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Nagios – Monitoring NTP

By October 22, 2013October 25th, 2016No Comments

monitoring NTP

Accurate time is always in need on your network so a good place to start monitoring is to start monitoring NTP with nagios. So far I have already defined an additional host but I have not defined services for that host within Nagios. The server is my time server so monitoring NTP will be a great starting point. We will start the journey looking at Nagios Plugins. The workers for Nagios are the plugins and many are provided with the out-of-the-box configuration. We can download others our create are own. To look at what we have lets change into the directory

cd /usr/lib/nagios/plugins

From here we can view the plugins but we can also run them manually

sudo /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_ntp_peer -H 192.168.0.8

Running the above command  checks the NTP Service is running on the specified host. Automating this check means that we need  to run this command through the configuration. Ubuntu already Has this file that will run several NTP plugins. The file is located at:

/etc/nagios-plugin/config/ntp.cfg

This directory is included in the main nagios.cfg so all files in the directory are also included as part of the nagios configuration. The ntp.cfg file defines the following commands

  • check_ntp
  • check_ntp_peer
  • check_time



For our service definitions, what we want to monitor we can only reference commands and not the plugins directly. The commands defines what plugins will be run and with which parameters.

Define Service

Now we can define the service and I will do this is the host configuration I created in the previous exercise:

/etc/nagios3/conf.d/store.cfg
define host {
  host_name store.tup.local
  alias store
  address 192.168.0.8
  max_check_attempts 3
  check_period 24x7
  check_command check-host-alive
  contacts root
  notification_interval 60
  notification_period 24x7
}
define service {
  host_name store.tup.local
  service_description NTP
  max_check_attempts 3
  check_period 24x7
  check_command check_ntp
  contacts root
  notification_interval 60
  notification_period 24x7
  retry_interval 5
  check_interval 15
}

The new entry start with define service. here we check NTP every 15 minutes and retry after 5 minutes if we have a failure. The command we run is defines as check_ntp in this example.