Monitoring using NRPE¶
NRPE gives system admins the ability to run monitoring plugins on a remote system. For this to function you must first have a running NRPE server and have installed monitoring plugins on the remote system.
It is recommended that you use the openITCOCKPIT Monitoring Agent to run plugins on the remote host, as this setup is far less complex. You can decide which method you prefer.
Installing the NRPE plugin for openITCOCKPIT¶
Establish an SSH connection to your openITCOCKPIT server and install the following package:
apt-get install --no-install-recommends nagios-nrpe-plugin
It is recommended that you link the
check_nrpe plugin to the default plugin folder for openITCOCKPIT.
ln -s /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_nrpe /opt/openitc/nagios/libexec/check_nrpe
To be able to use the new plugin, you will need to create a new command under
Objects -> Commands. To do this, click
+ New button.
|Service check command
/usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_nrpe -H $HOSTADDRESS$ -c "$ARG1$"
|Command argument ($ARG1)
To use the
check_nrpe nrpe plugin, you also need to create a new service template. To create this, navigate
Monitoring -> Vorlagen -> Servicevorlagen and click the
+ New button.
Set the container to
/root. This will ensure the service template is visible to all users of the system. And this
example, we'll assign
CHECK_BY_NRPE_SIMPLE as the name for the service.
|Service templates definitions
|Enable active checks
|Command name (ARG1)
Installing NRPE server on the target system¶
To be able to use NRPE, you must have
nagios-nrpe-server installed on the remote host. Once this has been done,
establish an SSH connection to the remote host and install the following package:
apt-get install nagios-plugins nagios-nrpe-server
You can then open the file
/etc/nagios/nrpe.cfg with the editor of your choice
allowed_hosts and add the IP address of your openITCOCKPIT server.
The default configuration comes with predefined basic checks. These sample checks are now available to be used.
Using the default configuration, this will check the disk
/dev/hda1 which no longer exists on most systems. In our
case we will replace this with
command[check_users]=/usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_users -w 5 -c 10
command[check_load]=/usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_load -w 15,10,5 -c 30,25,20
command[check_vda1]=/usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_disk -w 20% -c 10% -p /dev/vda1
command[check_zombie_procs]=/usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_procs -w 5 -c 10 -s Z
command[check_total_procs]=/usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_procs -w 150 -c 200
Whenever you change the configuration the
nagios-nrpe-server.service must be restarted for the changes to take effect.
systemctl restart nagios-nrpe-server.service
Monitoring -> Services and click the
+ New button.
First you will need to select a host on which to create the service and then select the
template. The system will now load all predefined values for the service template.
Change the service name to
CPU Load, set
check_load as the command name ($ARG1$) and then click
Repeat this step for all NRPE commands. The command names are defined in the file
nrpe.cfg on the target host. In this
incidence we have the following standard commands:
Once all the services have been created, you must update the monitoring configuration.
Your new services will now be monitored by the system.