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What tool do you use to monitor your servers?

I'd like to have something more simple than Nagios — I don't need historical data or a GUI, I just need to be notified if basic resource problems are happening (disk filling up, load high). Are there any bare-bones monitoring tools that I can just install with minimal config and get this?

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    So and what is "bad" in your context? – mailq Nov 7 '11 at 18:47
  • @mailq good question :) i clarified above – John Bachir Nov 7 '11 at 18:50
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    The closest I know is Munin. Install a master and a node on the machine, add the notify-address in /etc/munin.conf and you should be good to go for full disk / high load. – Kvisle Nov 7 '11 at 18:54
  • @sirex's answer is exactly what i was looking for, and is information/perspective i didn't get from the linked thread or any of the others... – John Bachir Nov 7 '11 at 20:59

monit and munin are pretty quick to setup and as fire-and-forget as i can think of.

  • Thanks! exactly what i was looking for. none of the other threads on monitoring software really address this case. – John Bachir Nov 7 '11 at 20:59

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