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Instant Munin Plugin Starter

107 pages
41 minutes
Feb 13, 2013


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks.This hands-on Starter guide will get you up and running with Munin and Munin plugins, giving you the power to monitor, fix, and optimize your networks. This book is great for system administrators who want to improve the monitoring level of their systems. It’s assumed that you have some experience with Linux-based systems and know your way around them.
Feb 13, 2013

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Instant Munin Plugin Starter


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1. Instant Munin Plugin Starter

So, what is Munin?


Step 1 – What do I need?

Step 2 – Installing Munin

Step 3 – Plotting graphs

And that's it

Quick start – Setting up Munin

Munin master configuration

Example configuration file for Munin

Munin node configuration

Example configuration file for munin-node

Managing plugins

Top 6 features you need to know about

Monitoring additional servers

Step 1 – Installing munin-node

Step 2 – Testing your munin-node installation

Step 3 – Installing additional plugins

Step 4 – Adding the new node to the master


Monitoring additional devices

Step 1 – Enabling the SNMP interface plugin

Step 2 – Testing the SNMP interface plugin

Step 3 – Configuring the Munin master

Installing sensor plugins

Monitoring sensors through lm-sensors

Monitoring sensors through IPMI

Writing a simple plugin

Step 1 – Gathering the information we need

Step 2 – Designing the graph

Step 3 – Writing the plugin

Step 4 – Testing the plugin

Challenge yourself!

Writing a complex plugin

Step 1 – Rewriting our bash plugin to Perl

Step 2 – Documentation and markers

Step 3 – Supporting the autoconf argument

Step 4 – Adding support for the suggest argument

Advanced plugin options



Challenge yourself!

People and places you should get to know

Finding plugins

Windows support

Interesting websites

Instant Munin Plugin Starter

Instant Munin Plugin Starter

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First published: February 2013

Production Reference: 1070213

Published by Packt Publishing Ltd.

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ISBN 978-1-84969-674-6




Bart ten Brinke


Diego Elio Pettenò

Acquisition Editor

Martin Bell

Commissioning Editor

Harsha Bharwani

Technical Editor

Pooja Prakashan

Copy Editors

Brandt D'Mello

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Project Coordinator

Michelle Quadros


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Production Coordinator

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Cover Work

Prachali Bhiwandkar

Cover Image

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About the Author

Bart ten Brinke is an experienced product developer; he has been building web applications for over six years, mainly focusing on Ruby on Rails. In 2012, he started his own company called Retrosync. Retrosync focuses on the three major pillars of web application development—security, scalability, and usability.

Prior to Retrosync, Bart worked at Nedap Healthcare as a product developer and security officer. Here he developed a web-based planning solution that is now used by a majority of the Dutch home care sector.

Bart holds a Masters title in Information Technology and a Minor in Biomedical Engineering, both from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional

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