Monitor a Windows service/host from the Nagios Core server [Linux].


NSclient++ is an agent which can be used to monitor Windows devices. Using this agent we can monitor system metrics, services, and processes on the target machine using the Windows Server configuration Wizard. This agent must be installed on the target Windows Machine/Server. In this scenario, Nagios core is installed on a CentOS machine.

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Squid proxy installation in windows server

Squid is a caching proxy for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. Squid has a variety of uses and advantages such as speeding up web browsing for the end user, reduces bandwidth and improves response times by caching and reusing frequently-requested web pages. It also can work as web filtering and can control the browsing traffic.

Squid is based on the Harvest Cache Daemon developed in the early 1990’s. It was one of two forks from the codebase after the Harvest project ran to completion. Continue reading…

Creating or Removing Scheduled Tasks (cron) in Plesk (windows)

Some scripts/applications require certain scripts be run at a certain time to function properly.

On Windows servers, we can set them up to run at certain times by creating a scheduled task (which is similar to how you can run cron jobs on Linux servers).

Creating a Scheduled Task in Plesk:

We can set up Scheduled Tasks in Plesk by doing the following:

  • Log into Plesk

The user you are logging in with should have enough permissions to create a scheduled task. Windows Shared customers automatically have permission, and the Admin user for Windows Dedicated Servers automatically have permission. Additional users created by the Admin on a Windows Dedicated Server may or may not have permission to set up scheduled tasks, depending on what permissions you give them. Continue reading…

TightVNC Viewer for Windows

TightVNC is a remote desktop software application and it can be used to connect to another computer and display its live remote desktop. Like other VNC systems, it consists of two parts: the “Server”, which shares the screen of the machine it’s running on, and the “Viewer”, which shows the remote screen received from the server.

TightVNC Server is designed to run in two modes: Application mode & Service mode

# In application mode, the server, just like any other desktop software, can be running only during the current user session and quits on the log out. Each user has his/her personal settings and passwords.

To start TightVNC Server in the application mode, choose:
Start->Programs->TightVNC->TightVNC Server (Application Mode)->Run TightVNC Server.

# Service mode is configured independently of application mode; the settings and passwords of TightVNC Server as a service are global for all users. Continue reading…