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Custom Nagios plugins

Custom Nagios plugins Nagios is a well-known monitoring framework; it’s also known for its plugins, the software components that are actually providing monitoring capabilities. IPHost allows using...
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Use SNMP to monitor whatever you need

Receive monitoring data via SNMP SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is a popular protocol family, supported by majority of network devices, as well as available for every more or less popular operating...
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Make your monitors nearly real-time

Send events instead of polling for them Most of existing IPHost monitor types are passive, meaning they are being polled by IPHost – directly, or via remote network agent. There are two “active”...
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Beyond the standard monitoring

Non-standard monitoring use cases In most cases, monitoring is often viewed as pretty dumb alarm system – built to notify if something goes wrong. However, there could be cases when monitoring software...
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Web site monitoring: quick checks

Is Web site alive? Web site monitoring looks simple and straightforward. However, there still are pitfalls, not so obvious to many webmasters. How would you check that a site is alive and contains expected...
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Providing backup systems

Single points of failure Monitoring, apart from backing up and staying updated is one of fundamental principles of information security. However, every one of those principles is in fact intertwined with...
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Real-time monitoring

Monitoring events in real time Monitoring can be divided into two basic types: real-time and scheduled. In the first case, piece of monitoring software receives monitoring data and acts appropriately....
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Template it

Reuse and inherit if you happen to monitor a small network, your task may be rather simple. A few monitors can be either generated via network discovery, or added manually. Same is true about setting up...
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Sending alerts to external services

Using external services to distribute alerts Email remains the primary notification media (with SMS and push notifications coming next). However, email may be not the most convenient means to get notified...
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Preventing security issues

Monitoring security issues: quick start Security incidents plague the majority of Internet resources. It is still possible to notice most security issues, both actual and possible, before any damage is...
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“Monitor everything” approach: did you miss anything?

Common pitfalls in setting up network monitoring In most cases, when a significant new service (device, application) is brought online, it is not put to monitoring immediately. This is a matter of common...
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Make your Web interface secure

IPHost Web interface is by default open to everyone; set it up securely.
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Your first monitoring configuration

If you have never set up monitoring, you can easily be at a loss. Here we explain how to begin monitoring your network assets as fast as possible.
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