How to check your Centreon BI platform?

With the release of BI version 2.2 recently, we presented new report templates, notably on IT energy consumption, Virtualization and Availability of IT service activity.

Administrators and users of version 2.2 also had a serie of tutorials on the documentation, the goal of one of them was to check that your Centreon MBI plateform.

So how to check if your reporting plateform is operational and correctly configured so your first reports can be generated ?

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Bests Practices: How to use categories of objects in Centreon

You know how groups works in Centreon user interface and you want to optimize your configuration and/or exploit as well as possible the Centreon BI and Centreon Map modules, you should read this article!

The concepts of groups (hostgroups, servicegroups, contactgroups) was previously defined in the “Bests Practices: How to use groups of objects in Centreon” article. We will not get back on these concepts.

A category is look like a group of objects but having the distinction of being used to filter a subset of elements and not to select objects. There are two types of categories: for the hosts and for the services.

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Bests Practices: How to use groups of objects in Centreon

If you don’t know this type of object in the configuration of Centreon, if you want to upgrade your knowledge or if you want to get the best benefit of collected data of your monitoring platform, this article is for you!

This article uses basic definitions from previous one about use cases of hosts and services groups and tries to complete definitions.

A group of objects is a logical container to group objects of monitoring configuration in Centreon UI. Groups can be used with:

  • Hosts ;
  • Services ;
  • Contacts used for notification ;
  • Centreon web access users.

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Best practices: “How to develop or extend the Centreon Plugins”

In 2012, we presented the best practices for developing a monitoring plugin for your Centreon platform. Meanwhile, our team has developed a new ecosystem calledCentreon Plugins” to management monitoring plugins.

Although the previous article is no longer relevant, the basic concepts of development are still those in force:

  • return code of host’s plugin (UP, DOWN, UNREACHABLE, UNKNOWN) ;
  • return code of service’s plugin (OK, WARNING, CRITICAL, UNKNOWN) ;
  • output’s management (output également appelé short output, et long output) ;
  • perfdata’s management ;
 Today, we created an ecosystem based on:
  • main script (« centreon_plugin.pl ») ;
  • libraries for hardware, os, network equipment, storage, databases or applications ;
  • each libraries has a list of indicators to monitor.

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