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This SOP is to describe nagios configurations

Contact Information

Owner: Fedora Infrastructure Team

Contact: #fedora-admin, sysadmin-main & sysadmin-noc groups

Location: Anywhere

Servers: noc01, noc02, noc01.stg, puppet1

Purpose: This SOP is to describe nagios configurations

Initial Configuration

CGI Access

To view information in nagios (anything with cgi-bin in the path) you need to be able to grant yourself access. After checking out the Puppet CVS tree as described in the Puppet SOP you first need to edit configs/system/nagios/cgi.cfg and append your FAS username to 'authorized_for_system_commands'

Contact Information

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You must configure a contacts file to be able to acknowledge outages

Create a new file named 'fasname.cfg' in configs/system/nagios/contacts/ with the following details:

define contact{
contact_name            fasname
alias                   Real Name
service_notification_period   24x7
host_notification_period      24x7
service_notification_options  w,u,c,r
host_notification_options     d,u,r
service_notification_commands notify-by-email
host_notification_commands    host-notify-by-email
email                   Email address (any)
Using the 24x7 notification period may cause duplicate messages if you are a member of sysadmin-main, in which case you can specify 'never' instead

Next append your name to the 'members' section of configs/system/nagios/contactgroups/fedora-sysadmin-email.cfg


The same changes will need to be applied with the nagios-external configuration (configs/system/nogios-external)

Commit Changes

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Remember to "cvs add" the contacts/fasname.cfg files

Commit changes by running cvs commit -m "Adding fasname to Nagios" and then mark the changes for distribution by make install



Fedora Project runs two nagios instances, nagios (noc1) and nagios-external (noc2), you must be in the 'sysadmin' group to access them.

Staging Istances

Apart from the two production istances, we are currently running a staging istance for testing-purposes available through SSH at noc01.stg.

nagios (noc01)

The nagios configuration on noc01 should only monitor general host statistics - puppet status, uptime, apache status (up/down), SSH etc.

The configurations are found at configs/system/nagios/ in the puppet tree.

nagios-external (noc02)

The nagios configuration on noc02 is located outside of our main datacenter and should monitor our user websites/applications (, FAS, PackageDB, Bodhi/Updates).

The configurations are found at configs/system/nagios-external/ in the puppet tree.

Production and staging istances through SSH

Note: Please make sure you are into 'sysadmin' and 'sysadmin-test' FAS groups before trying to access these hosts.

  • SSH into bastion appending your FAS uid. (i.e ssh (Note: no password login is required, so if you get any password request at this point, you probably don't have access to this machine)
  • SSH again into the host you need to work on. (i.e ssh UID@noc01 for the production system or ssh UID@noc01.stg for the staging one) (Note: you will be prompted for a password, which is the one registered for your FAS account)
  • Finally do your checks! :)


    We are currently using NRPE to execute remote Nagios plugins on any host of our network.

    A great guide about it and its usage mixed up with some nice images about its structure can be found at this link

    Understanding the Messages


    Nagios notifications are generally easy to read, and follow this consistent format:

    ** HOST DOWN/UP alert - hostname **

    Reading the message will provide extra information on what is wrong.

    Disk Space Warning/Critical

    Disk space warnings normally include the following information:

    DISK WARNING/CRITICAL/OK - free space: mountpoint freespace(MB) (freespace(%) inode=freeinodes(%)):

    A message stating "(1% inode=99%)" means that the diskspace is critical not the inode usage and is a sign that more diskspace is required.

    Further Reading