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Nagios Core Administration Cookbook

Nagios Core Administration Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Tom Ryder
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Network monitoring requires significantly more than just pinging hosts. This cookbook will help you to comprehensively test your networks’ major functions on a regular basis.

"Nagios Core Administration Cookbook" will show you how to use Nagios Core as a monitoring framework that understands the layers and subtleties of the network for intelligent monitoring and notification behaviour.

Nagios Core Administration Guide introduces the reader to methods of extending Nagios Core into a network monitoring solution. The book begins by covering the basic structure of hosts, services, and contacts and then goes on to discuss advanced usage of checks and notifications, and configuring intelligent behaviour with network paths and dependencies. The cookbook emphasizes using Nagios Core as an extensible monitoring framework. By the end of the book, you will learn that Nagios Core is capable of doing much more than pinging a host or to check if websites respond.


This book is written in Cookbook style, beginning with recipes based on basic structure which gradually progresses towards using Nagios Core as a monitoring framework.

Who this book is for

This book is for System Administrators who are looking for recipes to help them deal with advanced network monitoring issues with Nagios Core.

About the Author

Tom Ryder

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:

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3578 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849515565
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 1st New edition edition (25 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849515573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849515573
  • ASIN: B00B71KZ1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 23 Mar 2013
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If you are a sysadmin and you want to set up a Nagios install fast but correctly so you don't have to re build it properly later then buy this, everything you need in is there... Simples!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Admin guide! 8 Feb 2013
I have been using Nagios for several years now and this book is a great admin guide. You need to have a basic knowledge about the Nagios system (including the core installation). This book details the setting of some of the advanced features to ensure that your Nagios system doesn't just report on whether your hosts responds to pings!
It covers the setup of various monitoring methods includes SSH, web, mail, snmp and databases.
It's a well-used reference guide for all my Nagios installations (and there are a few!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome resource and instruction 1 April 2013
By Richard J Breiten - Published on
I have to say, most of my knowledge of Nagios comes solely from surfing the internet, trial and error, and Google. I wish I had this book over a year and a half ago when I first started learning about this software. The topics are extremely easy to follow and start from the very basics to advanced topics including redundant servers and monitoring Nagios own performance. The illustrations that accompany the text are very easy to follow and understand and help, rather than hinder, the information. I really like the way the book is laid in terms of chapters and sections - new information is presented, explained, and detailed, but then there's a section called "There's more..." which delves deeper into the specific topic. In all, for sys admins and others who wish they could monitor their networks in real-time and be more proactive, this book is an invaluable source and constant companion. I can't recommend this book enough. More information about this book can be found here - [...]. Do yourself a favor - save yourself the headaches, the constant Googling, and headscratching and pick up this book. You'll thank yourself in the end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners through Intermediate Users 18 Feb 2013
By Andrew - Published on
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This book covers every corner of Nagios Core needed for a healthy setup. If this is your first time using Nagios Core, this is the book for you. Even if you have a working environment, this is a great resource to verify best practices are being followed - in terms of both security and usability.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 25 Mar 2013
By A. Gage - Published on
This book is really well written and walks you through all aspects of Nagios from getting started to advanced topics such as configuring a redundant server. I have been using Nagios for many years and was surprised that I was able to expand my knowledge and develop a better understanding of topics I had previously struggled with. The author also does a great job explaining difficult concepts in a simple way that make it easy to understand. The format is a little odd, each of the topics are written as recipes of a cookbook of Nagios mastery. However, this actually seems to be a good way to dissect Nagios into small parts that are able to be easily understood. Each recipe also gives back and forward references to materials you might want to look at first as a prerequisite or afterwards to expand the concept. There are also lots of references to external content if you wish to learn more about specific topics that are covered briefly in the book. I recommend this book to anyone looking to get started with Nagios or to people who wish to expand their Nagios knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Timely! 8 Mar 2013
By J Prince - Published on
There have been some good books written on Nagios, however, they are dated! This is current and up to date with applicable examples. If you are looking for a good 'how to' for Nagios, this is a great place to start!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not A True Cookbook... Basic Setup Guide For Beginners More Like It. 20 Nov 2013
By Christopher E. Franklin - Published on
I don't know why everyone is giving this a 5 star rating. It's basically a copy/paste of the Getting Started Guide that is online. The first pages are wasted on showing you how to add hosts, services, contacts, host groups, service groups and contact groups to the config files...

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... [...]
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