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This article covers Amplify which is an important monitoring tool having a significant role for the better handling of the server that is based on a SaaS monitoring platform. In fact, Amplify support for Nginx Plus, php-fpm and other components of the underlying operating system is a great advantage for the Nginx users to monitor all the involved systems through a WEB UI portal.


Nginx Amplify Agent collects the following types of data:

  • Nginx Metrics – It collects various Nginx-related metrics from stub_status, logs files, and from the process state.
  • System Metrics – Nginx Amplify monitors a variety of system metrics such as CPU usage, memory usage, network traffic, and many more.
  • PHP-FPM Metrics – If it identifies a running PHP-FPM master process, it gets metrics from the PHP-FPM pool status.
  • MySQL Metrics – The MySQL global status set of variables can be used by the agent to collect metrics.
  • NGINX Metadata – The agent gathers data about NGINX instances such as package data, build information, binary path, build configuration settings, and many more.
  • System Metadata – The agent collects data on the operating system, including hostname, uptime, OS flavor, and other details.



This article covers how to install Linux Sysstat Utilities For Monitoring System Performance. In fact, Sysstat is a powerful monitoring tool for Linux environments. 

Basically, Sysstat is actually a collection of utilities designed to collect information about the performance of a Linux installation and record them over time.


Main features of Sysstat:

  • Display average statistics values at the end of the reports.
  • On-the-fly detection of new devices (disks, network interfaces, etc.) that are created or registered dynamically.
  • Support for UP and SMP machines, including machines with hyperthreaded or multi-core processors.
  • Support for hotplug CPUs (it detects automagically processors that are disabled or enabled on the fly) and tickless CPUs.
  • Works on many different architectures, whether 32- or 64-bit.
  • Needs very little CPU time to run (written in C).
  • System statistics collected by sar/sadc can be saved in a file for future inspection. You can configure the length of data history to keep. There is no limit for this history length but the available space on your storage device.
  • System statistics collected by sar/sadc can be exported in various different formats (CSV, XML, JSON, SVG, etc.). DTD and XML Schema documents are included in sysstat package. JSON output format is also available for mpstat and iostat commands.
  • iostat can display statistics for devices managed by drivers in userspace like spdk.
  • Smart color output for easier statistics reading.

Different methods of installing Sysstat on any Linux distribution ?

1. Install from RHEL/Fedora/CentOS

Execute:

$ sudo yum install sysstat

CentOS and Fedora systems call the collector process using a cron job in /etc/cron.d and it's enabled by default. On recent versions, systemd is used instead of cron. You may need to enable and start the sysstat service:

$ sudo systemctl enable sysstat
$ sudo systemctl start sysstat


2. Install from Ubuntu

Execute:

$ sudo apt-get install sysstat

Then enable data collecting:

$ sudo vi /etc/default/sysstat

change ENABLED="false" to ENABLED="true"

save the file

Last, restart the sysstat service:

$ sudo service sysstat restart


3. Install Sysstat from sources

Clone sysstat public repository with:

$ git clone git://github.com/sysstat/sysstat

Then configure sysstat for your system:

$ cd sysstat
$ ./configure

You can set several variables and parameters on the command line. For example you can enter the following option to activate data collecting (either using cron or systemd):

$ ./configure --enable-install-cron

Enter ./configure --help to display all possible options.

Finally, Compile and install:

$ make
$ sudo make install



This article covers the process of installing Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10 Buster system. In fact, Cacti is a free and open-source, web-based network monitoring, and graphics tool which provides a fast poller with advanced graphic template creation and multiple data collection methods. 

For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Cacti Monitoring website.



This article covers how to install Checkmk and monitor hosts in Ubuntu Linux machine. In fact, Checkmk can monitor your servers, desktops, applications, networks and cloud environments, all from a well-designed web-based GUI dashboard. Therefore, you can monitor more systems as required.



This article covers what APM software is all about, its benefits, and the top open-source APM software to help you monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize your apps. In fact, OpenAPM shows you which open source Application Performance Management tools are suitable for your stack. We discussed the best open-source APM tools such as Apache Skywalking, Signoz, Pinpoint, Stagemonitor, Metrics, Scouter, Hypertrace, and AppPerf. 

APM software plays a significant role in making sure the app performance is solid and meets user expectations. It can identify issues and notify you so you can make quick fixes and improve its performance.


Importance of Application Performance Monitoring tools:

  • Speed up your development lifecycle.
  • Perform code audits.
  • Gain an understanding of which features are really being used by your customers.
  • Understand application dependencies.
  • Uncover performance problems.
  • Increase your confidence in the software you release.
  • Monitor the impact of your code changes.
  • User experience monitoring. Sometimes this is known as Real User Monitoring (RUM).
  • Network Monitoring and Network Performance.



This article covers the best open source security tools for Linux and other leading platforms such as MISP, Privacy Badger, Clam Antivirus, AIRCRACK-NG, Wireshark, Archery, and Anchore. Basically, these security tool comes with extraordinary security features that ensure network and operating system’s reliability and provides an insight into the vulnerability state.



This article covers how to install Grafana on Ubuntu OS using two methods: using the APT repository and the .deb package. Grafana is multi-platform open-source analytics and interactive visualization web application that integrates with complex data from sources like Prometheus, InfluxDB, Graphite, and ElasticSearch. It provides charts, graphs, and alerts for the web when connected to supported data sources. It is expandable through a plug-in system.


