Network monitoring is one of those tedious tasks where superficiality cannot be afforded. System administrators are constantly searching for new methods and solutions that can aid them during their everyday work. Today we are going to review a book that discusses how to work with Nagios, the open source industry standard and enterprise class network and server monitoring application.
Wojciech Kocjan, the author of the book, is a professional system administrator and software engineer with over ten years of experience with high profile multinational corporations such as Motorola and IBM. Some of the fields where his expertise shines through are related to the management of Linux, Sun, and IBM servers. Right now I'm holding in my hands the author’s first book—“Learning Nagios 3.0.”
Chances are, if you are already familiar with some titles from PacktPub, then you recognize their books. This book also sports the distinctive orange-on-black cover style that characterizes Packt Publishing. The subtitle of the book tries to sum up what the book will be about: “a comprehensive configuration guide to monitor and maintain your network and systems.”
The listed cover price of the book is US$39.99, UK£24.99, EU€30.99. However, do yourself a favor and try to find certain discounts that are available from specific bookstores. For example, at the time of writing this review, there’s a 10% discount if you order a copy from PACKT Publishing. This means you can get it for £22.49, $35.99, and €27.89. Amazon also offers this ten percent discount.
The purpose of this review is to present the main qualities of the book while summarizing each chapter as briefly as possible. After these distillations, we can go over a few key points regarding the book. In the end, you can expect to learn my subjective opinion and whether or not I’d recommend this book.