A few years ago, I wanted to try out a free network and system monitoring package so I decided to download and try to setup Nagios. Since I’m no Linux guru, though working with Linux has started to change lately, it took me quite a while to get Nagios setup and configured. After doing so, I finally realized that I had to manually edit text files on the environment, Linux, to configure host monitoring. What a monumental pain! Learning to use VI, then realizing that nano is much easier to use, but still, it took over an hour for me to figure out how to setup monitoring of a single host. As I’ve been running VMware virtualization for years now, setting up and tearing down servers is almost part of my daily life. Configuring monitoring of these servers immediately became a burden I wasn’t willing to undertake.
Then I discovered Groundwork Open Source (GWOS). What a cool package! Not to mention, they have a virtual appliance already setup and configured for free (the community edition).