[Nagios-users] A newbie configuration question

stan stanb at panix.com
Thu Dec 30 12:44:41 UTC 2010

On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:52:45PM +0000, Jim Avery wrote:
> On 29 December 2010 18:36, stan <stanb at panix.com> wrote:
> > I am trying to rationalize a couple of Nagios configurations that have
> > 2different histories, and they seem more different than I think they should
> > be. So, first I want to get the big picture n my head, and decide what
> > seems to be a sensible configuration to support going forward.
> >
> > Basicly I have in mind some thing like this.
> >
> > 1. Define hosts in a file
> > 2. Define services in a file
> > 3, Define commands in a file
> > 4. Aggregate hosts in groups of similar types in a hostgroups file
> > 5. Aggregate services in groups of similar types in a servicegroups file
> >
> >
> > Now, where I start to get confused here is that the service definitions
> > seem to have a filed for one or more hostnames. Why is this?
> Services are often quite agnostic as to what kind of host they relate
> to.  Take for example FTP.  Various host types will accept an FTP
> connection but the service definition for them will always be pretty
> much the same.

Thanks for the thoguhtful reply.

I am still confused by why the service def's have a filed for hostname. As
you point out, services don't necisarily relate to hosts. They are
functions provided, or statuses of a machine. and I would think thta
servicegroups would be where the assoctation betwen the service, and
thehosts that you want to check for that service wouldbe.

Am I missing something?

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