Munin is an open source system monitoring, network monitoring and infrastructure monitoring application written in Perl, used to monitor the performance of your server, applications and more. Munin uses the RRDtool to create graphs which are accessible over a web browser. Also, Munin can be configured to send alerts when some service/application etc. is not working and Munin will automatically send an additional email alert once the problem has been resolved.
To install Munin on an Ubuntu VPS follow the very easy steps described below.
Make sure your Ubuntu 14.04 Linux VPS is fully up to date using:
apt-get update apt-get upgrade
Munin requires that Apache2 is installed and running on the VPS you will use for monitoring, so if it is not installed, run the following command to install it:
apt-get install apache2
Install Munin and extra plugins using the following command:
apt-get install munin munin-node munin-plugins-extra
Create a backup of the original Apache configuration file for Munin, or rename it:
mv /etc/munin/apache.conf /etc/munin/apache.conf.orig
Edit the ‘/etc/munin/apache.conf’ configuration file and add the following lines:
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerName munin.your-domain.com ServerAlias www.munin.your-domain.com ServerAdmin firstname.lastname@example.org DocumentRoot "/var/cache/munin/www" DirectoryIndex index.html <Directory "/var/cache/munin/www"> Options Indexes Includes FollowSymLinks MultiViews AllowOverride AuthConfig AuthUserFile /etc/munin/htpasswd AuthName "munin" AuthType Basic Require valid-user Order allow,deny Allow from all </Directory> CustomLog /var/log/apache2/munin.your-domain.com-access.log combined ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/munin.your-domain.com-error.log <Directory "/etc/munin/static"> Require all granted </Directory> <Directory "/usr/lib/munin/cgi"> Options +ExecCGI Require all granted <IfModule mod_fcgid.c> SetHandler fcgid-script </IfModule> <IfModule !mod_fcgid.c> SetHandler cgi-script </IfModule> </Directory> </VirtualHost>
Create an output directory for the Munin graphs and data:
mkdir -p /var/cache/munin/www/
The Munin user needs to be able to write to files and directories inside the ‘/var/cache/munin/www’ directory, so it can easily be accomplished by executing the following command:
chown munin:munin -R /var/cache/munin/www
Create a backup of the original Munin configuration file:
cp /etc/munin/munin.conf /etc/munin/munin.conf.orig
Edit the Munin configuration file and add/modify the following lines:
dbdir /var/lib/munin htmldir /var/cache/munin/www logdir /var/log/munin rundir /var/run/munin tmpldir /etc/munin/templates includedir /etc/munin/conf.d graph_strategy cron cgiurl_graph /munin-cgi/munin-cgi-graph html_strategy cron [localhost] address 127.0.0.1 use_node_name yes
Run the following command to set a password for the Munin administrator user:
htpasswd -c /etc/munin/htpasswd munin
This is important to keep your Munin output directory and the files in it private from search engines and unauthorized users.
Restart Munin and Apache services for the changes to take effect:
service munin-node restart service apache2 restart
It might take a couple of minutes for Munin to generate the graphs and html files. Then, open Munin at http://munin.your-domain.com using ‘munin’ as username and the previously generated munin password as password and you will be able to access Munin graphs and data:
That is it. The Munin installation is now complete. Of course you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Linux VPS Hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to install Munin for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.
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