Icinga Director v1.4.0

 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:28:44 +0200 
#^Icinga Director v1.4.0 has been released
We tagged v1.3.2 more than two months ago and according our initial plans it should have been announced together with v1.4.0. However, sometimes things take longer than expected. But now it’s official: Director v1.4.0 is our shiny new release.

Was gibt es Neues vom Icinga Director?

 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:53:10 +0200 
ziemlich viel und es macht richtig Spass!

#^Was gibt’s Neues vom Director?
Gleich zwei neue Releases stehen an, und während die v1.3.2 bereits vor einer Woche inoffiziell getagged wurde, werden bei der v1.4.0 gerade noch die letzten Kanten rund geschliffen. Wenn nichts dazwischen kommt werden dann Anfang nächster Woche beide gemeinsam offiziell angekündigt werden.

Einfachere Suche, flexiblere Tabellen
Template Choices
Schnelleres Arbeiten mit einzelnen Services
Neue Dashboards und Dashlets
Vererbung ist alles
Genutzte Custom Variablen
VMware vSphere/ESXi Import

Business Process module

 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:01:25 +0100 
There is a lot of progress compared to the old BPM.

Business Process module v2.0.0 released
Want to visualize part of your IT infrastructure in a hierarchical way? Do you know the Business Impact of single services? What would happen in case you power down a specific server? Would it have any influence on your most important services? If yes, which applications would have been affected? This is what the Icinga Business Process module has been built for.

Define as many processes nested as deep as you want: each node can calculate it’s own state based on a given logical operator. Show them as a tree or using the tile renderer. Discover the business impact of your components, simulate state changes and deploy Icinga Service Checks and Notifications. Start to monitor whole processes instead of single services.

Director to the rescue

 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:29:39 +0100 
Exceptions prove the rule, Director to the rescue
Two and a half month have gone by since version 1.2.0. Yesterday we tagged the latest release: version 1.3.0. As we all know, Director is a fantastic tool for automation, being the glue between your various data sources and your monitoring. But in the rough real world not all the things are always automated. Therefore, this release puts focus on managing all those “little exemptions” many of you are facing in their daily work with in semi-automated environments.


 Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:42:34 +0100 
#^Bro Security Monitoring » ADMIN Magazine
The Bro security framework takes a new approach to security monitoring, with the emphasis on trends and long-term analysis.
Bro is high-quality security monitoring tool designed to discover and analyze traffic trends on your network. Bro provides in-depth analysis of network traffic without limiting itself to traditional signature-based approaches.



 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:44:46 +0100 
What a nice collection of monitoring plugins! Setting up a Centreon Monitoring system was my final practical task during my apprenticeship. After switching to Icinga some years later, these plugins I unfortunately lost sight of.

centreon-plugins - Collection of plugins for softwares compatible with Nagios plugins

“centreon-plugins” is a free and open source project to monitor systems. The project can be used with Centreon and all monitoring softwares compatible with Nagios plugins.

Nagios check with PhantomJS

 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:47:18 +0100 
phantomjs-nagios - Nagios check with PhantomJS. Render an complete Webpage headless and test load time with nagios

Icinga performance data
    load_time: load time of complete website in ms
    size: complete size of all downloaded files in byte
    requests: count of files (css,js,html,...)
    dom_elements: count of all DOM elements on the site
    load_time_initial_req: the load time of the first request

Icinga Director v1.2.0

 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:41:10 +0100 
Icinga Director v1.2.0 has been released
Just 4 months have gone by since 1.1.0, and slightly more then 7 months since our first stable release. Icinga Director matured fast and has grown from a small Icinga Web 2 module to a pretty huge project. Yesterday we released version 1.2.0, packed with new features, bug fixes and usability improvements.

Permissions and restrictions
Configuration possibilities
GUI and usability

Icinga 2 meets InfluxDB

 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 16:58:27 +0200 
Icinga 2 meets InfluxDB
When it comes to monitoring we like to send out a notification as soon as the problem occurs. What’s better than a system that reports a problem the very moment it appears, right? However, we are aware that alerting alone is not always enough. To identify the problem’s root cause it is often necessary to have more information about a service besides its availability state. To meet this claim, most of the monitoring plugins used with Icinga 2 can return performance data. Additionally, the output contains a string showing one or more performance data metrics, for example the time a host or service check took to execute, the number of bytes being transferred, or the free disk space. With the new InfluxDBWriter feature of Icinga 2.5 it’s possible to automatically store this data in an InfluxDB database – without detour. In order to achieve that, the corresponding Icinga 2 object communicates with the native InfluxDB HTTP API.

