Do you run your own server? if so, what do you use to monitor the services that you run?
You may have heard of Nagios? But have you heard of Icinga?
Icinga is a fork from Nagois, to always remain backward compatible (feature dependant) with Nagois. So why would I chose Icinga over Nagios?
Icinga Project´s Mission
Icinga aims to be the best choice for open source enterprise monitoring.
Icinga promises new, long-awaited features while maintaining a clear upgrade path for existing Nagios installations.
Icinga will enable easy extension of system functionality through a clearly defined addon API. Thus addons for Icinga do not need to deal with access rights or data access privileges as these functions will be centrally provided by the API
Icinga contributors will maintain open communication inside and outside the project
Icinga developers will focus on features, usability and scalability of Icinga for our users.
Icinga is an open-source project, publishing its work under the GNU General Public License.
I use Icinga to monitor the following services on my sever…
And so far all is working well and I'm most happy with the way that Icinga is developing…
Here is the system summary …
Services break down…
So as you can see from these images the current layout is very similar to Nagois but this is about to change in version 0.8.3 for more details on Icinga visit…
I'm usually a GNOME user, and until recently I've been keeping an eye on the developments with KDE4.3 I have to admit there has been some good work done to this desktop since it's first release! (view this like a person who has had limited experience with KDE!) So far the only major issue I have struck is that the video that's on board is an ATI! (ASUS M3A76-CM motherboard with an AMD 7750+ x2 Athlon CPU) and the latest ATI Catalyst™ Display Driver (17/08/2009) fails to install leaving you with a rather broken XORG 🙁 So no pretty 3D eye candy just yet!
I use Skype a fair bit, and I was happy to find that it worked! but then I installed FireFox 3.5 (this pulled in a lot of other GNOME packages) and now Skype fails to load with a sound library issue! (libasound2) so at this point it appears that FireFox and Skype don't co-habitate… so after writing this post it's good bye FireFox 3.5 🙁
I've failed to mention that I'm running this under x86_64 as i want the full potential out of my hardware! I've noticed that the CPU(s) only idle, in that they really don't have much load so this is good! memory usage is just on 750Mb out of 4Gb (swap partition not being used!) so I'm happy with that! those results are considerably different to when I was running it under i386 (ubuntu 9.04) the CPU(s) used ti idle around 15% each when doing essentially nothing!
So I'm liking what I see thus far, and it will be interesting to see how things develop as time goes on…
In my previous blog I mentioned that the available ports had changed from the previous install of APRSD. As my I-Gate was only connecting to one of the Australian T2 servers, the claim on my javAPRS status page saying that to get a "Full APRS Feed" on port 10152 was simply untrue! I wasn't connecting to any of the following core servers (first.aprs.net/second.aprs.net/third.aprs.net) The data I receive from the Australian T2 server is not a full worldwide feed, but a filtered Australian & New Zealand feed. So I've corrected this by changing the port for (what was) a "Full Feed" to that of "Filtered" from the Australian T2 server so hopefully this will remove any confusion! (confused?)