If you are planning to monitor Windows servers, it’s highly advised to install NRPE module. On windows side, I generaly use NSCLIENT++ for host check.
You’ll be able to execute remote commands on hosts.
cd /usr/local/src sudo wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/nagios/nrpe-2.x/nrpe-2.12/nrpe-2.12.tar.gz?use_mirror=kent sudo tar xzfv nrpe-2.12.tar.gz cd nrpe-2.12/ sudo ./configure --with-ssl=/usr/bin/openssl --with-ssl-lib=/usr/lib sudo make all sudo make install-plugin
This will give you the additionnal command: check_nrpe
NRPE Plugin for Nagios Copyright (c) 1999-2008 Ethan Galstad (firstname.lastname@example.org) Version: 2.12 Last Modified: 03-10-2008 License: GPL v2 with exemptions (-l for more info) SSL/TLS Available: Anonymous DH Mode, OpenSSL 0.9.6 or higher required Usage: check_nrpe -H <host> [-n] [-u] [-p <port>] [-t <timeout>] [-c <command>] [-a <arglist...>] Options: -n = Do no use SSL -u = Make socket timeouts return an UNKNOWN state instead of CRITICAL <host> = The address of the host running the NRPE daemon [port] = The port on which the daemon is running (default=5666) [timeout] = Number of seconds before connection times out (default=10) [command] = The name of the command that the remote daemon should run [arglist] = Optional arguments that should be passed to the command. Multiple arguments should be separated by a space. If provided, this must be the last option supplied on the command line. Note: This plugin requires that you have the NRPE daemon running on the remote host. You must also have configured the daemon to associate a specific plugin command with the [command] option you are specifying here. Upon receipt of the [command] argument, the NRPE daemon will run the appropriate plugin command and send the plugin output and return code back to *this* plugin. This allows you to execute plugins on remote hosts and 'fake' the results to make Nagios think the plugin is being run locally.