Nagios is a host, service, and network monitoring system that will watch your network and alert you to problems before your clients or end-users do. The system runs checks on hosts and services that you specify using plugins that return status information to Nagios. When problems are encountered, the system will send notifications to system administrators so that they can take action on the problem. The JumpBox for Nagios gives you a head start to using the system. It eliminates the complexity involved in getting the application installed, and allows you to focus on the configuration for your specific environment. Since Nagios is based on plugins, depending on what you want to do this will vary in complexity.
BigDaddy is a program for monitoring servers. It is similar to Nagios, with the added benefit of also monitoring and controlling the crontab (or any scheduled application) across an entire fleet of servers. The application comes in the form of a daemon for monitoring and reporting as well as an easy-to-use Web-based GUI for controlling monitoring, viewing timelines of incidents, filing incidents and graphing statistics. The application is extensible with any sort of monitoring module and notification is based on a five step escalation process.
The CommandCenter-NOC monitors a complete network system. It provides asset management, security monitoring, bandwidth analysis, and reporting for almost any environment. The CommandCenter-NOC will discover and inventory new hardware and software on your system while providing reports that cover service availability, outages, inventory, security, performance, delta inventory, and open data framework reports. The Web interface allows easy system monitoring. Built-in Snort intrusion detection and Nessus vulnerability scanning will provide immediate notification of any risk to the system via email, SMS, and pager.
The WebReboot Plugin for Nagios is a suite of commands that can be used within Nagios to monitor a server and take corrective action if necessary via the WebReboot line of products. For example, the plugin can be used to alert you if a host is powered down, versus simply not responding to network requests. Likewise, it can be used to reboot a server if a host fails to respond to ping, or to shut down a server when a critical temperature threshold is exceeded. The commands can be mixed-and-matched with all existing Nagios commands, maximizing total network coverage.
simena-io is a Linux tool written in Perl and designed to show ethernet interface statistics in bits/second and packets/second in real time. It requires at least Linux kernel 2.2 and Perl 5. It does not require a root account. There is only one command parameter: the refresh rate in seconds. If no parameter is provided, simena-io will refresh every 2 seconds by default. Detailed documentation can be obtained by running "perldoc simena-io".
GroundWork Monitor Community Edition can give you insight into your computing infrastructure, allowing you to see the current and historical states of all your computers: servers, desktops, and laptops, all of your network devices, all of your services (like TCP/IP and Web services), and all of your applications (like mail servers and database apps). You can choose to be alerted when something goes awry via pager, SMS, email, or phone, and even set up automatic restarts or fall-overs.
Modem.pl is a small script that scrapes the Web interface of a Motorola SURFboard cable modem for various status conditions like signal strength and signal to noise ratio. The results are sent to STDOUT where they can be easily piped into a log file. The modem values are also checked for reasonable operating ranges. If the modem values are outside of reasonable operating ranges, results are also sent to STDERR. When run from a cron job, modem.pl can be used to monitor the condition of the cable service and notify someone before conditions cause service interruptions.
Os-Cafe is a system for administering a cybercafe running exclusively Linux for clients and the server. It has been used in The OpenSource Café (France/Lyon) since summer 2006. It provides a set of preconfigured and customized tools (including some pre-existing ones) like openkiosk, nodeview, and bigsister, but it also provides a full framework for administration and a captive portal for Wifi support.
PortSensor is a powerful Windows/Unix server monitoring tool with Linux/Mac/Windows clients. Sensors can be created to monitor nearly any TCP/UDP service, such as: HTTP, FTP, POP3, SMTP, MySQL, and DNS. Custom sensors can be created to monitor your other critical server metrics, such as processor loads, mail queue loads, disk space usage, and log activity.