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Windows: One Framework to Monitor them all by Christian Stein | OSMC 2019

von | Sep 1, 2020 | Icinga, Monitoring, NETWAYS, OSMC, Windows

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series OSMC 2019 | Recap

At the Open Source Monitoring Conference (OSMC) 2019 in Nuremberg, Christian Stein captivated the entire conference room with his presentation “Windows: One Framework to Monitor them all”. His demo was the highlight of his presentation, which ended up with enthusiastic applause. You have missed him speaking? We have got something for you: Watch the video of Christian’s presentation and read a short summary (below).

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Windows: One Framework to Monitor them all

Christian Stein signed up with a talk titled “Windows: One Framework to Monitor them all” and the intention to turn the Windows side of Icinga upside down. After giving a short run down of the the current issue with “Icinga for Windows” and his attempts at fixing them, we get to the good stuff.

An Icinga PowerShell Framework supported by Powershell 4.0 or higher, but let‘s get into the juicy details: The framework comes with a lot of features, to easily extend it within your environment and to simplify monitoring on Windows as well. Additionally, there is a dev-toolkit, which offers plenty of possibilities for developers to give the framework their own tweak. As of now, there are four repositories beyond the framework itself. Up first and most important to mention is icinga-powershell-kickstart, which provides a basic PowerShell script to interactively install the framework. Also rather essential for the framework is the icinga-powershell-plugins repository, which provides a collection of Windows check plugins.

Want to run the framework as a service? Glad you asked. There is a repository for that as well. It’s also covered by the kickstart wizard. Check icinga-powershell-service to find out more or to give some feedback. If you’ve always asked yourself why you should run appliances as a service, there are several benefits. Like the service running before a user logs on and continuing to run, without a logged on user.

Last but not least, even most essential, the framework itself. If we look at the current ways to make Icinga work on windows, they are good, but not great. The icinga-monitoring-framework provides tools and configuration to make icinga monitoring on windows possible, almost natively, except for said repositories.

Having said all that and more, Christian went on with a live demo of the Framework, gave some installation advice and by that I mean, delved deeper into the kickstart script. He also showed off some features and gave some best practice advice. So, all that was left to say is… whats next?

Christian announced, that it will be available on PowerShell Gallery, which will not only help the project grow, but make it even more available as is. And of course, there will be more plugins. For those eagerly waiting for one of these, the next release hopefully provides MSSQL, Active-Directory, Exchange and Hyper-V plugins.

The community’s and the customer’s interest in better windows monitoring is undeniable, but we depend on your feedback and support on this, the respective repository is the place to be, and if you can’t figure, which one it fits, just post your issue at: https://github.com/Icinga/icinga-powershell-framework/issues

Alexander Stoll
Alexander Stoll
Junior Consultant

Alexander ist ein Organisationstalent und außerdem seit Kurzem Azubi im Professional Services. Wenn er nicht bei NETWAYS ist, sieht sein Tagesablauf so aus: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch Sport - Donnerstag Pen and Paper und ein Wochenende ohne Pläne. Den Sportteil lässt er gern auch mal ausfallen.
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