:55 EST 2016

Zenoss is another good one.

We were also using SCOM for Linux.  The failed heartbeat messages were in
the thousands daily and completely useless.

We went with Nagios+NRPE+NagiosQL+Nagstamon+Cacti.  Yes, its configuration
management is not automated, but we did our own scripting to automated the
configs to build from our CMDB.  We needed 5 different instances for
separate isolated environments, so using a solution where we were not
charged 5x was important.  Also, it is a fairly lightweight solution.  It's
not perfect, but got it done and onto the next task.


On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 6:14 PM, Rick Hornsby <richardjhornsby at gmail.com>

> We're presently using Microsoft SCOM to monitor our enterprise (mix of
> Windows and Linux) ... and it's ... horrible.  There's simply no other way
> to describe the experience for a UNIX admin.  We've given up trying to
> automate the unix agent installation.  It's a broken in ways we cannot fix.
> So we're pondering a better solution for our UNIX environment.  BMC Patrol
> is out - it's got big stompy feet and an even larger price tag.  We're
> looking at free/OSS options to cover ~1000 unix hosts, mostly RHEL and SUSE
> but some Solaris and AIX.
> Start with the basics - CPU load, disk space, ports listening, processes
> running, etc - and have the ability to grow into application level
> monitoring.  It would be nice if the OSS version supported LDAP auth.  We
> plan to integrate the solution into our eventual server provisioning stuff
> that we're planning to build with Puppet.  It would also be nice if the
> dashboard was pretty.
> For an idea, some of the ones we're considering are Zabbix, Nagios, Sensu,
> and PandoraFMS.
> Zabbix - I have some past experience with 1.x and 2.0/2.2.  The web UI is
> a little painful.  Just now I quick-like spun up a Zabbix 3.0 instance ---
> and things on the dashboard are blinking.  No really, green blocks on the
> screen are blinking.  Please stop blinking, giant blocks.
> Nagios - It's been around long enough to have earned a bad rep for
> basically being old, never very user friendly, and generally brittle by
> modern standards.
> Sensu - It looks pretty?  Don't know much, but it's weird that the OSS
> version is Ruby but the enterprise version is Java?
> PandoraFMS - Don't know much about this one.
> What are you guys running?  It feels like there must be more options out
> there that we're not aware of.
> thanks!
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