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:
- Virtual Appliance
- Software (tarball) for Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- Cloud Server
To deploy on a Windows machine without Linux, use the Virtual Appliance option. We provide all of these downloads here.
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 6 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.
For help with installing the Virtual Appliance, please visit our page about getting started with our virtual server.
Installing the OP5 Monitor tarball requires a running CentOS 7 or RHEL 7 VM or physical server. We do not include the base operating system with this installation.
Note: Additional steps are needed when installing on RHEL.
- Download OP5 Monitor to your home directory
- Unpack the tar.gz file
- Go to the newly created folder
- Run ./install.sh
For additional steps with installing the software, please visit our page about Monitor software installation.
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. Installation instructions can be found on those sites accordingly. However after getting it up and running, there is no appreciable difference between a cloud server and software installation. After the cloud server installation, OP5 Monitor can be installed using the same steps as the software installation.
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.
- 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.
In the Virtual Appliance version, the web-based system configuration tool can be used to set IP address, hostname, mail gateway, and other values. To enter the configuration tool, go to https://<op5-ip>/ (such as '172.16.1.5') and select "Configure System" from the top menu. The default password is: monitor
Configure IP address, hostname, and mail gateway as needed.
The software version does include the web-based "Configure System" tool, but is limited to license management. You will need to configure the system settings such as IP address, hostname and mail gateway through Linux. (Note: This is strictly referring to the "Configure System" tool and not the "OP5 Monitor Configuration" tool that is used to configure OP5 Monitor, hosts, services, contact groups, etc.)
Additional information can be found in the manual chapter Manually from the prompt.
Prepare servers or network equipment to be monitored (or as OP5 calls them, hosts)
Before a server or network equipment can be monitored, you may require a particular agent. It can either be 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.
This can also be downloaded from op5.com or from the repository of your distribution. Our version does contain some pre-configured items. Remember to allow your OP5 Monitor server to query the agent. This is done in /etc/nrpe.conf under the allowed_hosts option.
SNMP can be used for both Windows and Linux environments. Enabling SNMP on your equipment may differ from device to device. Please see your device's manual.
Adding your first server
OP5 Monitor includes a "Host Configuration Wizard" for easy deployment and configuration of your network devices. This wizard includes pre-configured management packs for each device.
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 configuration 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."
Done at last!
Next Steps: Related Links
Now that you have completed the fundamental parts of installation, please refer to OP5 Monitor's User Guide for typical tasks, and our Administrator's Guide for the deeper parts. We provide our most updated versions online at those links.