How To Install Icinga on AlmaLinux 8

Install Icinga on AlmaLinux 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Icinga on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Icinga 2 is an open-source tool used for the monitoring of network resources, manage alerts and provide you assistance in order to monitor your network.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Icinga monitoring on AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

Install Icinga on AlmaLinux 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install epel-release

Step 2. Installing Icinga on AlmaLinux 8.

Now we add the Icinga repository to your system:

sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/icinga2.repo<<EOF
[icinga2]
name=Icinga 2 Repository for EPEL 8
baseurl=https://packages.icinga.com/epel/8/release
enabled=1
EOF

Next, import the Icinga GPG key:

sudo rpm --import https://packages.icinga.com/icinga.key

After that, update dnf cache:

sudo dnf clean all
sudo dnf makecache

Once the repository has been added, we can now install Icinga 2 by using dnf command:

sudo dnf install vim icinga2 icinga2-selinux icinga2-ido-mysql vim-icinga2

Next, enable Icinga 2 modules:

sudo icinga2 feature enable command ido-mysql syslog

Step 3. Installing MariaDB.

MariaDB is a popular database server. Now we install the MariaDB database server with the following command below:

sudo dnf install mariadb-server mariadb

Once the installation is complete, start to enable it to start on system start-up using:

sudo systemctl restart mariadb
sudo systemctl status mariadb
sudo systemctl enable mariadb

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each step carefully which will set a root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

mysql_secure_installation

Configure it like this:

- Set root password? [Y/n] y
- Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y
- Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] y
- Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y
- Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y

Create a MariaDB database for Icinga 2 as follows:

$ mysql -u root -p
CREATE DATABASE icinga;
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON icinga.* TO 'icinga'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-strong-passwd';
FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Next, we import Icinga 2 database:

mysql -u root -p icinga < /usr/share/icinga2-ido-mysql/schema/mysql.sql

Then, configure database access:

sudo nano /etc/icinga2/features-available/ido-mysql.conf

Add the following lines:

/**
 * The IdoMysqlConnection type implements MySQL support
 * for DB IDO.
 */

object IdoMysqlConnection "ido-mysql" {
  user = "icinga"
  password = "your-strong-passwd"
  host = "localhost"
  database = "icinga"
}

Save and close, then start and enable Icinga 2:

systemctl enable --now icinga2

Verify the status of the Icinga 2 service:

systemctl status icinga2.service

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Icinga. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Icinga monitoring server on your AlmaLinux 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Icinga website.

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