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Find out which process is changing a file

I'm trying to find a reliable way of finding which process on my machine is changing a configuration file (/etc/hosts to be specific). I know I can use lsof /etc/hosts to find out what processes ...
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16TB Volumes and SNMP On Windows

As volumes larger than 16TB became more common, it was recognized that the 32 bit value used to report disk size and usage within the standard "HOST-RESOURCES" MIB in SNMP was not large enough to ...
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Alternative to etsy/statsd

Is there any alternative to etsy's statsd? Maybe even a complete dashboard-like solution? My research only found proprietary SaaS solutions. For those who do not know: statsd is a deamon which ...
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Monitoring Dell/HP Servers Running ESXi (Free)

What are you all doing to monitor ESXi servers that run the free edition? With the lack of SNMP support, it seems fairly limited to me. What'd I'd like to be able to do is get some type of alert when ...
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Green-IT: How do you deal with poweroff systems in your system monitoring?

Many of you probably have completed or are contemplating Green-IT projects with the goal to power off idle or unneeded systems when demand for computer resources is low: How you did handle this ...
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IBM ServeRAID: how to use email alerts?

I just installed a brand old IBM server with a ServeRAID 4Lx card. I installed the driver, and the ServeRAID manager software v9.30. Everyting works as expected. My problem is: Yesterday, when ...
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script to automatically test if a web site is available

I'm a lone web developer with my own Centos VPS hosting a few small web sites for my clients. Today I discovered my httpd service had stopped (for no apparent reason - but that's another thread). I ...
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Remote Linux server monitoring

I'm looking for a solution to monitor multiple Linux servers remotely. I don't need a whole lot of granular data, just basic things like server load and critical error notifications. I'm no Linux ...
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Full status information in Nagios email notification?

I have set up Nagios to monitor my servers and I have written a few custion checks. When I get a notification email, I only get the first line of the status information and I have to use the web ...
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I am looking for a tool to measure or detect “unresponsiveness” of a desktop PC

I have a client that provides some server systems to a hospital, and a support ticket was raised that the desktop application was hanging waiting for the server. We did some extensive testing and its ...
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In Icinga (Nagios), how do I configure hosts with multiple IPs?

I'm setting up Icinga (Nagios fork) and I have some machines with multiple interfaces. Some services are only listening on one of them and to check them correctly, I like to know if it's possible to ...
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Hiding hosts in Nagios

I would like to monitor a few hundred hosts using Nagios, yet I only want the switch fabric to show up in the statusmap.cgi. Is there a way to prevent a host from showing up in the status map, yet ...
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Load average is greater than the number of EC2 Compute Units

On an EC2 m1.large, with an AVG CPU Utilization graph such as this: how is is possible that the load average is greater than the number of EC2 Compute Units (4) ? cat /proc/loadavg 5.78 5.57 5.44 ...
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Intermittent munin-cron error “There is nothing to do here, since there are no nodes with any plugins”

We've installed munin monitoring on one of our servers. Generally it seems to be working well but occasionally, 4 times in 2 months to be exact, munin-cron has generated the following error: ...
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How do people keep track if their server software is up-to-date? [closed]

Assume you have a server that is non-Windows, how do you keep track if you server software is up-to-date? Meaning, what tool already exists that will send me automated alerts to inform me that my any ...
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Spawn phone call from EC2 alerts

I have a system setup on AWS/EC2, it currently is using their CloudWatch alert system. The problem is this sends just to email, when ideally I would like this to be making a phone call and/or sending ...
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Record SSH / Terminal into video?

If someone access to the server via Putty (SSH) or terminal - I want to record everything what they can see on the screen and what they have typed into video.. What is the solution to this, is there ...
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Hyper-Threading & htop/system-monitor

I'm running a large set of simulations on a quad-core Xenon E5520 with Hyper-Threading enabled. My software automatically detects 8 (virtual) cores and launches 8 simulations to run in parallel. ...
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Can't get Monit to work

I am trying to configure Monit on my local machine to get a taste at how it works, but I have some issues. What I am trying to do is to get any evidence that Monit is up and running correctly and is ...
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Is there a way to run top as a daemon to gather historical process data?

I am aware that I can write a cron job that will run top in batch mode and write the output to a file but I am looking for something more elegant than that. Also I am aware of sysstat (sar) but I am ...
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Software for monitoring many sites [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tool do you use to monitor your servers? Can anyone recommend a website monitoring service? My company builds and maintains sites for our clients. On any given ...
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How to setup a nagios event handler to run only in non working hours?

I have a event handler configured and running in nagios which is triggered every time a given service is in a CRITICAL state. The problem is that we decided that in regular working hours there's no ...
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Reporting historical system activity in FreeBSD

I'd like to record data about system activity under FreeBSD for future analysis. If I were running a SysV system, I'd just sar and its related utilities, but that doesn't exist in the BSDs. (And ...
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Why does Monit perform actions on unspecified cycles?

I am using Monit 5.5 with the CHECK PROGRAM directive to execute an external script that does some work to verify if my app is functioning properly. I want to do this check every few cycles so as to ...
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Windows Services: How to schedule and monitor them?

