[Gllug] Monitoring system

Simon Morris mozrat at gmail.com
Wed Jun 21 06:34:13 UTC 2006

On 20/06/06, manuel kanagasuntherie <manuelkan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Simon,
> Thanks for getting back to me, i realised that what I meant to ask was
> firstly is someone using the combination and secondly is it difficult to
> configure? I have had a look on the website and it seems a bit tricky for a
> newbie to get into. I am planning to use it to monitor a couple of redhat
> boxes running squid, apache and samba.
> Just really after whats best to use as an OS/Base ie redhat, debian etc and
> other tips.

Hi Manuel,

Sorry for the slow reply - Please be sure to include the mailing list
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If you use a packaging system (Like Red Hats yum, or Debians apt) both
Cacti and Nagios should be easy to install from the official RPM or
DEB packages.

The configuration of Cacti involves creating a MySQL database and then
it's fairly easy to get the web interface up and running. It will show
you graphs from the localhost straight away and adding new hosts is
easy if they are already running SNMP.

The configuration of Nagios is a little... arcane. You need to define
hosts, hostgroups and services in separate files. For large
installations it can get a little messy but just ask here on-list for
help when you get that far.

You asked which distribution would be easiest to use to run
Nagios/Cacti? I would say thats a matter of preference really. Use
whichever you feel happiest with. I would use Debian personally.


Whichever you choose we can help you get it working :-)


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