OutsideIT is a little side project I started around June 2014. My original idea was to make it a portal to other general ICT related projects I’m working on. But as my monitoring interests evolved over the years, OutsideIT more or less grew into a series of specialized posts, which cover both monitoring and automation related topics. The cornerstone content on this website is my post about FireMotD. It is a dynamic message of the day generator which displays information about your Linux servers at logon.
If you are often working commandline on Linux servers over console or ssh, you should give FireMotD a try. If you find any issue or have any enhancement requests, please create a GitHub issue.
Apart from FireMotd, I also created a bunch of Nagios plugins. Some of them are really good and you are free to use them in Nagios or any monitoring software which supports Nagios plugins. You can of course find them all on the Nagios Exchange and on GitHub.
|Plugin Name||Plugin Purpose||GitHub Releases|
|check_ms_iis_application_pool||Monitors MS IIS application pools.||Releases|
|check_ms_win_disk_load||Monitors MS Windows disk load||Releases|
|check_ms_win_network_connections||Monitors MS Windows network connections||Releases|
|check_ms_win_tasks||Monitors MS Windows scheduled tasks||Releases|
|check_ms_win_updates||Monitors MS Windows updates||Releases|
|check_lin_process||Monitors Linux process||Releases|
|check_netapp_ontap||Monitors NetApp Ontap||Releases|
|check_rundeck_job||Monitors Rundeck job||Releases|
|check_wordpress_updates||Monitors WordPress updates||Releases|
|check_ms_sharepoint||Monitors MS SharePoint health||Releases|
Since 2018, my interests have changed from monitoring and logging to intrusion detection. The SANS course ‘Security Operations and Continuous Monitoring’ I followed this year convinced me I’m on the right path. With everything going on in the cyber security world (aka the shift from prevention to detection), it’s clear that the world needs some dedicated intrusion detection specialists.
OutsideIT has been running smoothly on Linode infrastructure for 6 years. But for multiple reasons, I’ve decided start switching to Azure.
Finally, I’d love to thank all developers who spent time on open source software. Without them, the world would be so boring.