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Nagios: System and Network Monitoring

Nagios: System and Network Monitoring is hands down one of the best technical books I have read thus far. While I have used Nagios plenty of times in the past before, prior to reading Nagios: System and Network Monitoring, I knew little to none about its configuration and inner workings, let alone plugin development (really simple stuff, literally). One of the things that make this book an absolute must have for any one interesting in using Nagios is the thorough explanation of just about every service/command configuration setting their is available for Nagios (at the the time of the book writing of course). The official Nagios documentation is great, but this book explains them in a more easier to understand approach, and more importantly it describes practical use for such settings. In addition of doing an awesome job explaining service/command configurations, this book does an excellent job explaining the most common Nagios plugins in great detail.

Thanks to this book, I literally started using Nagios in my home network to monitor just about anything that powers up and its online in someway.

This book has to be the ultimate reference/guide for all things Nagios system and network monitoring. Their is a really good reason why the main developer of Nagios quoted this book as "this book is incredibly detailed" and "I don’t think I could have gone into that much detail if I wrote a book myself".

PART I: From Source Code to a Running Installation
Chapter 1: Installation
Chapter 2: Nagios Configuration
Chapter 3: Startup

PART II: In More Detail...
Chapter 4: Nagios Basics
Chapter 5: Service Checks and How They Are Performed
Chapter 6: Plugins for Network Services
Chapter 7: Testing Local Resources
Chapter 8: Plugins for Special Tasks
Chapter 9: Executing Plugins via SSH
Chapter 10: The Nagios Remote Plugin Executor (NRPE)
Chapter 11: Collecting Information Relevant for Monitoring with SNMP
Chapter 12: The Nagios Notification System
Chapter 13: Passive Tests with the External Command File
Chapter 14: The Nagios Service Check Acceptor (NSCA)
Chapter 15: Distributed Monitoring

PART III: The Web Interface and Other Ways to Visualize Nagios Data
Chapter 16: The Classical Web Interface
Chapter 17: Flexible Web Interface with the NDOUtils
Chapter 18: NagVis
Chapter 19: Graphic Display of Performance Data

PART IV: Special Applications
Chapter 20: Monitoring Windows Servers
Chapter 21: Monitoring Room Temperature and Humidity
Chapter 22: Monitoring SAP Systems
Chapter 23: Processing Events with the EventDB

PART V: Development
Chapter 24: Writing Your Own Plugins
Chapter 25: Determining File and Directory Sizes
Chapter 26: Monitoring Oracle with the Instant Client

Rating: 5/5
Nagios: System and Network Monitoring

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