I usually stick with Fedora/RedHat and CentOS flavors of Linux. Recently though, I needed to monitor a new Ubuntu test server via Nagios NRPE. The sources I was using to build and install just did not play nice on first pass. So I figured for the one off, I would try the easy way.
If you are like me, you have to dig through some log files to research some errors. The ../var/nagios.log file has alot of data and unfortunately the times stamps are not exactly friendly to read.
 EXTERNAL COMMAND: PROCESS_SERVICE_CHECK_RESULT;hostname;servicename;0;Service running OK
Using Nagios with NSCA, you can configure some complex scripts / tasks to output status codes and messages to be sent to your Nagios server for collection / reporting. To start, you will need to install NSCA package on your Nagios server and configure the listening server as outlined in the documenation.
I recently was dragged into a corporate disaster situtation that was not my own. Lets just say it was as a favor to numerous parties. The whole exercise reminded me ...
One user was getting hundreds of messages an hour in her inbox. The messages all seemed to be BlackBerry system messages. Usually these are processed and never seen by the user. See the example message below...
Google created the GoogleAppsSync Connector for Outlook to create an Exchange like feel for users who still wanted to use Outlook instead of converting to the GoogleApps interfaces. The connector installation is fairly straight forward and creates a mail profile for your user. The last step offers you the option to import existing mail.
In this fast-paced world of technology, one technology that has not truly caught up is DNS. People often forget changing a DNS entry may take hours before the results are seen. Going live with a new website by changing the "www" DNS record could mean 24hrs of visitors split between both sites.
Recently we went through the migration from a Corporate Hosted Exchange environment to a GoogleApps environment. On the surface, GoogleApps looks very comparable but in actuality some key functionality and processes used in everyday life are missing and/or inadequate.
Want to send SMS messages from Nagios? SMS messages sometimes blocked when sending them via <phone#>@provider.com? Sending alot of SMS messages? Sounds like you need an SMS Gateway Provider.
I had an old Motorola KRZR that I wanted to purge all the data from prior to getting rid of it. Of course it was not as easy to figure out as I would have hoped. Eventually I found this solution.