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CM API Sample for Nagios

Sample script to generate Nagios configs and send Nagios passive updates.

WARNING: This is experimental code and shouldn't be used in a production environment. Please use this code as an example of how you may use the CM API to integrate with Nagios or other systems.

Overview performs two functions:

  1. To generate Nagios configuration files mapping Nagios hosts and services to CM hosts, services, and roles.
       CM hosts     =>  Nagios hosts
       CM clusters  =>  Nagios hosts (are 'virtual hosts')
       CM services  =>  Nagios services (with 'virtual hosts')
       CM roles     =>  Nagios services (with physical hosts)

Run with the -g parameter to generate the config files and exit.

These configuration files should be edited/customized as appropriate.

  1. To poll the CM API for health status and update Nagios.

    Updating Nagios can happen in one of two ways:

    1. Write to the Nagios "External Command File". (Default) The command file is sepecified with the -c/--cmd-file parameter.

      See 'External Commands':

    2. Use send_nsca to update Nagios via a NSCA daemon. Enabled with the -n/--use-send-nsca option. Parameters are used to specify the location of the send_nsca command, the NSCA server and port, and the send_nsca configuration file.

    Currently, CM services and roles report a healthSummary which is used to determine a Nagios status code:

       NOT_AVAILABLE          =>  UNKNOWN
       DISABLED               =>  UNKNOWN
       GOOD                   =>  OK
       CONCERNING             =>  WARNING
       BAD                    =>  CRITICAL

The script will terminate after submitting the status updates.


  1. Install the cm_api Python client.

  2. Create a file containing the CM username and password.

    E.g. echo "admin:admin" > /safe-directory/cm_password

    NOTE: Set permissions appropriately! If this mechanism isn't secure enough for your purposes, feel free to adapt the code to meet your needs.

  3. Generate Nagios cfg files for the CM services, roles and hosts:

    E.g. the following command generates Nagios configs for the CM host specified. See the overview section for an explanation of how the CM services, roles, and hosts map to Nagios.

   python --generate-cfg \
      --host $CM_HOST --passfile $CM_PASSFILE \

See the help -h for all arguments.

Ensure that Nagios can find the generated cfg files. If the directory $NAGIOS_CM_CFG_DIR is a non-standard location, you may have to add a cfg_dir parameter in the Nagios configuration (usually found in /etc/nagios/nagios.cfg).

You may need to reload the Nagios configuration, e.g.: /etc/init.d/nagios reload

See the Nagios documentation for help with configuration:

  1. Run the script to send passive updates to Nagios
   python --update-status \
      --host $CM_HOST --passfile $CM_PASSFILE \
      --cmd-file $NAGIOS_CMD_FILE

The script writes updates for each of the CM services, roles, and hosts to the Nagios external commands file.

This process can easily be configured to run periodically with cron or mechanisms.

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