The trial license for OP5 Monitor lets you monitor an unlimited amount of hosts and devices with an infinite number of services for 30 days. After 30 days, there will be an opportunity to purchase a permanent license.
Download and installation of OP5 Monitor
We provide three different installation options for OP5 Monitor:
- A Virtual Appliance
- Software (tarball) for Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS
- External Cloud Servers
To deploy on a Windows machine without Linux, use the Virtual Appliance option. We provide all of these downloads at resources.itrsgroup.com.
The Virtual Appliance is used on hypervisors, such as VMware or VirtualBox. Other hypervisors that can import OVFs may also be able to import this OVF successfully.
The Virtual Appliance's OVF includes a CentOS VM with OP5 Monitor already installed and partially configured. This is the easiest and quickest way to get started. After downloading and starting the appliance, the server will get a DHCP address and show that address in the console's login screen.
The default password for the virtual appliance should be "monitor". This should be changed after your first login with the "passwd" command.
Installing the OP5 Monitor tarball requires a running CentOS or RHEL server. We do not include the base operating system with this installation.
Note: Additional steps may be needed when installing on RHEL.
- Download OP5 Monitor to your home, tmp or other suitable directory
- Unpack the tar.gz file
- Go into the newly created folder
- Run ./install.sh
External Cloud Server
Cloud servers are available at Amazon, Azure, and CityCloud. Although the OP5 Monitor license is still free, you will need a subscription for any of the Cloud server providers. After getting it up and running, there is no appreciable difference between a cloud server and a "regular" software installation in a private cloud or physical server. After the cloud server setup, OP5 Monitor can be installed using the same steps as the software installation above.
Accessing Your New OP5 Installation
The main interface of OP5 Monitor can be easily accessed using any web browser. In addition to monitoring your network in a unified, single pane of glass, most configuration options can be accessed via the graphical user interface.
- Using a web browser, navigate to the IP address of OP5 Monitor (i.e. 192.168.1.XX) or host name (i.e. localhost) on your network. Remember to use https:// in your URL as Monitor is only served via the default HTTPS port of 443.
- From the "Start" tab, click the "OP5 Monitor" button.
- You will be prompted to create an account with administrator privileges the first time you access op5 Monitor.
If you see a warning when first launching the web GUI, don't panic! This warning is not an issue with the OP5 Monitor application, and poses no real risk. OP5 Monitor ships by default with self-signed SSL Certificates, a common practice when deploying any new web service that is secured via SSL. The warning page can safely be skipped using any browser by adding an exception:
Chrome: Click "Advanced," then "Proceed to example.com "
Firefox: Click "I Understand the Risks," then "Add Exception," and finally "Confirm"
Internet Explorer: Click on "Continue to this website (not recommended) to bypass SSL warning in Internet Explorer."
To fix the issue permanently, refer to our Knowledge Article about adding or renewing an SSL certificate for OP5 Monitor.
Please see the following article: How to manage your operating system when running OP5 Monitor (EL7).
Prepare objects to be monitored
Before a server or network equipment can be entered as a host or service object and thereby monitored, you may require a particular agent on that node. It can be, for example, NSClient++ for Windows, NRPE for Linux, or SNMP for network equipment.
Download the latest version directly from the NSClient++ downloads page. Remember to allow your OP5 Monitor server to query the agent, which you will configure during the its installation.
Download the nrpe daemon from the repository of your distribution. Remember to allow your OP5 Monitor server to query the agent through firewalls in your environment as well as on an application level in /etc/nrpe.conf under the allowed_hosts option.
SNMP can be used for many endpoints, such as Windows, Linux and hardware with SNMP support. Enabling SNMP on your equipment may differ from device to device. Please see your device or operating system's manual.
Adding your first server
OP5 Monitor includes a "Host Configuration Wizard" for easy deployment and configuration of, for example, network devices or a Windows server. This wizard includes pre-configured management packs for each device which will automatically add relevant service checks to the host.
We will start off by demonstrating how to deploy a device by using the "Host Configuration Wizard."
First, login in to your OP5 Monitor server at https://<op5-ip>/monitor
- Navigate to the Host Wizard, which is found in the "Manage" menu in the top left menu.
- Select the type of server/device you will want to monitor. We will use a Windows Server as an example.
- Click on "Next."
- Enter server name and the IP address of the server.
- Click on "Next."
- Click on "Save Configuration and View Added Hosts."
Next Steps: Related Links
Now that you have completed the fundamental parts of installation, please refer to OP5 Monitor's documentation.