I really should replace the old RRD perfdata files with InfluxDB. Grafana is a really nice tool.

M$ System Center Operations Manager connector for Icinga 2

 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:08:10 +0200 last edited: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:08:47 +0200  
icinga2-scom-connector - SCOM Alert connector for Icinga 2
The SCOM connector will help you import alert data from SCOM into Icinga 2.

It helps you to update Icinga's configuration with Hosts monitored by SCOM.

The other part of the tool will query all open alerts from SCOM and publish that status into Icinga, so you can see and get alerted about open problems.

Icinga 2.2

 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:51:57 +0100 
Waiting for Icinga Web 2.

#^Icinga 2 release 2.2.0 – Agent, Cli & Apply For Rules | Icinga
by Michael Friedrich | Nov 17, 2014
When releasing Icinga 2 in its final version, we got quite a lot of feedback on why there is no agent, and how to monitor remote clients. Back in the beginning of 2014 we already had an idea on how to implement it, but you’d better design, re-design and even re-design such an i...

Bosun monitoring & alerting

 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:22:13 +0100 
#^Announcing Bosun, our new open source monitoring & alerting system « Blog – Stack Exchange
If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason. - Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey A big part of scaling up an engineering team is getting serious about monitoring and alerts. A good monitoring system collects data from all of your various systems — for example, how...

Sounds quite good. They also have a very interesting looking build system based on #Docker.

graph it...

 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:29:34 +0200 
Creating suitable templates for your performance data in pnp4nagios is really worth the effort. Should have worked with the pnp4nagios templates much earlier! Still so many ideas how to improve it and add more features. Just realized today how long I haven't really worked with our monitoring system anymore. Had to delegate this task some years ago to others, but now I see how much more you could do with it and somehow I regret it.
 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:03:06 +0200 
Always got to hear there is no CPU stats for DELL switches, also the monitoring plugins I saw had fans, temp, psu, ports, etc. but no CPU. So I was bit excited when I found CPU stats in SNMP today for a DELL PowerConnect 2848. But then again in other places the SNMP implementation is just broken. It is the most recent firmware from last year. :-!$ snmpwalk -v2c -c public switchaddress .
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.674.10895.3000. = INTEGER: 67109249
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.674.10895.3000. = INTEGER: 67109249
Error: OID not increasing: SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.674.10895.3000.
>= SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.674.10895.3000.

Is DELL a company that will fix such problems?

Icinga 2.0

 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:29:25 +0200 last edited: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:45:10 +0200  

#^Icinga 2.0 has arrived
The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Today we release our stable version of Icinga 2.0: One incredibly powerful, ingeniously scalable piece of monitoring software that is simple to install, logical to configure and easy to extend. If you have been on another planet for the last 20 months, you can catch up on our numerous...

Icinga Web 2 Preview

 Wed, 07 May 2014 20:56:21 +0200 
#^A Preview to Icinga Web 2

As we tinker away at Icinga Web 2, we’re finding it harder to keep it secret. So we thought: Why not show you what we have cooking under the hood? Effortless Dashboards When logging into Icinga Web 2 the first port of call will be your dashboard. These can be configured to show as many...

Very impressive statement:
With an empty cache, just four requests are sent from the browser, amounting to a crazy total of 60KB to be loaded by the server. This is the HTML code, a large Icinga logo, Javascript for the application and various style sheets.
From this point on, no single JS or CSS file needs to be loaded.

NSClient++ new configuration

 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:50:26 +0100 
If you need to monitor M$ Windows servers #NSClient++ is a nice tool. Today I had to change some service checks and tried the release candidate from v0.4.2. It is quite different, but it is absolutely worth to dig into the new configuration and possibilities. The new filters and all these things are so powerful and amazing. \o/

CheckSystem — NSClient++ 0.4.2 documentation
Various system related checks, such as CPU load, process state, service state memory usage and PDH counters. A list of all avalible queries (check commands) A list of all short hand aliases for queries (check commands) Commands (executable): TODO: Add command list A quick reference for all avalible queries (check commands) in the CheckSystem module...

Just not got  [/includes] working yet to better structure all the checks.