Monitoring ZEVENET with Icinga or Nagios

POSTED BY Zevenet | 6 June, 2017

Overview

The goal of this article is to explain how to monitor ZEVENET system health and performance with Icinga monitoring system. Icinga is an open-source computer system and network monitoring application. It was originally created as a fork of the Nagios system monitoring application in 2009.

In this document we’ll use Icinga to monitor system health and performance of a ZEVENET ADC Load Balancer appliance.

Explaining Icinga Server installation & setup is out of the scope of this document. You can refer to Icinga official documentation https://icinga.com/docs/.

 

Conventions

We’ll use the following conventions in this document:

NameValue
Icinga Server IP addressmonitor.icinga.com
Icinga Server Web Interface URLhttp://monitor.icinga.com
ZEVENET ADC Load Balancer appliance IP addressZLB-IP

 

ZEVENET Monitoring Plugins

Icinga services

ZEVENET Monitoring Plugins is a collection of Nagios plugins written in Perl to monitor ZEVENET ADC Load Balancer Enterprise Edition system health and performance metrics.

PluginCheckProvided performance data
check_zevenet_farm.plFarm statusEstablished and pending connections to the farm
check_zevenet_farm_backend.plBackend statusEstablished and pending connections to the backends

 

ZEVENET Monitoring Plugins are developed to be installed in your Icinga (Or Icinga plugin’s compatible like Nagios, Naemon, Shinken, Sensu, and other monitoring applications.) monitoring server. So please access via SSH to
your monitoring host as root to install the required software.

Install dependencies

Install required perl modules:

Debian Buster:

apt update && apt install libwww-perl libjson-perl libmonitoring-plugin-perl libswitch-perl

If Perl modules don’t exist in your distribution package manager, then you can install manually:

Other distributions:

cpan install LWP::UserAgent'
cpan install Monitoring::Plugin'
cpan install JSON'
cpan install Switch'

 

Grab latest version

Download from here.

wget https://github.com/zevenet/zevenet-monitoring-plugins/archive/master.zip 
unzip zevenet-monitoring-plugins-master.zip

 

Copy check scripts

cd zevenet-monitoring-plugins-master
cp -r libexec/* /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/

 

Create a ZEVENET API v4 key

Login into ZEVENET web interface and go to System > Users > Edit zapi user > Generate random key, we’ll use this key as an authentication method to retrieve the metrics from ZEVENET ADC Load Balancer appliance. Finally make sure the zapi user is active.

 

Test plugin manually

cd /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/
./check_zevenet_farm.pl -H ZLB-IP -z monitorkey -f ReverseProxy -w 20,20 -c 25,25

Example output:

ZEVENET OK - profile='https' farm='ReverseProxy' listen='ZLB-IP:ZLB-Port' status='up' (established_connections='10') (pending_connections='0') | established_connections=10;20;25 pending_connections=0;20;25

 

Add command definitions to Icinga

See Icinga command definitions example file in “icinga/icinga_commands.cfg” .

You can add the command definitions to your Icinga configuration:

cd zevenet-monitoring-plugins/icinga/
cat icinga_commands.cfg >> /usr/share/icinga2/include/command-plugins.conf

 

Add service definitions to Icinga

See Icinga service definitions example file in “icinga/icinga_services.cfg” .

You can add the service definitions to your Icinga configuration:

cd zevenet-monitoring-plugins/icinga/
cat icinga_services.cfg >> /etc/icinga2/conf.d/services.conf

 

Restart Icinga and have fun!

Restart Icinga process and access Icinga web interface to see the services you have just created.

/etc/init.d/icinga2 restart

 

NRPE

You can use the check_nrpe plugin from the NRPE project to query the NRPE daemon. Icinga 2 provides the nrpe check command for this:

Add command definitions to Icinga

See Icinga service definitions example file in “nrpe/nrpe_services.cfg” .

You can add the service definitions to your Icinga configuration:

cd zevenet-monitoring-plugins/nrpe/
cat nrpe_services.cfg >> /etc/icinga2/conf.d/services.conf

 

Add command definitions to ZLB

See NRPE command definitions example file in “nrpe/nrpe_commands.cfg” .

You can add the command definitions to your NRPE configuration:

cd zevenet-monitoring-plugins/nrpe/
cat nrpe_commands.cfg >> /etc/nagios/nrpe.cfg

 

Restart NRPE and Icinga and have fun!

Restart NRPE process and Icinga process and access Icinga web interface to see the services you have just created.

Execute command in ZLB:

/etc/init.d/nagios-nrpe-server restart

Execute command in Icinga:

/etc/init.d/icinga2 restart

 

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