Icinga on Univention Corporate Server

Univention Corporate ServerGood news for Univention Corporate Server (UCS) users: Icinga is now available in the Univention Application Center for monitoring.
After a few weeks of working with the guys at Univention, we have put together the Icinga app for UCS to offer users an alternative (or addition) to the pre-installed Nagios 3.5.
The Icinga app comes with Icinga 1, Classic UI and the usual plugins, configured and ready to monitor. As it is based on our Debian packages, upgrades will be provided for every major release.
Installation is easy, as it uses the configurations and plugins from any Nagios app that is already running. Once downloaded, the app will automatically install Icinga 1 with the Classic UI and integrate itself into your UCS.
Just be aware that after the initial installation your will have both, Nagios and Icinga 1 running. If you want to use Icinga 1 instead of the shipped Nagios, simply disable the Nagios service.
The open source equivalent of Microsoft’s Small Business Server, UCS is a convenient tool for centralized administration of domains, users and services typical to most networks. It basically ships a server based on Debian, and range of commonly used open source applications which are managed by a central console. Additional applications can be loaded through their application center. Great for users who prefer to get their IT in one standardized package, and shy away from the details of installation and integration.
The Icinga app is easy to test – just download it from Univention and use their free, personal-use license (for up to five users). Don’t forget to check out their demo too.


Icinga App for Mac OS X

Icinga may be intended for Linux, but that hasn’t stopped Windows and Mac users from giving it a go. As such, Mac users have been diligently compiling Icinga to run Mac OS X – a not entirely unrewarding process, but perhaps one to shy from if you just want to play around with Icinga on a monitoring whim.
Thanks to Christian Zigotzky, such impulses can now be fulfilled in the time it takes to make a coffee. Nicely timed against our latest 1.7 release, he has packaged Icinga for Mac OS X.
The disk image contains:

  • Icinga Core (CGIs) with IDOutils
  • NagVis 1.6.5
  • phpMyAdmin
  • MRTG
  • MySQL
  • Check_MK and a check_mk_agent

The package runs on both Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion.
Download the Icinga app from Christian’s website or off our packages page. See the ‘readme’ file for Icinga and MySQL credentials.
Please note the app is not intended for productive environments rather for users to experiment with Icinga on a home computer and easily remove when done.

What’s more, Christian has built in a launcher to make it all the more convenient to start/stop and check on various components and processes. All binaries and their associated libraries are included in the app, making installation a non-issue.
So download, mount and play away!
…But don’t forget to thank Christian for making it possible.