Monitoring with Opsview

Monitoring with Opsview
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  • Add plugins to Windows and Linux agents
  • Set up vSphere monitoring successfully
  • Easy to follow, step-by-step guide on how to get your Opsview system up and running

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 158 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2013
ISBN : 1783284730
ISBN 13 : 9781783284733
Author(s) : Alan Wijntje
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Virtualization and Cloud, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Opsview Core Basics
Chapter 2: Basic Configuration
Chapter 3: Advanced Configuration
Chapter 4: Agents, Clouds, and Modules
Chapter 5: Opsview Mobile
Chapter 6: The Three Ts
Chapter 7: Designing a Monitoring Environment
Chapter 8: Upgrading to Opsview Pro or Opsview Enterprise
Chapter 9: Opsview Pro Features
Chapter 10: Opsview Enterprise Features
Chapter 11: Additional Modules
Chapter 12: Opsview Dashboards
  • Chapter 1: Opsview Core Basics
    • Important concepts
    • Installing and configuring Opsview Core
      • Package-based installations
        • Prerequisites
        • Installing Opsview
        • Virtual appliance
        • On demand
    • Using the Opsview help system and contextual menus
      • Contextual menu
      • Opsview help system
    • Creating user accounts
      • Adding and assigning roles
      • Adding contacts
      • LDAP and Active Directory integration
      • Reloading
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Basic Configuration
    • Configuring hosts, host groups, and host group hierarchy
      • Host groups
      • Host group hierarchy
      • Hosts
      • Host templates
    • Configuring service checks and service groups
      • Creating service checks
        • Active Plugin
        • SNMP polling
        • Passive
        • Using dependencies
      • Adding plugins to the system
      • Handling performance data
    • Creating and installing Opspacks
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Advanced Configuration
    • Using exceptions
    • Creating and using keywords
      • Using keyword views
    • Creating and using host attributes
      • Using attributes to multiply service checks
    • Configuring notifications
      • Using shared notification profiles
    • Testing from the WebUI
    • Using the advanced host configuration
      • Monitoring multi-homed hosts
      • Using parenting for network outage detection
    • Automation with the REST API
      • Configuration
      • Informational objects
      • Wrapping up the REST API
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Agents, Clouds, and Modules
    • Using agents
      • Adding plugins to the Linux agent
      • Adding plugins to the Windows agent
    • Agentless monitoring
      • SSH
      • SNMP and host interfaces
      • WMI
    • Virtualization and Cloud monitoring
      • Virtualization
        • Setting up vSphere monitoring
      • Cloud monitoring
        • Amazon AWS
        • Slicehost
        • Clouds on the horizon
    • Using core modules
      • NagVis
      • MRTG
      • NMIS
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Opsview Mobile
    • Configuring Opsview for Opsview Mobile
      • Opsview Mobile on Android
      • Opsview Mobile on iOS
      • Using push notifications
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: The Three Ts
    • Using the tools from the utils directory
      • clone_host
      • copy_host_attributes
      • export_full_config
      • export_host_template
      • get_actual_command
      • list_unknown_devices
      • rename_host
      • test_notifications
      • nlcat
    • Testing plugins from the command line
    • Checking the various log files and debugging
      • Opsview log files
        • Opsviewd.log
        • Opsview-web.log
      • Debugging
    • Common agent issues
      • CHECK_NRPE: Error – Could not complete SSL handshake
      • NRPE: Command '<my command>' not defined
      • NRPE: Return code of 127 is out of bounds – plugin may be missing
      • NRPE: Return code of 255 is out of bounds
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Designing a Monitoring Environment
    • Scaling
    • Deployments
    • Monitoring concepts
      • How to measure availability and performance
        • Dependencies
        • Thresholds
        • Keywords
    • Using notifications
    • Multi-homed environments
    • Network outages
    • Real path monitoring
    • Running your environment
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Opsview Pro Features
    • Autodiscovery
      • Firewalls
      • Network scan
      • VMware scan
    • SNMP traps
      • Configuration
      • SNMP trap service check
      • Exceptions
      • Rules
      • Matching
    • Multitenancy
      • Creating tenancies
    • Summary
  • Chapter 10: Opsview Enterprise Features
    • Scalability
      • Opsview databases
      • Using remote databases
      • Distributed monitoring
    • Slaves
      • Creating a slave
      • Slave clusters
    • Service desk connectors
      • Installing the service desk connector
      • Connecting your Service Desk System
    • Reporting
      • Configuring reporting
      • Running reports
      • Types of reports
        • Availability
        • Events
        • Combined
    • Summary
  • Chapter 11: Additional Modules
    • The multi-master module
    • The Network Analyzer module
      • The NetAudit module
      • The NetFlow module
        • Configuring NetFlow
        • Viewing NetFlow information
        • NetFlow and tenancy
    • Opsview Pro versus Opsview Enterprise
      • The Opsview Pro edition
      • The Opsview Enterprise edition
      • The Opsview MSP edition
    • Summary
  • Chapter 12: Opsview Dashboards
    • Getting started with dashboards
    • Business dashboards
      • The Process Map dashlet
      • The keyword dashlets
      • The performance dashlets
    • Technical dashboards
      • The Network Map dashlet
      • The Metric Pie Chart dashlet
      • The host group dashlets
      • The event dashlets
      • The top services dashlets
      • The Note Pad and System Status dashlets
    • The NetFlow dashboard
    • Dashboard options
      • The automatically cycle option
      • The sharing option
    • Users and dashboards
      • Requirements
      • Technical dashboards
      • Business dashboards
      • The Process Map dashlet
    • Summary

