May 27th, 2013 by zarzuelo
Four months after the latest stable version was released, the new release candidate of Pandora FMS is available and ready to be used.
More than 75 contributions since the 4.0.3 was released including:
- Several bug fixes
- A totally new HTML5 Pandora Mobile console
- New Appliance CD (CentOS)
- Lighter enviroment
- Update Manager now supports proxies
- Improved SNMP performance and compatibility
- Now GIS information calculates the distance between measures and the total distance.
- More flexible image configuration for GIS
- Improved Graphs configuration for Dashboard
- Some views were simplified and new help tips were added
- General interface improvements
CLICK HERE to download Pandora FMS 4.1 for SUSE or DEBIAN based systems, the CentOS Appliance CD or the source code so you can install it manually in your system.
Keep in mind that it’s the first Release Candidate for this new version. If you detect any malfunction or bug, please, report it to us through our bugs tracker. We do appreciate it.
We hope that you will enjoy it.
May 24th, 2013 by nil
From 4.1 the “first” Linux distro choosen for Pandora FMS has changed to CentOS. This is because several technical reasons, one of them -but not the most important- is the faulty release of OpenSUSE 12.3 flooded with critical bugs, like Net-SNMP corrupted package or the mysql-community-server installation problems. Another big reason is the powerful way to create LiveCD/Installation with CentOS.
So, next release will come with a new Live CD, with an option to install to a physical server. This will replace current SUSE Images and we will have only CentOS images in the future.
RC1 ISO Image has been uploaded to sourceforge. take a look !
May 20th, 2013 by victoria
We have just posted a new entry in Openideas wiki for those users who have doubts on how to configure alerts via e-mail. With this feature, you will easily receive alerts on any device where your mail account is configured. Therefore, you can be sure that you will receive alerts on any device you like if an unexpected change or problem occurs before they became a worse issue for your organization.
Click here to learn how to set alerts via e-mail. Check it out!
February 26th, 2013 by zarzuelo
The architecture of Pandora FMS allows to create a light software pieces called “Agents” to gather and send information of the host to the server.
The latest agent created is for Windows Phone 7. Thanks to Patricio Martínez, member of Frameworks (Ecuador), one of our certified partners. Great Work!.
With a simple configuration, the agent will report the data to the choosed server:
This agent retrieve the following data
from a Windows Phone 7 device:
- GPS coordinates
- OS Version
- Current Application Memory Usage
- Peak Memory Usage
- Memory Usage Limit per Application
- Device Manufacturer
- Device Name
- Device Firmware Version
- Device Hardware Version
- Device Total Memory
- Is Keyboard Present in Device
- Power Source
- Unique Id of the device
- Operating System Platform
- Operating System Version
Most of this data will be reported in modules, other data as the OS Version and the GPS coordinates will be stored in the Agent configuration.
The GPS coordinates
are really useful to track the device in a Pandora FMS console’s map.
You can download this Agent and a complete documentation from our Modules library.
February 22nd, 2013 by junichi
Today was the first day of ‘Open Source Conference 2o13 Tokyo/Spring’.
Although the event is named “Spring”, it is still winter in Japan. It was a cold day today. But, many people who are interested in open source software and related services in Japan joined the event. Japanese developers (including me) and team members of Pandora FMS talked with many people. Thank you!
Exhibition (Junichi, Shinichi, and Koichiro):
Seminar (presenter: Koichiro):
February 12th, 2013 by victoria
It is obvious that the Internet has become one of the main sources to learn. The Internet is plenty of video-tutorials, forums and other sources of information which help us activating our self-taught side. The learning process occurs naturally and people get advanced skills without even noticing how much they are learning. They became experts by themselves.
Last week, we ran an experiment in Artica ST. We wanted to find out how easy is to install Pandora FMS. A fifteen-year-old guy helped us with the experiment. We provided him with a computer with no OS and we sent him the link of the website of Pandora. We did not give him any further information or instructions to accomplish one mission: installing Pandora FMS in the computer.
