Install Collectd On Ubuntu Server 13.10

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Introduction

Collectd is an open source that use to collect, transfer and store the data information of the machine and network devices.

Server Installation

Install Apache2:

apt-get update
apt-get install apache2

Install other dependencies:

apt-get install perl libconfig-general-perl librrds-perl libregexp-common-perl collectd-core libhtml-parser-perl librrd2-dev libsnmp-dev

Install collectd

apt-get install collectd

Edit main configuration file,

vi /etc/collectd/collectd.conf

with the content:

Hostname "server001"
 FQDNLookup true
 BaseDir "/var/lib/collectd"
 PIDFile "/var/run/collectd.pid"
 PluginDir "/usr/lib/collectd"
 TypesDB "/usr/share/collectd/types.db"
 Interval 10
 # Monitoring on Services
 LoadPlugin cpu
 LoadPlugin load
 LoadPlugin disk
 LoadPlugin memory
 LoadPlugin processes
 LoadPlugin swap
 LoadPlugin users
 LoadPlugin interface
 LoadPlugin rrdtool
 LoadPlugin syslog
 # Server
 LoadPlugin network
 <Plugin network>
 Listen "*" "12345"
 </Plugin>

<Plugin interface>
 Interface "eth0"
 </Plugin>

<Target "write">
 Plugin "rrdtool"
 </Target>
 <Plugin syslog>
 LogLevel info
 </Plugin>

<Plugin rrdtool>
 DataDir "/var/lib/collectd/rrd"
 </Plugin>
 Include "/etc/collectd/filters.conf"
 Include "/etc/collectd/thresholds.conf"

Restart service collectd.

service collectd restart

Download the latest version of collectd.

cd /tmp
wget http://collectd.org/files/collectd-5.4.1.tar.gz

Extract:

tar -xvf collectd-5.4.1.tar.gz

Go to folder,

cd collectd-5.4.1

Create Graphs:

cp -r /tmp/collectd-5.4.1/contrib/collection3 /var/www/
cp /tmp/collectd-5.4.1/contrib/collection.cgi /usr/lib/cgi-bin/

Change ownership:

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/collection3

Create Virtualhost,

vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/collection3.conf
with content:
 
 <VirtualHost *:80>
 ServerAdmin servers@unixmen.com
 ServerName collectd.unixmen.com
 ServerAlias www.collectd.unixmen.com
 DocumentRoot /var/www

<Directory /usr/lib/cgi-bin/>
 Options +ExecCGI
 AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
 AllowOverride All
 </Directory>

AddHandler cgi-script .cgi .pl
 ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
 CustomLog /var/log/apache2/collectd.log combined
 ScriptAlias /collection3/bin/ "/var/www/collection3/bin/"
 RewriteEngine on
 RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/collection3
 RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/collection3/share
 RewriteRule !/collection3/bin/(graph|index|json)\.cgi$ /collection3/bin/index.cgi [R=301,L]
 </VirtualHost>

Enable site and modules.

a2ensite collection3.conf
a2enmod rewrite
a2enmod cgi

Restart service apache2.

service apache2 restart

If you have the Internal DNS add it and access:

http://collectd.unixmen.com/collection3/

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Client Installation

Install update:

 apt-get update

Install Collectd:

apt-get install collectd

Edit main configuration file,

vi /etc/collectd/collectd.conf

with content:

Hostname "server002"
 FQDNLookup true
 BaseDir "/var/lib/collectd"
 PIDFile "/var/run/collectd.pid"
 PluginDir "/usr/lib/collectd"
 TypesDB "/usr/share/collectd/types.db"
 Interval 10
 #Timeout 5
 ReadThreads 5

LoadPlugin network
 <Plugin network>
 Server "collectd.unixmen.com" "12345"
 </Plugin>
 # Monitoring on Services
 LoadPlugin cpu
 LoadPlugin load
 LoadPlugin disk
 LoadPlugin df
 LoadPlugin memory
 LoadPlugin processes
 LoadPlugin swap
 LoadPlugin users
 LoadPlugin syslog

<Plugin syslog>
 LogLevel info
 </Plugin>

<Plugin rrdtool>
 DataDir "/var/lib/collectd/rrd"
 </Plugin>

Include "/etc/collectd/filters.conf"
 Include "/etc/collectd/thresholds.conf"

Restart service colletcd.

service collectd restart

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Enjoy, Add other  service or devices info for monitoring.

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