Welcome!

PHP Authors: Liz McMillan, Carmen Gonzalez, Hovhannes Avoyan, Lori MacVittie, Trevor Parsons

Blog Feed Post

How to install Monitis Agents in bulk using Chef

What is Chef?

With Chef, you write abstract definitions as source code to describe how you want each part of your infrastructure to be built, and then apply those descriptions to individual servers. The result is a fully automated infrastructure: when a new server comes online, the only thing you have to do is instruct Chef what role it should play in your architecture.

Now you can use Chef for deploying, updating and removing Monitis agent as well.

 

The following manual assumes that you already have configured, and are running, Chef infrastructure, so we will not discuss Chef installation and configuration procedures here, especially since it is wonderfully documented and easily referenced here !

 

The current version of Monitis Cookbook is tested on following operating systems:

- Debian 6.0.1 x86-64 bit

- Ubuntu 12.04 x86-64 bit

- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 x86-64 bit

- CentOS 6.2 x86-64 bit

- Fedora 17 x86-64 bit

- openSUSE 12.2 x86-64 bit

- Windows XP x86 bit

- Windows 7 x86-64 bit

- Windows Server 2003 64 bit

- Windows Server 2008 64 bit

 

There are 3 recipes:

install – Installs and configures Monitis monitoring Agent if not installed

update – Uninstalls and installs latest version of Monitis monitoring Agent

uninstall – Uninstalls Monitis monitoring Agent

 

Monitis cookbook installation is extremely easy and contains the following steps:

1. Installing from tarball

            wget https://github.com/monitisexchange/monitis-chef-deployment/archive/master.zip

  • Extract the cookbook tarball.

unzip master.zip

  • Copy cookbook to chef cookbook folder

            cp -r monitis-chef-deployment-master /var/chef/cookbooks/monitis

  • Upload the cookbook to theChef Server. Use knife cookbook upload sub-command. There is no difference in its use for Open Source Chef Server, Hosted Chef or Private Chef.

knife cookbook upload monitis

 

2. Installing from GITHub

  • Download the cookbook from here GITHub

            git clone git://github.com/monitisexchange/monitis-chef-deployment.git

  • Upload the cookbook to theChef Server. Use knife cookbook upload sub-command. There is no difference in its use for Open Source Chef Server, Hosted Chef or Private Chef.

knife cookbook upload monitis

 

Now Monitis cookbook is installed and available in chef server, you can test and see it under the cookbooks section of chef WUI :

chef installation

 

Before it can be used, you need to first set some attributes: installation directory and monitis username

 

You can set these attributes via Chef WUI, or by editing the cookbook template directly. If you have enough experience to edit cookbook, you probably won’t need to read this manual any more!

 

Below we illustrate how to configure Monitis agent using Chef WUI.

 

Setting Attributes

Attributes can be set in different levels:

1      Node level

2      Role Level

 

Generally you will not want to set attributes on node level, as you will then have to do this for every node separately. So we recommend always setting these attributes on Role level. (One for all)

 

For setting up attributes on Role level we will need :

 

Login to the Management Console and navigate to the Roles tab.

setup attributes in chef

 

 

Click Create on the sub navigation bar.

Give the role a name and an optional description.

To add a recipe to the role, drag it from “Available Recipes” to “Run List”.

add recipe to the role

1. click “json” -> 2. “Default” from the “Default and Override Attributes” tree on the bottom left.

3. check “Autodetect type of attribute” checkbox

4. enter {“MONITIS”:{“USEREMAIL”:”[email protected]“,”PASSWORD”:”YOUR_MD5_PASSWORD”}}

5. click “Add Attribute”.

adding attribute to chef

6) Click “Create Role” to save the new role.

 

Voila! You are set up and ready to use Monitis cookbook and from now on you can install Monitis agent on thousands of hosts using a single click.

 

Share Now:del.icio.usDiggFacebookLinkedInBlinkListDZoneGoogle BookmarksRedditStumbleUponTwitterRSS

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Hovhannes Avoyan

Hovhannes Avoyan is the CEO of PicsArt, Inc.,

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Every organization is facing their own Digital Transformation as they attempt to stay ahead of the competition, or worse, just keep up. Each new opportunity, whether embracing machine learning, IoT, or a cloud migration, seems to bring new development, deployment, and management models. The results are more diverse and federated computing models than any time in our history.
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...