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Month: March 2012

Fixing Nagios on Ubuntu

Installing the Nagios package on Ubuntu causes some problems when working with the documentation. However, there some simple fixes to get things working.

First, know that all of the config files are located in /etc/nagios3/. This differs greatly from the standard location of /usr/local/nagios/etc/. You’ll also have to create the objects/ directory in there.

Second, the default templates are missing, but you can copy them from the Core package found here. Grab the definitions files from sample-config/template-objects/, remove the .in extension, and place them in /etc/nagios3/objects.

Third, you’ll need to comment out the duplicate definitions, such as generic-host and generic-service.

After all this, you should be able to get things working with the documentation.

Testing out Nagios

So, I’m starting to test out Nagios now that I’ve got enough things to monitor. I’m setting it up on an Ubuntu Server VM (running on my ESXi server). I’ll let you know how it goes.

Installing Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) on a Dell PowerEdge 2650

I spent most of this afternoon and evening trying to get Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) installed on an old Dell PowerEdge 2650. Even though I have a DVD drive for it, it refused to install from the bootable DVD. For some reason it kept asking for DVD-ROM drivers. Which is strange, considering it loaded the installer just fine without them.

What I ended up doing, was installing Windows Server 2003, then running the Windows Server 2008 installer from within Server 2003. The installer got along just fine, but asked me for the drivers for the Dell PERC 3/Di, which is the embedded SCSI RAID controller in the PowerEdge 2650. Should be too easy, right? Wrong. It looks like the Dell website is up and down like yo-yo today (DNS issues). I found the IP for their FTP server and was able to grab the files I needed. You can get the installer here.

Run the installer on your server, which will place the drivers in C:\dell\drivers\something-or-other. Point the Windows 2008 installer at this location and install the driver for the Perc 3/Di RAID Controller. Not the SCSI chip or Management. After that, everything should install as normal.