Monthly Archives: January 2010

code misc sysadmin a nagios/nsclient++ cfg maker

Dear all,

We are in the process of changing the monitoring system on part of our network from Zenoss to Nagios. This is not a Zenoss vs. Nagios debate, as both products are awesome and do the things they are designed for very well. We (Christian and myself) use a combination of Cacti for bandwith monitoring and Zenoss for server and device monitoring. Now, recently we decided to change the latter to Nagios. It is know for its “great deal of flexibility when integrating Nagios into their environment” (Galstad, 2005)

As Zenoss was configured using SNMP Informant to grab information about the MS Windows servers (available disk space, CPU load, etc) and Nagios uses NSClient++; one of the time consuming tasks was getting the client on the server (thank you domain 🙂 ) and configuring each and every server on the Nagios server. I guess there should be some sort of discovery tool for Nagios, but I couldn’t directly find one.

In order to tackle the copy-pasting for a few dozen config files, and to brush up my bash scripting again, I wrote the Nagios Nsclient++ cfg maker read more »


Dot the I, why QA is important with license agreements

Granted, as many others, I don’t read each and every license user agreement when installing software, but the following tops it all. Having an extra pair of eyes doesn’t hurt before you put your creation to market:

Yes, this is a real screenshot.


Team collaboration, or competing?

When reading about social media strategies today, I stumbled across follow excerpt:

In most big companies, IT, digital, marketing and sales not only don’t work together, they compete with each other. Until they start collaborating as a team, you will not succeed in social media.

If you’d change the last two words from “social media” to “business”, the statement, sadly, remains the same.

My home country’s Coat of Arms states “Eendracht maakt macht” (roughly translates to Unity makes strength). Aside from also being Brooklyn’s motto, it should be on several company’s mindsets.