First of all, the guy had to install an operating system in the computer, and he chose Ubuntu. Despite being the very first time he used Linux and his poor knowledge in computing, the guy handled the situation. He went to the download section in the website, he picked and installed the right version for Ubuntu and he installed all the packages required to run Pandora FMS. He did all these things with the only help of Pandora’s manual and Google. He just had one problem with MYSQL. Since the manual is conceived for system administrators, it does not explain how to install the server. So the guy had to find another way to accomplish that task.
Eventually, the guy installed the software successfully. This fifteen-year-old boy with no advanced computing skills was able to do what system administrators specialized in networking and Linux with two year training do. Although the guy did not understand what he was doing or how the whole thing works, he managed to interpret the manual’s instructions and executed every single step beyond all the expectation. That is why we state that it is very easy to install Pandora. We strongly encourage all of you to go to the download section, download the software and enjoy all the benefits of Pandora FMS.
January 31st, 2013 by junichi
“Open Source Conference 2013 Tokyo/Spring” will be held in February 22nd and 23rd. That is an event for developers, users and sponsors(companies) engaged in open source communities in Tokyo, Japan.
Japanese developers including me will be there. Pandora FMS seminar (presenter: Koichiro Kikuchi) and exhibition are planed (in Japanese). In that seminar and exhibition, we will introduce new features of Pandora FMS 4.0.3 and 5.0. For those who are interested in Pandora FMS in Japan, it’s a good chance to know details. Join the event! (free)
Click here for details. (in Japanese)
January 28th, 2013 by nil
This way to monitor, possible from 4.0.3 version, allows you to capture output from commands, different from parsing a single value or string. This module stores the information as text, but with the purpose to get the exact output of the command, not as single data. It will show you the same output format and contents as was return by the command.
An image is better than words, so:
This is the “netstat -an” command output, captured by Pandora FMS, after clicking in the special icon for command snapshot, only available when we got a multiline text -non splitted- output.
For example, just imagine you got random events on big CPU % or Memory in the server, but you never know what is happening, because when you connect the server is everything OK, so the ideal thing will have a “photo” of the system to detect what happen in specific time lapse, something like a TOP screenshot.
Why not ?
In this way, you will, the agent will generate command snapshot almost for any command (just replace “netstat….” by your command). Some useful suggestions for Unix systems are:
* top -b -n 1
* ps aux
* vmstat 1 5
* last -10
On Windows systems:
* netstat -an
* net start
You can get more technical information in our documentation.
January 25th, 2013 by zarzuelo
Last August we wrote a post about a little script to send alerts via Whatsapp to your smartphone with Pandora FMS using a WhatsAPI, a project to connect with Whatsapp with a simply scripts (We use the PHP one).
Since this moment, Whatsapp fighted with this kind of projects changing the way of authentication. We changed the script a couple of times to adapt to the new situation.
Whatsapp did it again, but this time harder.
Before, was possible to generate the password to auth with Whatsapp servers only with the device’s IMEI code. Now the password provides from the Whatsapp servers.
The solution (provided by jonnywilliamson in the WhatsAPI issues tracker) is to use another python project called Yowsup to request the password to Whatsapp server and then use it with an adapted WhatsAPI version.
I tested it and works fine. The only problem is that when you request a pass is like you install Whatsapp in another phone, so if you had installed Whatsapp previously in your phone, it will stop working without a new authentication.
Only is possible to install Whatsapp in one device simultaneously.
You can use a phone which you don’t use whatsapp or another kind of number like a Google Voice or Skype one.
The new way to use the script to send Alerts to Whatsapp:
- Fill the config.example file of Yowsup with your mobile phone.
- Request with Yowsup a confirmation code by voice mail or SMS (I tried SMS way and works)
python ./yowsup-cli -c config.example -d --requestcode voice
python ./yowsup-cli -c config.example -d --requestcode sms
- Request the Whatsapp auth password with the received number
python ./yowsup-cli -c config.example -d -R 123456
- Used the retrieved password to execute the script send_whatsapp.php (The before version was executed with the phone IMEI)
php5 send_whatsapp.php [phone_number_source] [password] [phone_number_target] [message]
All the process and necessary scripts are in our modules library more info in the original solution of the issue.
Obviously you need have python and php installed with the necessary dependences.
Whatsapp is blocking the accounts that use it to Spam. Be careful with that.