SimpleMonitor is a Python script which monitors hosts and network connectivity. It is designed to be quick and easy to set up and lacks complex features that can make things like Nagios, OpenNMS and Zenoss overkill for a small business or home network. Remote monitor instances can send their results back to a central location.
Ping monitoring (is a host pingable?)
TCP monitoring (is a host listening on a TCP port?)
HTTP monitoring (is a URL fetchable without error? Optionally, does the page content it match a regular expression?)
DNS record monitoring
Service monitoring: FreeBSD ‘rc’ (and potenially others), Windows services, daemontools service
Disk space monitoring
File existence, age and time
FreeBSD portaudit (and pkg audit)
Load average monitoring
Exim queue size monitoring
Windows DHCP scope (available IPs)
APC UPS monitoring (requires apcupsd to be installed and configured)
Running an arbitary command and checking the output
A monitor which is a compond of a number of the above
Adding more monitor types is quite simple if you are able to code in Python.
Logging and alerting options are:
Writing the state of each monitor at each iteration to a SQLite database (i.e. a history of results)
Maintaining a snapshot of the current state of the monitors in a SQLite database
Sending an email alert when a monitor fails, and when it recovers
Writing a log file of all successes and failures, or just failures
Sending a text message via BulkSMS (subscription required)
Writing an HTML status page.
Writing an entry to the syslog (non-Windows only)
Posting notifications to Slack
Again, adding more logging/alerting methods is simply a case of writing some Python.
SimpleMonitor also features:
Simple configuration file format: it’s a standard INI file for the overall configuration and another for the monitor definitions
Dependencies: Monitors can be declared as depending on the success of others. If a monitor fails, its dependencies will be skipped until it succeeds.
Tolerance: Monitors checking things the other side of unreliable links or which have many transient failures can be configured to require their test to fail a number of times in a row before they report a problem.
Escalation of alerts: Alerters can be configured to require a monitor to fail a number of times in a row (after its tolerance limit) before they fire, so alerts can be sent to additional addresses or people.
Urgency: Monitors can be defined as non-urgent so that urgent alerting methods (like SMS) are not wasted on them.
Per-host monitors: Define a monitor which should only run on a particular host and all other hosts will ignore it – so you can share one configuration file between all your hosts.
Monitor gaps: By default every monitor polls every interval (e.g. 60 seconds). Monitors can be given a gap between polls so that they only poll once a day (for example).
Alert periods: Alerters can be configured to only alert during certain times and/or on certain days…
Alert catchup: …and also to alert you to a monitor which failed when they were unable to tell you. (For example, I don’t want to be woken up overnight by an SMS, but if something’s still broken I’d like an SMS at 7am as I’m getting up.)
Remote monitors: An instance running on a remote machine can send its results back to a central instance for logging and alerting.
Download the code
Write your configuration files
Run the code
That was easy.
If you want to hide all output except errors, use the -q option. If you want more verbose blah about what’s happening, use -v.
On non-Windows, SimpleMonitor runs very nicely under daemontools. You just need a run file a bit like this:
On Windows hosts, you’ll have to leave it running in a Command Prompt for now; I haven’t gotten round to making it run as a service.
For help on (the scarce) command line options, run python monitor.py -h.