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Version: 23.10

Attach a remote server to a central server


Install the remote server using packages.

Step 1: Configure a new Remote Server​

As of Centreon version 18.10, a new wizard has been added for defining a new Remote Server on the Centreon platform.

  1. Go to the Configuration > Pollers > Pollers menu and click Add to configure a new Remote Server.

  2. Select Add a Centreon Remote Server and click Next:


  3. Select the option you want:

    • If you enabled the Remote Server option when installing your server, select the option Select a Remote Server, then select your server and fill in the form:


    • Otherwise, select the Create new Remote Server option and fill in the form:


      The Database username and Database password are the credentials defined during the installation of the Remote Server.

      The Server IP address field has the following form: [(http|https)://]@IP[:(port)]. If your Remote Server is only available on HTTPS, it is mandatory to define the HTTP method and the TCP port if it is not the default one.

      The Do not check SSL certificate validation option allows you to connect to the Remote Server using a self-signed SSL certificate.

      The Do not use configured proxy to connect to this server allows you to connect to the Remote Server without using the proxy configuration of the Centreon Central server.

  4. Click Next.

  5. Select the poller(s) to be linked to this Remote Server, then click Apply:


    The wizard will configure your new server:


    The Remote Server is now configured:


  6. If you have customized the names of the databases at step 6 of the web installation wizard, carry out the following steps:

    1. Go to Configuration > Pollers > Broker configuration.

    2. Select the broker service for the remote server you want.

    3. On the Output tab, in section Output 1 - Unified SQL, update the name of the database in the DB name field (the default name is centreon_storage), then click Save.

    4. Export the configuration of the remote server.

    5. Restart cbd:

      systemctl restart cbd

    If needed, check /var/log/centreon-broker/<remote-server-name>.log for issues/errors. (In the example above, the file would be /var/log/centreon-broker/remote-server.log.)

Step 2: Enable communication​

The communication between the Central server and a Remote Server is ensured by Gorgone and can be done using ZMQ (with a Gorgone running on the Remote Server, recommended) or using SSH protocol.

  1. Select the communication type:

    Edit the newly created Remote Server configuration, and select ZMQ as Gorgone connection protocol. Define the suitable port (port 5556 is recommended).


    Click Save.

    Note that the SSH Legacy port is no longer used, and will be removed.

    If you were using it in custom scripts, consider changing to the Gorgone communication system.

  2. Copy the Gorgone configuration:

    From the poller list, click the Display Gorgone configuration action icon on the line corresponding to your Remote Server image

    A popin will show the configuration to copy into the Remote Server terminal. Click Copy to clipboard.


    Paste the content of the clipboard directly into the Remote Server terminal as it contains the following content, and will fill the right file:

    cat <<EOF > /etc/centreon-gorgone/config.d/40-gorgoned.yaml
    name: gorgoned-My Remote Server
    description: Configuration for remote server My Remote Server
    id: 3
    external_com_type: tcp
    external_com_path: "*:5556"
    - key: Np1wWwpbFD2I0MdeHWRlFx51FmlYkDRZy9JTFxkrDPI
    privkey: "/var/lib/centreon-gorgone/.keys/rsakey.priv.pem"
    pubkey: "/var/lib/centreon-gorgone/.keys/"
    - name: action
    package: gorgone::modules::core::action::hooks
    enable: true

    - name: cron
    package: "gorgone::modules::core::cron::hooks"
    enable: true
    cron: !include cron.d/*.yaml

    - name: nodes
    package: gorgone::modules::centreon::nodes::hooks
    enable: true

    - name: proxy
    package: gorgone::modules::core::proxy::hooks
    enable: true

    - name: legacycmd
    package: gorgone::modules::centreon::legacycmd::hooks
    enable: true
    cmd_file: "/var/lib/centreon/centcore.cmd"
    cache_dir: "/var/cache/centreon/"
    cache_dir_trap: "/etc/snmp/centreon_traps/"
    remote_dir: "/var/cache/centreon/config/remote-data/"

    - name: engine
    package: gorgone::modules::centreon::engine::hooks
    enable: true
    command_file: "/var/lib/centreon-engine/rw/centengine.cmd"

    - name: statistics
    package: "gorgone::modules::centreon::statistics::hooks"
    enable: true
    broker_cache_dir: "/var/cache/centreon/broker-stats/"
    - id: broker_stats
    timespec: "*/5 * * * *"
    action: BROKERSTATS
    timeout: 10
    - id: engine_stats
    timespec: "*/5 * * * *"
    action: ENGINESTATS
    timeout: 10


    Hit the Enter key for the command to be applied.

    You can copy the configuration in a custom file by copying the content from the popin.

  3. Restart the Gorgone daemon:

    From the Remote Server, run the following command to restart the Gorgone service:

    systemctl restart gorgoned

    Make sure it is started by running the following command:

    systemctl status gorgoned

    It should result as follows:

    ● gorgoned.service - Centreon Gorgone
    Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/gorgoned.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
    Active: active (running) since Wed 2020-03-24 19:45:00 CET; 6s ago
    Main PID: 30902 (perl)
    CGroup: /system.slice/gorgoned.service
    β”œβ”€30902 /usr/bin/perl /usr/bin/gorgoned --config=/etc/centreon-gorgone/config.yaml --logfile=/var/log/centreon-gorgone/gorgoned.log --severity=info
    β”œβ”€30916 gorgone-nodes
    β”œβ”€30917 gorgone-dbcleaner
    β”œβ”€30924 gorgone-proxy
    β”œβ”€30925 gorgone-proxy
    β”œβ”€30938 gorgone-proxy
    β”œβ”€30944 gorgone-proxy
    β”œβ”€30946 gorgone-proxy
    β”œβ”€30959 gorgone-engine
    β”œβ”€30966 gorgone-action
    └─30967 gorgone-legacycmd

    Mar 24 19:45:00 localhost.localdomain systemd[1]: Started Centreon Gorgone.
  4. To force the Central's Gorgone daemon to connect to the Remote Server, restart it with the following command from the Central server:

    systemctl restart gorgoned

Step 3: Export the configuration​

  1. From the poller list, select the remote server and click Export configuration.

  2. Then check the first three boxes and click Export:


  3. Finally, from the Remote Server, start/restart the collect processes:

    systemctl restart cbd centengine

    The Remote Server's Broker and Engine will then start and connect to the Central Broker.


Getting started​

Go to the Getting Started chapter to configure your first monitoring.