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|
Finally, I open sourced some of the grok patterns I’ve been building over the years for our Infoblox and F5 BIG-IP logs. They are far from perfect, but they could get you started in your Elasticsearch setup.
OutsideIT has been running smoothly the past 4 years on Linode infrastructure. If you too would like to rent a VPS (the entry level Linode only costs $5/mo or (.0075/hr)) for whatever reason, please consider using my Linode referral link to create the account. If someone signs up using my referral code, I’ll receive a credit of $20.00, so long as the person that was referred remains an active customer for 90 days.
Finally, I’d love to thank all developers who spent time on open source software. Without them, the world would be so boring.