How to Install and Configure Nagios Core (Network Monitoring Tool) on RHEL/CentOS 6/7/8 and Fedora Systems

Nagios is the most popular open source system monitoring, network monitoring and IT infrastructure monitoring software, which prevents complex problems in the IT infrastructure and runs smoothly without any problems.

It monitors the entire IT infrastructure, such as servers, switches, applications, network and services, alerts when there is any malfunction, and sends recovery alerts when the issue is resolved.

Alternatively you can install other network monitoring tools such as Zabbix, Cacti, Monitorix, Munin and Icinga2.

Nagios Features

  • You can monitor the entire IT infrastructure
  • Alerts can be send via email and SMS
  • Event handlers can automatically restart failed applications if problems are detected.
  • Generate Availability reports and historical reports

1) Install Prerequisites for Nagios

The following prerequisite packages must be installed before proceeding with the Nagios Core installation.

For RHEL/CentOS 6/7 systems, use the yum command to install it.

# yum install -y gcc glibc glibc-common wget unzip httpd php gd gd-devel perl postfix

For RHEL/CentOS 8 and Fedora systems, use the dnf command to install it.

# dnf install -y gcc glibc glibc-common perl httpd php wget gd gd-devel

2) How to Install Nagios

Download, compile and install the latest version of Nagios using the wget command.

# wget
# tar xzf nagios-4.4.6.tar.gz
# cd nagios-4.4.6
# ./configure
# make all

3) Create User and Group for Nagios

The below script generates a new user account and a group for nagios as nagios. Also, add the Apache user to the Nagios group.

# make install-groups-users
# usermod -a -G nagios apache

4) Install the Required Nagios Binaries

Run the below command to install Nagios binaries files, CGIs, and HTML files.

# make install

This command installs the service/daemon for Nagios.

# make install-daemoninit

This command installs and configures the external command file.

# make install-commandmode

This command installs the sample Configuration Files

# make install-config

This command installs the Apache web server configuration files.

# make install-webconf

This command installs the classic theme for the Nagios web interface.

# make install-classicui

This command installs the Exfoliation theme for the Nagios web interface.

# make install-exfoliation

5) Configure Apache Authentication

The following command will create a new user account called “nagiosadmin” and will prompt you to provide the password for the account.

This login credential allows you to access the nagios web interface. You can easily reset nagiosadmin password if you forgot them.

# htpasswd -c /usr/local/nagios/etc/htpasswd.users nagiosadmin

6) Configure Firewall

Configure the firewall to allow tcp port 80 to access the Nagios Core web interface.

Configure iptables if you are using Red Hat 6 based systems.

# iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --destination-port 80 -j ACCEPT
# service iptables save

Configure firewalld if you are using Red Hat 7/8 based systems and Fedora.

# firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=80/tcp --permanent
# firewall-cmd --reload

7) Start the Necessary Services

Run the following commands to start and enable the Apache Web Server.

For RHEL/CentOS 6 systems.

# service httpd start
# chkconfig --level 2345 httpd on

For RHEL/CentOS 7/8 systems and Fedora.

# systemctl start httpd.service
# systemctl enable httpd.service

Check the status of the Nagios configuration file before starting Nagios. If you find any problem, fix them accordingly. If not, start the Nagios service.

# /usr/local/nagios/bin/nagios -v /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg

Start and Enable Nagios.

For RHEL/CentOS 6 based systems.

# service nagios start
# chkconfig --level 2345 nagios on

For RHEL/CentOS 7/8 based systems and Fedora.

# systemctl start nagios.service
# systemctl enable nagios.service

To receive the alert, please update your email ID in the below configuration file.

# vi /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects/contacts.cfg
email  [email protected]

8) Modify SELinux Settings

Instead of disabling SELinux, use the following command to run CGIs under SELinux enforcement mode.

# chcon -R -t httpd_sys_content_t /usr/local/nagios/sbin/
# chcon -R -t httpd_sys_content_t /usr/local/nagios/share/

9) Compile and Install Nagios Plugins

After the Nagios Core installation, you will need to install the latest Nagios plugins to run the Nagios Core properly.

The following steps install most of the plugins that come in the Nagios Plugins package.

You may need to run the EPEL repository for Enterprise Linux because some packages may not be available in the distribution official repository.

10) Install Prerequisites for Nagios plugin

For RHEL/CentOS 6/7 systems.

# yum install -y gcc glibc glibc-common make gettext automake autoconf wget openssl-devel net-snmp net-snmp-utils perl-Net-SNMP

For RHEL 8 based systems and Fedora.

# yum install -y gcc glibc glibc-common make gettext automake autoconf wget openssl-devel net-snmp net-snmp-utils
yum install -y perl-Net-SNMP

Download and install the nagios plugin.

# cd /tmp
# wget --no-check-certificate
# tar zxf nagios-plugins-2.3.3.tar.gz
# cd nagios-plugins-2.3.3/
# ./tools/setup
# ./configure --with-nagios-user=nagios --with-nagios-group=nagios
# make
# make install

11) Access Nagios Web Interface

Point your browser to the http://IP-Address/nagios or http://Domain-Name/nagios of your Nagios Core server and enter username “nagiosadmin” and password which you created to access it.

Nagios Home Page Screenshot:

Host list: By default Nagios monitors himself and you can add any number of hosts according to your needs.

Service Status Screeshot

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