Features of Grafana:

  • Data Visualization: Allows for fast and flexible visualization with many options and settings.
  • Dynamic Dashboards: Provides the ability to create dynamic and reusable panels with templated variables.
  • Metrics Exploration: Explore your data with ad-hoc queries and dynamic drill-down by splitting the view and comparing different time ranges and sources.
  • Data Logs: Provides tremendous opportunities to use data metrics in a log with labels and filters saved, which can be studied, viewed, and broadcasted.
  • Extensive Alert Capabilities: Visually define alert rules for your most important metrics. Grafana will continuously evaluate and send notifications to systems such as Slack, PagerDuty, VictorOps, and OpsGenie.
  • Mixed Data Sources: Mix different data sources on the same graph and for each query.



This article covers how to install the Wireshark network analyzer tool on CentOS 8 system. Once Wireshark installed on your system, you can capture incoming and outgoing data packets over the network. Wireshark is free & Open source network packet analyzer that is used for network analysis, troubleshooting, etc. Wireshark is a cross-platform software that is available for various Linux/UNIX distributions, Mac-OS, Solaris, BSD & Windows, etc. It uses GTK to implement user interface & captures packets using PCAP. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Wireshark website.


To Install package called Whireshark using the dnf command. For a GUI Wireshark application execute:

# dnf install wireshark

To install Wireshark command line tool only execute:

# dnf install wireshark-cli



Features of Wireshark includes:

  • Live packet capture & offline analysis.
  • A number of display filters.
  • Support for hundreds of protocol.
  • Rich VOIP analysis.
  • Read/write feature various file formats.
  • Live data can be read from ethernet port, Bluetooth, USB, Token rings tec.



This article covers the top monitoring tools in the market. Monitoring tools help ensure the stability of not only the computer systems and networks, but also help ensure the stability of a business or an enterprise. Many monitoring tools ask users to share information and data which usually businesses or enterprises are not comfortable sharing.

The open-source monitoring tools providing open access are free from the blame of data theft because, with open-source monitoring tools, the companies are not forced to share their data if they don't want to.

Monitoring is essential to businesses to ensure a necessary system is up and running. Monitoring different aspects of your IT Infrastructure setup can cause a lot of tantrum if not done properly with the right tools.



This article covers how to install the Zabbix Agent on a Ubuntu 20.04 system very conveniently.
You can ensure the successful installation of the Zabbix Agent by checking its Active status on your system. However, you can also uninstall it anytime you want.
Zabbix agent is installed on the remote host (target) to monitor the hard drive, memory processor, etc. The agent collects data and sends back to Zabbix Server.
Zabbix agents can use passive or active checks to pass information.
In passive check, Zabbix server (poller) requests an agent for certain information, and the agent sends back a value.
In the active check, the agent process all data and pushes it to the Zabbix server.
However, agent periodically connects the server to collect metric which needs to be monitored.


To Configure Zabbix agent:
Make necessary changes on the Zabbix Agent configuration file "/etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf".
After making changes, Save the changes and exit the file.
Then restart Zabbix agent service to the changes to be effected.

$ sudo systemctl restart zabbix-agent


To Configure the firewall on Zabbix agent:
1. If you have UFW firewall enables, execute the commands:

$ sudo ufw allow 10050/tcp

2. Then reload the firewall

$ sudo ufw reload

3. And verify that the port has been opened or allowed on the firewall.

$ sudo ufw status



This article covers how you can install Jenkins on Ubuntu OS. For further information about Jenkins, visit its official documentation.

Jenkins is an open-source automation server that can be used to easily set up continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines.

Continuous integration (CI) is a DevOps practice in which team members regularly commit their code changes to the version control repository, after which automated builds and tests are run. 

Continuous delivery (CD) is a series of practices where code changes are automatically built, tested, and deployed to production.


To install Jenkins on Ubuntu 20.04 as a standalone service:

1. Run the following commands as root or user with sudo privileges or root to install OpenJDK 11:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install openjdk-11-jdk

2. Once the installation is complete, verify it by checking the Java version:

# java -version

3. Import the GPG keys of the Jenkins repository using the following wget command:

# wget -q -O - https://pkg.jenkins.io/debian/jenkins.io.key | sudo apt-key add -

4. Next, add the Jenkins repository to the system with:

# sudo sh -c 'echo deb http://pkg.jenkins.io/debian-stable binary/ > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jenkins.list'

5. Once the Jenkins repository is enabled, update the apt package list and install the latest version of Jenkins by typing:

# sudo apt update
# sudo apt install jenkins

6. Jenkins service will automatically start after the installation process is complete. You can verify it by printing the service status:

# systemctl status jenkins



This article will guide you on how to install and configure the #Nagios #monitoring solution on Linux. We have also explained how to setup remote hosts for monitoring. Now you can easily monitor the health of #Linux #hosts and the services running on them.

Nagios is an open source monitoring system for computer systems. It was designed to run on the Linux operating system and can monitor devices running Linux, Windows and Unix operating systems (OSes).

Nagios provides complete monitoring of applications and application state – including Windows applications, Linux applications, UNIX applications, and Web applications.

To  install Nagios Plugins and NRPE daemon on the Remote Linux Host:

1. Install Required Dependencies.

2. Create Nagios User.

3. Install the Nagios Plugins.

4. Extract Nagios Plugins.

5. Compile and Install Nagios Plugins.

6. Install Xinetd.



This article will guide you on how to run commands as root user using nonuser, su, and sudo utilities.




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