Chapter 4. Configuring the remote node on the Nagios Core server

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Configure the Nagios Core server to be aware of the remote nodes.


  • User-level access to the remote node on the Nagios Core server.
  • Internet access.


  1. Install the check_nrpe plug-in:

    [user@nagios]# cd ~
    [user@nagios]# wget
    [user@nagios]# tar xvfz nrpe-3.1.0.tar.gz
    [user@nagios]# cd nrpe-3.1.0
    [user@nagios]# ./configure
    [user@nagios]# make check_nrpe
    [user@nagios]# make install-plugin
  2. Create a configuration for the remote host:

    [user@nagios]# cd /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects
    [user@nagios]# cp localhost.cfg mon.cfg

    Replace localhost with the hostname of the remote host, and the loopback IP address with the IP address of the remote host. Finally, delete or comment out the Host Group definition.

  3. Change the file ownership to Nagios:

    [user@nagios]# chown nagios:nagios mon.cfg
  4. Add a cfg_file= reference to the mon.cfg file in /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg:

    [user@nagios]# vi /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg



  5. Restart the Nagios server:

    [user@nagios]# systemctl restart nagios
  6. Ensure that the make and install procedures worked and that there is connectivity between the Nagios Core server and the remote host containing NRPE:

    [user@nagios]# /usr/local/nagios/libexec/check_nrpe -H IP_ADDRESS_OF_REMOTE_HOST

    It should echo NRPE v3.1.0-rc1 if it is working correctly.

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