Centreon 2.4

What’s new?

Better integration with Centreon Engine and Centreon Broker

The installation process has been reviewed: it is now possible to specify the monitoring engine (Centreon Engine or Nagios) and the event broker module (Centreon Broker or NDOUtils). All you need to do right after a fresh installation is export your configuration files, then reload your monitoring engine and the monitoring system should be up and running!

This version offers the possibility to define the connectors for Centreon Engine. Obviously, you do not need to configure these connectors if you are still using Nagios.

It’s been said that Centreon Broker can be cumbersome to configure, especially if you are not familiar with its functioning. Centreon 2.4 offers a configuration wizard now!

Custom views

This new page enables users to make their own views with various widgets and they are able to share their custom views with their colleagues!

See the user guide to learn more about this feature.

Support for multiple LDAP servers

The LDAP authentication system is much more robust than before. Indeed, it is now possible to have multiple LDAP configurations on top of the failover system. The LDAP import form will let you choose the LDAP server to import from.

Make sure that all your LDAP parameters are correctly imported after an upgrade.

New autologin mechanism

A better autologin mechanism has been introduced in this version. Now using randomly generated keys, it allows you to access specific pages without being prompted for a username and a password.

Database indexes verification tool

If you upgrade from an old version of Centreon, now you can check the existence of all database indexes to ensure maximum performance

Important notes

Administration

Communication with pollers

The default system user used by Centcore to communicate with pollers has changed from nagios to centreon. See Poller for more information.

Plugins

For better performances, we advise you to use check_icmp instead of check_ping if you are in an IPv4 network, that is (check_icmp is not yet compatible with IPv6). Switching from check_ping to check_icmp should be quite simple as the plugins take the same parameters. All you have to do is change the check commands: check_centreon_ping, check_host_alive and all the commands that call check_ping.

Web interface

Autologin

A new autologin mechanism has been added in Centreon 2.4. More secured than the previous one, it will soon replace it. If you currently use this feature, we recommend upgrading to the new one as soon as you can.

Centreon Broker init script

If you are using Centreon Broker, make sure to fill the Start script for broker daemon parameter in Administration > Options > Monitoring. RRD graphs cannot be rebuilt if this parameter is omitted!

Centcore options

Two parameters have been added into the Administration > Options > Monitoring page:

  • Enable Perfdata Synchronization (Centcore)
  • Enable Logs Synchronization (Centcore)

For performance issues, these options must be disabled if your monitoring system is running with Centreon Broker.

Resource.cfg and CGI.cfg

The resource and CGI configuration objects are now specific to each monitoring poller. The values of $USERx$ macros can be different from one poller to another.

Interval length

The interval_length is now a global parameter that you have to set in Administration > Options > Monitoring, although it should be left at 60 seconds in most cases.

Centstorage

Supported data source types

Centreon Broker now supports all of the RRDtool data source types (COUNTER, GAUGE, DERIVE and ABSOLUTE). This support will not be added to Centstorage as it will soon be replaced by Centreon Broker.

See the Centreon Broker documentation to learn how you can convert your existing plugins.