[TriLUG] Another way to monitor Windows using Nagios

Owen Berry oberry at trilug.org
Fri Aug 11 10:37:02 EDT 2006

For those who were interested in monitoring Windows from Nagios, another
way to do this is to use the standard Nagios check_nt plugin on the
Nagios side, and a service called nsclient (NetSaint client) on the
Windows side. You can get it at http://nsclient.ready2run.nl/. Even
though it looks like nsclient is no longer being developed or supported,
we've had no problems with it so far.

With that installed you can monitor things like CPU load, memory load,
disk space, service state, process state, system uptime, file date and
time, and anything Windows monitors via WMI ... i.e. anything you can
see in the Windows Performance tool (perfmon)! We use this for
monitoring all kinds of things on our Exchange Server and Blackberry
Enterprise Server. They both have a tendency to go belly up, so they
need close attention.

We're almost totally a Unix/Linux house, so it took some time before we
figured this stuff out, and I can't claim it's the best way to go. But
let me know if you have any questions about our setup.


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