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Nagios, 2nd Edition

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  1. Nagios: System and Network Monitoring, 2nd Edition
    1. Foreword to the second edition
      1. What's New in the Second Edition?
      2. Information Sources on the Internet
    2. Introduction
      1. The tests
      2. The suppliers of information
      3. Keeping admins up-to-date
      4. Taking in information from outside
      5. Other tools for network monitoring
      6. About This Book
      7. Further notes on the book
      8. Note of Thanks
    3. I. From Source Code to a Running Installation
      1. 1. Installation
      2. 2. Nagios Configuration
      3. 3. Startup
    4. II. In More Detail...
      1. 4. Nagios Basics
      2. 5. Service Checks and How They Are Performed
      3. 6. Plugins for Network Services
      4. 7. Testing Local Resources
      5. 8. Plugins for Special Tasks
      6. 9. Executing Plugins via SSH
      7. 10. The Nagios Remote Plugin Executor (NRPE)
      8. 11. Collecting Information Relevant for Monitoring with SNMP
      9. 12. The Nagios Notification System
      10. 13. Passive Tests with the External Command File
      11. 14. The Nagios Service Check Acceptor (NSCA)
      12. 15. Distributed Monitoring
    5. III. The Web Interface and Other Ways to Visualize Nagios Data
      1. 16. The Classical Web Interface
      2. 17. Flexible Web Interface with the NDOUtils
      3. 18. NagVis
      4. 19. Graphic Display of Performance Data
    6. IV. Part IV Special Applications
      1. 20. Monitoring Windows Servers
      2. 21. Monitoring Room Temperature and Humidity
      3. 22. Monitoring SAP Systems
      4. 23. Processing Events with the EventDB
    7. V. Part V Development
      1. 24. Writing Your Own Plugins
      2. 25. Determining File and Directory Sizes
      3. 26. Monitoring Oracle with the Instant Client
    8. VI. Part VI Appendixes
      1. A. An Overview of the Nagios Configuration Parameters
      2. B. Rapidly Alternating States: Flapping
      3. C. Event Handlers
      4. D. Macros
      5. E. Single Sign-On for the Nagios Web Interface
      6. F. Tips on Optimizing Performance
      7. G. The Embedded Perl Interpreter
      8. H. What's New in Nagios 3.0?

Chapter 10. The Nagios Remote Plugin Executor (NRPE)

The Nagios Remote Plugin Executor (or in short, NRPE) as the name suggests, executes programs on a remote host. These are usually plugins that test the corresponding computer locally and therefore must be installed on it. The use of NRPE is not restricted to local plugins; any plugins at all can be executed, including those intended to test network services—for example, to indirectly test computers that are not reachable from the Nagios server (as shown in 10.6 Indirect Checks from page 224).

While a genuine user account must be available on the remote computer when the secure shell is used (see Chapter 9), which can also be used to do other things than just start plugins, NRPE is restricted ...

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