We have about a dozen Windows Services, both in-house developed and third-party products, and have the following requirements for managing them: Start/Stop/Bounce a given service at scheduled times ...
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How to monitor power supply status using ipmitool on Linux/Solaris?

ipmitool differs a lot in Solaris and Linux. How can I use ipmitool in these servers (on Sun, IBM and other hardwares) to detect the power supply status?
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gnome system monitor save timeline

Im using gnome system monitor and I like the graphic it shows. The thing is that I would like to record that graphic for about an hour or maybe a day so I have a complete view of how my system ...
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System Center 2012 Alternatives [closed]

Are there any good alternatives to System Center 2012? I'm looking for a system platform that allows gives us a replacement for SCCM, SCOM, EdnPoitn Protection, DPM and Global Service Monitor and can ...
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Process trace tool for windows

Process Explorer can show currently running processes and also can show the command line each process was started with. Is there a tool that can capture a trace of processes that were started and ...
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IBM x3500 Server managament/monitoring tool

I took over monitoring an older IBM x3500 7977 server and i don't have much knowledge of IBM servers. I'm looking for the equivalent of Dell Server Administrator from IBM, just to monitor and alert on ...
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monitor pfSense with nagios

I have pFsense machine and one nagios(NagiosXI) installed machine. On pfSense machine DHCP server is running. i want to monitor pfSense i.e DHCP status, interface through nagios using SNMP. I have ...
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Contact group for alerting after one hour in Nagios / OMD

I am trying to find a solution for the scenario below. I have a few hundred services in a Nagios (OMD install with check_mk and other delicious stuff) and they are defined as different service types ...
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How to user monit to count the number of instances of a process

Is it possible to use monit to count the number of instances of a process (in my case Celery) and take an action accordingly. For example if there are 4 instances of celery daemon, then take action
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Tool to monitor file size, file existence, parse xml, etc

I'm trying to find some tool that helps me monitor several things. What are some requirements: Shows results on a web page. Checks existence of files/folders Checks sizes of files/folders Can parse ...
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Custom checks across servers and custom applications

I'm half expecting the answer to this is Nagios, but I just wanted to check against certain specific requirements we have with our infrastructure and custom applications. We need to monitor for ...
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M/Monit how to see current disk space?

In the admin interface of M/Monit under Reports -> Analytics I can chose to show Space %. How can I make the Monit clients submit this info? Is there a way to display Disk Space percentage on the ...
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Why is my munin plugin being double executed (concurrently)?

I have a custom made munin plugin that currently is being executed twice every time $ ps fax 16844 ? Ss 0:00 /usr/sbin/munin-node 18206 ? S 0:00 \_ /usr/sbin/munin-node 18863 ...
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Munin disable dynazoom.html

Doing a quick google search for "Munin dynazoom.html doesn't work" yields many results. There doesn't seem to be a solution that works -- at least not that I have seen. I have munin installed on a ...
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Best way to monitor host [closed]

I have just set up a host which receives messages from 300b to 1500b (wrapped stx etx) and replies with the same. It works fine, but sometimes it receives junk data. Is there a way to monitor this ...
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user management for host monitoring with ninja

I need some help with ninja for host monitoring(http://www.op5.org/community/plugin-inventory/op5-projects/ninja). Sorry for this long description but I hope this will help you to help me better. We ...
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Adding a device with separate name and title using the Zenoss API

The Zenoss UI lets you add a new device with a device name and a title. The former needs to be an IP address or DNS entry, the latter is then used for display purposes. I am trying to do the same ...
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what are the best ways to check on the health of a debian based server [closed]

Hello I been thinking about how to do a regular check on a system to assess the state of health of the systems. I am really turning into a system admin gradually and I already manage about 10 ubuntu ...
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MRTG does not give precise value or converts wrong?

By example: I have SNMP response value 59757296, passed to MRTG via conf ("business as usual"). The value is in bytes (I checked specs of the target device plus web interface of device confirms). In ...
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Nginx 504 monitoring

I'm using Nginx to reverse proxy a nodejs instance that is currently timing out when an external service attempts to call a specific, secured api endpoint, generating 504 errors. How can I setup ...
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Celery and RabbitMQ - Tools for monitoring and callout alarms

I think we've reached the limit of usability of celery events and celery fllower. Is there a good tool for monitoring status of Celery running under RabbitMQ? In particular, I would like something ...
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Server performance and disk usage portal?

I'm looking for a good web based portal to install on internal production servers to give information about the health of the server to people who have no login permission for that server at the ...
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Smart Notifications (Whom to contact for what) in Icinga

I have Icinga 1.10 installed and I am using NagiosQL to configure it. I am stuck a bit on tweaking alerts and notifications. Icinga has implied inheritance. Assume we have a production web server ...
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Monitor total service uptime using Icinga

I am using Icinga (Nagios fork) for monitoring ~10 webservers, each one providing different services. I would now like to provide an aggregated view on the server states on our companies intranet, ...
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monitor bandwidth usage per application or IP

i want to monitor the bandwidth usage per application or per IP, currently im using wireshark to do the work, but are there any software dedicated just for this type of job? thanks
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Monitoring memory of AIX 5.3 LPARs

I'm currently administrating an IBM Power 740 server via an HMC. We have four LPARs running, two VIOS LPARs, one application LPAR and one database LPAR. We have implemented lpar2rrd to monitor CPU ...