Shinken Monitoring v2.4.3 installation on centos 7+


Shinken Monitoring v2.4.3 installation on centos 7+

Hi Tech Guys,
Shinken is a monitoring framework, one of the best open-source alternative to Nagios® Core, completely rewrited in python that enhancing flexibility and large environment management.
You can Keep your old Nagios® configuration and plugins if you willing to switch your monitoring system to Shinken.
More information on Official Shinken Monitoring website.
-Centos 7+ server with minimal hardware configuration (depends of your needs).
-ROOT permission on server.
-Internet connection to download all needed packages.
-Good IT knowledge and a bit of patience…

Let’s Start!

This time we will give you 2 possibility to install this software, the first is for lazy admins through a script and the second is for who love manual install, choose the way you like more!

1. Install with a script

We prepared a script (only for Centos 7+) that will update your system, download all required packages, add firewall exception, install last version of shinken, resolve some problems and run the webui2 module.

Download the shinken installation script for centos 7+

download MD5 hash

Compare it!

md5sum -c md5.text

If says OK, proceding with decompression of the tar archive, add the executions permission at the script and run automagic installation!

untar -xvzf shinkencentos7setup.tar.gz 
cd shinkeninstall
chmod +x

If everything will go smooth, login at “your IP or hostname” :7767 with default password admin/admin
This script will create a Centos user named “shinken” with pass “ShinPass”.

2. Install manually from sources

In this tutorial we are using a clean install of Centos 7.4, after setting up a static ip and hostname proceed to install required packages.
Install some useful packages, wget to download, network tools (always useful to troubleshoot network), htop to monitor the hardware and processes.

yum install wget net-tools htop

Install the mandatory packages requirements

 yum install -y epel-release
 yum install -y python-setuptools
 yum install -y redhat-lsb python-crypto mongodb mongodb-server httpd-tools openssl

Python 2.6 is the minimum version requirements but with 2.7 will get higher performance.
Check your version and decide which is the best for your installation:

python -V

Get Python-pycurl package for Shinken daemon communication

yum install python-pycurl

Add Python pip and update to last version for install setuptools or distribute Python package

yum install python-pip
pip install --upgrade pip
pip install setuptools

DEPRECATION: Python 2.7 will reach the end of its life on January 1st, 2020. Please upgrade your Python as Python 2.7 won't be maintained after that date. A future version of pip will drop support for Python 2.7.
Requirement already satisfied: setuptools in /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages (0.9.8)

python-cherrypy3 (recommended) enhanced daemons communications, especially in HTTPS mode

yum install python-cherrypy

Monitoring Plugins (recommended) provides a set of plugins to monitor host (Shinken uses check_icmp by default install). Monitoring plugins are available on most linux distributions (nagios-plugins package) or manual download from here! in case of problems!
Some plugins require that you have additional programs and/or libraries installed on your system before they can be used.
Plugins that are dependent on other programs/libraries that are missing are usually not compiled.
Requirements for various plugins info and details are listed in this address.

yum install nagios-plugins

Start the Installation of Shinken Monitoring from sources!

After that, create a user and download last stable Shinken tarball archive (or get the latest git snapshot) extract it somewhere and install:

adduser shinken
passwd shinken

Choose and insert password

tar -xvzf 2.4.3
cd shinken-2.4.3
python install

Install requirement from list with pip and initialize.

pip install -r
shinken --init

With shinken command install modules named webui2, simple-log add it in the /etc/shinken/brokers/broker-master.cfg with sed and re-init.

shinken install webui2
shinken install simple-log
sed -i 's/modules/modules                       simple-log,webui2/g' /etc/shinken/brokers/broker-master.cfg
shinken --init

Enable services at boot and start it

systemctl enable shinken
systemctl start shinken
systemctl enable mongod
systemctl start mongod

I had some problem to start shinken service, however i solved reading the systemctl output and if there are some text similarly or related path of $curpath, use the sed command (copy spaces also) above to correct it and re-run daemon and service!

sed -i 's+$curpath/../../var+$curpath/../../../var+g' /etc/rc.d/init.d/shinken
sed -i 's+$curpath/../../etc+$curpath/../../../etc+g' /etc/rc.d/init.d/shinken
systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl restart shinken

In conclusion, add firewall exceptions to access administration dashboard

firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-port=7767/tcp
firewall-cmd --reload

login at “your IP or hostname” :7767 with default password admin/admin


—>>> ENJOY!!! <<<—

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