Instant Munin Plugin Starter [Instant]

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Learn in an Instant - Short, Fast, Focused
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  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Write custom plugins to monitor servers, printers, routers, and other devices
  • Pinpoint server performance issues with ease
  • Improve server performance by finding the root of the problem


Book Details

Language : English
eBook : 62 pages
Release Date : February 2013
ISBN : 1849696748
ISBN 13 : 9781849696746
Author(s) : Bart ten Brinke
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Instant, Networking and Servers, Networking & Telephony, Open Source

Table of Contents

Instant Munin Plugin Starter
  • Instant Munin Plugin Starter
    • So, what is Munin?
    • Installation
      • Step 1 – What do I need?
      • Step 2 – Installing Munin
      • Step 3 – Plotting graphs
      • And that's it
    • Quick start – Setting up Munin
      • Munin master configuration
        • Example configuration file for Munin
      • Munin node configuration
        • Example configuration file for munin-node
      • Managing plugins
    • Top 6 features you need to know about
      • Monitoring additional servers
        • Step 1 – Installing munin-node
        • Step 2 – Testing your munin-node installation
        • Step 3 – Installing additional plugins
        • Step 4 – Adding the new node to the master
        • Troubleshooting
      • Monitoring additional devices
        • Step 1 – Enabling the SNMP interface plugin
        • Step 2 – Testing the SNMP interface plugin
        • Step 3 – Configuring the Munin master
      • Installing sensor plugins
        • Monitoring sensors through lm-sensors
        • Monitoring sensors through IPMI
      • Writing a simple plugin
        • Step 1 – Gathering the information we need
        • Step 2 – Designing the graph
        • Step 3 – Writing the plugin
        • Step 4 – Testing the plugin
        • Challenge yourself!
      • Writing a complex plugin
        • Step 1 – Rewriting our bash plugin to Perl
        • Step 2 – Documentation and markers
        • Step 3 – Supporting the autoconf argument
        • Step 4 – Adding support for the suggest argument
      • Advanced plugin options
        • dirtyconfig
        • Multigraph
        • Challenge yourself!
    • People and places you should get to know
      • Finding plugins
      • Windows support
      • Interesting websites

Bart ten Brinke

Bart ten Brinke is an experienced product developer; he has been building web applications for over six years, mainly focusing on Ruby on Rails. In 2012, he started his own company called Retrosync. Retrosync focuses on the three major pillars of web application development—security, scalability, and usability. Prior to Retrosync, Bart worked at Nedap Healthcare as a product developer and security officer. Here he developed a web-based planning solution that is now used by a majority of the Dutch home care sector. Bart holds a Masters title in Information Technology and a Minor in Biomedical Engineering, both from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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What you will learn from this book

  • Configure a Munin master
  • Set up a Munin node
  • Instal plugins
  • Monitoring hardware
  • Setting up the Munin master webserver
  • Writing a plugin in Bash and Perl
  • Finding plugins to monitor specifics in your network

In Detail

The real challenge of performance issues comes from trying to get to the root of the problem. Having a monitoring system set up makes your life, as a system administrator, a lot easier.

The Instant Munin Plugin Starter is a practical, hands-on guide that teaches you how to set up and monitor your network. Through a simple step-by-step process you will learn how to monitor other devices in your network and learn to write your own plugins. By the end of the book you will have the skills and the confidence to write plugins for any day-to-day task.

This book breaks down monitoring with Munin into small, easy-to-follow steps.

It starts by setting up a webserver to act as a Munin master and ends by teaching you how to write a custom plugin by yourself.

Learn how to configure Munin nodes to monitor servers and other devices in your network. This will make it easy to monitor switches, printers, or any other device attached to the network.

If you want to learn how monitoring gives you insight into your network, the Munin Plugin Starter is the book for you.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks.This hands-on Starter guide will get you up and running with Munin and Munin plugins, giving you the power to monitor, fix, and optimize your networks.

Who this book is for

This book is great for system administrators who want to improve the monitoring level of their systems. It’s assumed that you have some experience with Linux-based systems and know your way around them.

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