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We've moved many of our servers to a VMWare ESX server. In the process, we de-commisioned our Redhat 9 Server which was running Nagios and MRTG for host and bandwith monitoring.
All the current VMs are Windows now, and we stuck on some cheap host monitor software called Overseer, on one of the Windows-based VMs.
The Overseer dosnt have the full features that nagios did, so I've been asked to setup a new VM to get nagios going again.
Any suggestions or experiences on the best and fastest way to get this going? I've dabbled a little bit trying to get Suse 9.3 going on the ESX server and it didnt co-operate. Guess, I could try 10.0 or 10.0. I also tried NST Linux which has a pre-built VM disk, but it didnt work either.
What'd I'd really like to do is get a distro installed with the bare minumum with nagios and mrtg ready to go and know it works on our ESX server with a lot of trial and error.
check out this link to Nagio's documentation. I have run though this guide on several different versions of Linux including Redhat, Debian and Ubuntu.
Although I personally love VMware Virtual Appliance Market place, I end up deploying something that I dont understand fully how to configure or diagnose it. If you run through the installation of nagios you will be able to get a deeper understanding of how to set it up, configure and even diagnose a problem should something come up.