Good Practices : How to develop monitoring plugin Nagios?

As you know, Centreon provides a number of plugins for certain pollers. But it is possible that you need to monitor specific equipment on your platform that Centreon team doesn’t know. By searching on the Internet, you will be able to find the right plugin, but sometimes it won’t meet all your needs. So you will have to develop your own plugin. No worries, you can do it easily, even if you are not a professional developer. The aim of this article is to give you the best practices to develop monitoring plugin.

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Good practices : Host group & service group, the good case-studies

At the beginning of this good practices series, we present a functionality about host groups but there are many functions for host groups and service groups. To manage these functions can help the user to optimize using them but using Centreon as well.. This article aims is to present different case-studies to get the best of your Centreon plateform.

A host group rationally contains several hosts and service group, several services. It means all elements in the group have the same noticeable characteristic. For example: the host group “WindowsServer” contains all Windows servers.

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Good Practices : Custom macros, the best way to get rid of $ARG…$-type arguments.

When you need to write or modify a command in Centreon, you sometimes come across unclear arguments such as $ARG1$ , $ARG2$… No need to say that we all hate them since there is no way we can remember them clearly.
We’d like to share with you a pretty simple method to help you write commands and remember/understand the arguments by using custom macros.

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Good Practices: Host templates and service templates, how they work together

We already introduce you to service templates and how you should use them. Host templates exist as well and have roughly the same features than service templates. But it’s important to know how to use all features to industrialize your configuration. So, you will find in this article all features you have to manage to optimize your Centreon platform.

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Good Practices : Service templates, why you should be using it!

In the previous article, we explained you why we thought that to attach a service to an host group wasn’t such a good idea. At the end, we suggested that you prefer service template for the configuration of your monitoring platform.
So, you will find in this article all good reasons to use service templates (ease, flexibility…) and a detailled example on how to use them efficiently.

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