Category Archives: nagios

Monitor time drift with nagios and snmp

The other day I threw together a script that simply checks the remote’s time against the monitor host’s time. It’s fairly straight forward, and will alert you when host’s time drift too much, indicating that your ntpd configuration is bad. I had to do some custimizations to it, because not all hosts have the HOST-RESOURCES-MIB::hrSystemDate.0 option. For hosts that don’t it falls-back to the UCD-SNMP-MIB::versionCDate.0 option.

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An agent, auditor, and bodyguard walk into a bar…

This evening I wasted a bunch of time on what turned out to be a simple problem. I really hate it when that happens.

I fixed a bug in tpe-lkm where users weren’t seeing all of their processes, and updated my servers with the new module. Suddenly, my phone starts buzzing off the desk; nagios was complaining that some daemons were down. This data is retrieved via snmp, and upon further investigation, I noticed that the daemons were in-fact up.

So it was a snmp problem.

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A nagios snmp plugin that obeys snmp.conf

So there is a currently unresolved issue with the check_snmp nagios plugin where it doesn’t use the snmp.conf file. I use v3 of the protocol, and don’t want to have to put the big long string everywhere in the nagios configuration file:

define command{
  command_name check_snmp_cpu
  command_line $USER1$/check_snmp -H $HOSTADDRESS$ -w 2 -c 4 -u "cpu" -P 3 -L authPriv -a MD5 -U snmpmonitor -A "have a look at what I have to offer" -x des -X "have a look at what I have to offer" -o .

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