[olug] Nagios or ?

T. J. Brumfield enderandrew at gmail.com
Wed Aug 17 14:42:50 UTC 2011

There are a lot of factors in deciding on a monitoring solution.

Are a Linux or Microsoft shop only? Are you multi-platform?

Do you want quick and dirty auto-detection? Do you need the ability to write
custom scripts? Do you want alerts to spam you until they're resolved, or do
you want a single notification? Do you need network monitoring as well as
server monitoring?

On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 9:37 AM, Adam Haeder <adam at adamhaeder.com> wrote:

> I know it's old, but we've used Big Brother for the last 10 years and
> have been happy with it (bb4.org). We're a non-profit, so their
> licensing means we can use the free version (they call it BTF or
> Better Than Free - http://bb4.org/download.html). It's mostly written
> in perl and has a nice web based dashboard interface. It does all the
> things you mentioned you need except disabling services from the
> dashboard. The server does polling and there are client programs you
> install to monitor different client OSes (we use the Linux and Windows
> ones). I'm sure their commercial version has a lot more features than
> the free version, but I've never used it so I can't speak to it.
> Contact me off list if you want a demo of it, I can show you how we've
> customized it and what issues we've run into with it.
> --
> Adam Haeder
> adam at adamhaeder.com
> Check out my latest book: LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell from
> O'Reilly: http://bit.ly/bvQQ0I
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