How to Install Nagios Core on CentOS 7

How to Install Nagios Core on CentOS 7

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Nagios (also known as Nagios Core) is a free and open source application which can be used for monitoring Linux or Windows servers, network infrastructures and applications. When properly configured it will alert you when something on your server goes wrong and then notify you again once the problem has been resolved. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure the latest Nagios Core version on a CentOS 7 VPS.

Step 1: Connect to your server

Connect to your server via SSH as user root, use the following command:

ssh root@IP_ADDRESS -p PORT_NUMBER

and replace IP_ADDRESS and PORT_NUMBER with your actual server IP address and SSH port number.

Once logged in, make sure that your server is up-to-date by running the following command:

yum update

Step 2: Install LAMP

For Nagios Core to work on your server you will also need to set up a LAMP or any other web hosting stack. If you already have working web hosting stack installed on your server you can skip this and go to the next step of this tutorial.

To install a LAMP stack with Apache, MariaDB and PHP 7 on your CentOS server, run the following command:

yum install httpd mariadb-server php php-mysql

When the MariaDB installation is complete, you can also run the following command to secure your MariaDB installation:

mysql_secure_installation

You will also need to enable MariaDB and Apache to start on boot with:

systemctl enable httpd.service
systemctl enable mariadb.service

Step 3: Install the required packages

The following packages are also be required by the Nagios Core software. You can install them with the following command:

yum install gcc glibc glibc-common wget gd gd-devel perl postfix

Step 4: Download and Install Nagios Core

Let’s download the latest stable version of the Nagios Core.

First, navigate to the tmp directory on your server with:

cd /tmp

and run the following command to download the tar archive file:

wget -O nagioscore.tar.gz https://github.com/NagiosEnterprises/nagioscore/archive/nagios-4.4.2.tar.gz

Once the download is complete, execute the following command to extract the archive file:

tar xzf nagioscore.tar.gz

Once the archive is extracted, move to the nagioscore-nagios-4.4.2 directory:

cd /tmp/nagioscore-nagios-4.4.2

and run the following command in order to configure the installer and prepare the Nagios Core source code for the compilation process:

./configure

After the configuration is completed, you can now compile Nagios Core by execution the following command:

make all

You also need to run the following commands to create the nagios user and group and add apache to the nagios group:

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

Now, you can finally run the following command in order to install Nagios Core:

make install

To, install the initialization script which can be used to manage your Nagios service, run the following command:

make install-daemoninit

Next, run the following command to install the Nagios sample configuration files:

make install-config

Run the following command to install and configure the external command file to make Nagios Core to work from the command line:

make install-commandmode

The following command will install the Apache web server configuration files:

make install-webconf

After all the installations are complete, restart your apache service with:

systemctl restart httpd

Step 5: Create nagiosadmin User Account

To be able to log into Nagios, you will need to create an Apache user account.

You need to run the following command to create a new user account called nagiosadmin and assign a password to it:

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

With this step, the main Nagios Core installation is now complete. However, for Nagios Core to operate properly you will also need to install the Nagios Plugins as explained in the next step.

Step 6: Install Nagios Plugins

Before you download and install the Nagios plugins, you need to make sure that the following packages are installed on your CentOS 7 server:

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

To download and extract the latest version of the Nagios Plugins to the tmp directory on your server, run the following commands:

cd /tmp
wget --no-check-certificate -O nagios-plugins.tar.gz https://github.com/nagios-plugins/nagios-plugins/archive/release-2.2.1.tar.gz
tar zxf nagios-plugins.tar.gz

Once the Nagios Plugins archive is extracted, run the following commands to compile and install the Nagios Plugins on your server:

cd /tmp/nagios-plugins-release-2.2.1/
./tools/setup
./configure
make
make install

Step 7: Accessing Nagios Core

After you have successfully installed Nagios Core and the Nagios Plugins your CentOS 7 system, you can use the following command to start the Nagios service:

systemctl start nagios

To access Nagios Core, open your browser and navigate to http://YOUR-IP-ADDRESS/nagios and log in using the nagiosadmin user account which you have created in one of the previous steps in this tutorial.

After you have successfully logged in, you will be presented with the Nagios Core home screen as shown in the image below:

install nagios on centos 7

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Nagios Core on CentOS 7. For more information about how to manage your Nagios Core software, please refer to the official Nagios documentation.


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