Introduction to Monitoring Connectors
As of April 2023, we're changing the name of some Centreon objects and attributes. "Monitoring Connectors" becomes the new name for Plugin Packs. We're making this change because users were often confused between two similar terms, Plugins and Plugin Packs, sometimes using one for the other. We're only changing the name! The functionalities and capabilities stay the same.
To know how to install Monitoring Connectors, you can go to the dedicated part: Monitoring Connectors installation.
A Monitoring Connector is a downloadable package containing a set of configuration templates that make it fast and easy to monitor your IT infrastructure.
The templates (commands, hosts and services templates) configure a monitoring plugin that actually executes the monitoring commands on a Centreon Poller. Plugins are not packaged with Monitoring Connectors and must be installed separately: this is explained in the monitoring procedure that comes with each Monitoring Connector. Some Monitoring Connectors also require a Connector (e.g. AS400, VMWare) or an agent (e.g. Windows NRPE).
For each type of equipment, the templates determine which indicators will be monitored and set default warning and critical thresholds. These may be fine-tuned later-on.
Some Monitoring Connectors also contain discovery rules. Discovery rules instruct the Centreon discovery engine to fetch additional assets to be monitored. Host discovery rules will look for new hosts (e.g. EC2 assets on AWS, virtual machines on VMware) while Service discovery rules will look for new services (e.g. Disk Volumes or Ethernet Interfaces on a server).
Monitoring Connectors on your Centreon platform are managed by the Monitoring Connector Manager user interface. Monitoring Connectors may be updated or new Monitoring Connectors may be added to the Centreon online library on a weekly basis. These are accessed from the Monitoring Connector Manager.
This chapter contains an up-to-date list of all Monitoring Connectors with their respective monitoring procedure. They are organized in 14 categories (Applications, Centreon, Cloud, Database, Hardware, Network, Operating System, Protocol, Sensor, Storage, ToIP-VoIP, UPS-PDU, Virtualization) and then listed alphabetically.
Here is a list of commonly used Monitoring Connectors:
- Linux SNMP
- Windows SNMP
- Windows NRPE/NSClient 0.5
- VMware virtual machines
- VMware ESX
- Cisco standard switches
- HP Procurve
- Oracle database
- Fortinet Fortigate
- Dell iDRAC
And a list of Monitoring Connectors with embedded Host Discovery providers: