Install Nagios 4.0.8 on Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Server

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Nagios® Core™ is an Open Source system and network monitoring application. It watches hosts and services that you specify, alerting you when things go bad and when they get better.Nagios Core was originally designed to run under Linux, although it should work under most other unices as well.

Nagios Features

Some of the many features of Nagios Core include:

Monitoring of network services (SMTP, POP3, HTTP, NNTP, PING, etc.)
Monitoring of host resources (processor load, disk usage, etc.)
Simple plugin design that allows users to easily develop their own service checks
Parallelized service checks
Ability to define network host hierarchy using "parent" hosts, allowing detection of and distinction between hosts that are down and those that are unreachable
Contact notifications when service or host problems occur and get resolved (via email, pager, or user-defined method)
Ability to define event handlers to be run during service or host events for proactive problem resolution
Automatic log file rotation
Support for implementing redundant monitoring hosts
Optional web interface for viewing current network status, notification and problem history, log file, etc.

Preparing your system

First You need to make sure you have install Ubuntu 15.04 LAMP Server and once you have that follow the next steps.

Switch to root user and run the all the commands

sudo su --

Install the following packages

apt-get install build-essential php5-gd wget libgd2-xpm-dev libapache2-mod-php5 apache2-utils daemon

You need to create nagios user,nagcmd group and add the nagios,apache user to the part of nagcmd group

useradd nagios
groupadd nagcmd
usermod -a -G nagcmd nagios
usermod -a -G nagcmd www-data

Download Nagios core DIY Source from here

cd /tmp/
wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/nagios/nagios-4.0.8.tar.gz
tar -zxvf /tmp/nagios-4.0.8.tar.gz
cd /tmp/nagios-4.0.8/

Compile and install Nagios Using the following commands

./configure –with-nagios-group=nagios –with-command-group=nagcmd
make all
make install
make install-init
make install-config
make install-commandmode
make install-webconf
make install-exfoliation

Configure Nagios web Interface

Create nagiosadmin account using the following command

htpasswd -c /usr/local/nagios/etc/htpasswd.users nagiosadmin

Enable CGI module and restart the apache2 server

a2enmod cgi

service apache2 restart

Install Nagios Plugins

Download and install nagios plugins using the following commands

cd /tmp

wget http://nagios-plugins.org/download/nagios-plugins-2.0.3.tar.gz

tar -zxvf /tmp/nagios-plugins-2.0.3.tar.gz

cd /tmp/nagios-plugins-2.0.3/

Compile and install nagios plugins using the following commands

./configure --with-nagios-user=nagios --with-nagios-group=nagios
make
make install

Start Nagios

Verify the sample nagios configuration files using the following command

/usr/local/nagios/bin/nagios -v /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg

Output

Nagios Core 4.0.8
Copyright (c) 2009-present Nagios Core Development Team and Community Contributors
Copyright (c) 1999-2009 Ethan Galstad
Last Modified: 08-12-2014
License: GPL

Website: http://www.nagios.org
Reading configuration data...
Read main config file okay...
Read object config files okay...

Running pre-flight check on configuration data...

Checking objects...
Checked 8 services.
Checked 1 hosts.
Checked 1 host groups.
Checked 0 service groups.
Checked 1 contacts.
Checked 1 contact groups.
Checked 24 commands.
Checked 5 time periods.
Checked 0 host escalations.
Checked 0 service escalations.
Checking for circular paths...
Checked 1 hosts
Checked 0 service dependencies
Checked 0 host dependencies
Checked 5 timeperiods
Checking global event handlers...
Checking obsessive compulsive processor commands...
Checking misc settings...

Total Warnings: 0
Total Errors: 0

Things look okay -- No serious problems were detected during the pre-flight check

If you are not seeing any errors the start nagios using the following

/etc/init.d/nagios start

When i try to start the nagios i got the following error and found out there is an issue with nagios init script

[....] Starting nagios (via systemctl): nagios.serviceFailed to start nagios.service: Unit nagios.service failed to load: No such file or directory. failed!

Solution to nagios init script

Copy /etc/init.d/skeleton to /etc/init.d/nagios using the following command

cp /etc/init.d/skeleton /etc/init.d/nagios

Now edit the nagios file

vi nagios

add the following lines

DESC="Nagios"
NAME=nagios
DAEMON=/usr/local/nagios/bin/$NAME
DAEMON_ARGS="-d /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg"
PIDFILE=/usr/local/nagios/var/$NAME.lock

Save and exit the file

Finally you need to change the permissions of the file

chmod +x /etc/init.d/nagios

You can start the nagios using the following command

/etc/init.d/nagios start

Ouput

* Starting Nagios [ OK ]

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3 thoughts on “Install Nagios 4.0.8 on Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Server

  1. Shoundn´t be in the section “Compile and install Nagios Using the following commands”
    be a line like this first:
    ./configure –with-nagios-group=nagios –with-command-group=nagcmd
    ???

  2. So i stepped through all of this, and i dont know what the url for the site is supposed to be. the nagios service reports starting ok, but when i try http://host/nagios, and i get a 404 not found.

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