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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 2 edition (7 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593271794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593271794
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 859,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wolfgang Barth has written several books for professional network administrators, including Firewall (Suse Press), Network Analysis (Suse Press), and Backup Solutions with Linux (Open Source Press). He is a professional system administrator with considerable experience using Nagios.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Jan. 2010
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If, like me, you found Nagios to be rather confusing to configure this is definately the book for you. It goes into great detail on installing the software from source, setting up the software and using the interface. It also details agents that can be installed on Linux and Windows hosts that monitor the processes, disc usage and network interfaces. If you are a lazy/smart admin this is the book for you: just set it up and it will tell you what wrong on your network and servers and save you a load of time. Sure, it'll take a while to set up and tune but the benefits of having it once you get it right will leave you thinking how you managed without it.

It includes "parents" on the network to quickly determine what is at fault; so where you get a user bleating "I can't access the Internet" rather than doing your fault finding (check the proxy, check the firewall, check the router, phone the ISP) Nagios will tell you where the fault is before the user even picks up the phone.

It even talks about monitoring the room temperature of the server room and letting you know if there is a fault there.

Many technical manuals don't provide a decent index; this is not one of them! The index is great and on level par with "Unix Power Tools" by O'Reilly.

Linux experience is required to some degree, but don't let that put you off. Most linux distributions are easy to install now and get up and running to run Nagios. If you're not sure what distro to use (and haven't bought a RedHat pre-installed server) then Ubuntu Server is a great place to start and has excellent device driver support.

I don't normally write reviews but this is by far the best technical manaual I have ever read (and I've read a lot) so felt compelled to shout about it from the rooftops - if you're looking to learn Nagios look no further.

If I had one complaint, it is that it does not cover NConf - read this book and then check it out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrés on 12 Nov. 2011
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If you want to install Nagios and don't know a bit about it, you *must* read this one.
It's a great book to understand how Nagios works, how to install it and to learn the options you can use.
But it doesn't cover Nconf, which is a great way to manage Nagios installations!
My suggestion: 1) read this book. 2) install Nagios AND nconf. 3) use nconf to manage Nagios.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silent-majority on 9 July 2011
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Good book to start your life with Nagios.

All the information can also be obtained from the various support sites, but much easier at the start to have it all in the book in front of you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Ostojski on 25 Sept. 2008
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Book covers Nagios2. It's easy to follow and let you know about an important features of Nagios. The beginning could be bit more better, but overall it's good book. You should be able to build small and medium size monitoring environment after reading and that what you may expect after that kind of book. There are some more adv. topics, but if you already know how to run it and configure in your environment you wont get know much more. I can recommend to anyone who don't really know how to start and configure Nagios
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