Well since the post I made about Alternative Nagios software generated a bit of interest (well, one comment is a bit for this blog :)), it made me want to try out the software mentioned again to see how it fairs against Nagios which has been my monitoring software of choice for a considerable amount of time. I also thought, why not provide the software I install and test to anyone who might be interested in trying out some of the NMS systems out there.
So without further ado, below you will find the monitoring software I have installed and tested. These are fully functional in all aspects, the only thing limited is the ability to change passwords so that people can’t lock one another out and also, smtp is blocked on this server meaning that any alerts generated won’t get sent out.
Notes: You cannot add / edit / remove devices from this demo as Nagios relies on editing of configuration files directly which isn’t supported natively.
I’ve got to say, after going through and testing all of these, at the basic level of just adding a device to be monitored for things such as http, it’s an extremely difficult process on all of them (Nagios was the easiest but again, this is probably due to my time served with this software). From the perspective of simplicity, I can’t understand how such a task of adding a device whether by hostname or IP can be such a complicated task.
Anyway, feel free to make use of the online demo’s and if you would like me to add anymore NMS systems to this list then please feel free to get in touch and I will see what I can do.
Jane has kindly pointed out the login for Zabbix didn’t work – changed it to the actual correct details so now it should.