Alan Wijntje

Alan Wijntje has been working in IT since 2000 when he started out as a simple technician doing local IT support for various companies. Figuring out why something broke (and then fixing it) soon became his specialty and he out grew this job within a couple of years, his employer was quick to recognize this and within days a new assignment was found working on the NOC for a major Dutch ISP. After settling in Alan quickly started to get to grips with the various monitoring systems and was soon making various improvements. His love for Linux was a great asset when he was granted more and more freedom to tinker with the various systems including Netcool OMNIbus and Nagios. After three years (and a company merger) Alan moved to another department that was solely responsible for all monitoring systems and he was put in charge of all Nagios based systems. Running a lot of separate Nagios systems was however a lot of work and soon plans where made to move to a more user friendly, flexible and scalable solution.

Opsview was introduced as the replacement and the system was built in record time after which Alan spend most of his time writing new plugins, fixing plugins, thinking up new ways of tackling various monitoring requirements (like using Selenium for web based tests) and so on. After about three years being the Opsview administrator Alan again moved department to join one of the networking teams (his other passion) where he gets to play around with data center switches, virtual switches and firewalls. Although he technically no longer is an Opsview administrator he still loves to help out (sometimes a bit to much some would say), write plugins and even spends lots of time on the Opsview forum and the #opsview IRC channel helping others out.

Alan has worked for the Dutch company QNH since he started in IT and over the years they have always been quick to recognize his interests and talents and have helped him develop these skills (even some he never knew he had!?).

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What you will learn from this book

  • Configure contacts and roles for access
  • Create and using host templates and host attributes
  • Use advanced features like keywords and keyword views
  • View and interact with Opsview using mobile devices
  • Use Autodiscovery to scan for new hosts (including VM's).
  • Perform network analyses with NetFlow
  • Scale your system with slaves
  • Develop and deploy dashboards for powerful visualization.

In Detail

Monitoring increasingly complex IT environments can pose quite a challenge. Virtualization and cloud-based applications are finding their way into many IT estates over the world. Keeping a watchful eye out for your infrastructure is now more important than ever, and Opsview allows you to do just that.

Monitoring with Opsview is a practical guide to the entire Opsview product range, consisting of various examples and screenshots to help you get up and running with Opsview. This book will show you the powerful features and modules available in Opsview, and will help you create an Opsview-based monitoring system suited for your needs.

Starting with the installation of your own Opsview Core system, we will then go through the basic configuration followed by the various special features of the system, using practical examples to show how we can make use of these features. After covering the Core system, we will later look at the Pro and Enterprise offerings and how their additional features can benefit you.

You will learn about the unique features of Opsview like viewing (and interacting with) your IT estate from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, creating special views with keywords, and using templates for fast configurations. From there, we will move on to the Pro and Enterprise systems, looking at the powerful modules available like distributed monitoring and reporting, and finishing it all off with a discussion of the eye-catching dashboards.

Monitoring with Opsview will show you the power of the Opsview system, keywords, attributes, dashboards, and all the tools you need to get that single view into your entire IT estate.


A practical and fast-paced guide that gives you all the information you need to get up and running with Opsview.

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone interested in using Opsview as a potential monitoring solution or for those who are already running Opsview Core and who would like to improve on their setup by exploring the features of Pro and Enterprise.

Some working knowledge of monitoring and Linux is assumed, and it is recommended to have an Opsview system at hand while reading, allowing you to immediately try out the features discussed.

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