Sharing a few notes on how to quickly set up M/Monit with servers managed through GridPane.
Note: This is a bare-minimum integration and is meant to get a quick install up and running for testing. This post does not go in-depth on how to secure the installation or server in Step 4 below. If you’re not comfortable following the m/monit documentation here, you run the risk of an insecure installation.
1) Spin up a small VPS such as a $5/month droplet at Digital Ocean with Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS x64. Do not connect this server to GridPane. You may want to point a domain or subdomain to this IP address.
2) Connect as root and install m/monit. Check mmonit.com for the latest version number.
tar -xf mmonit-3.7.4_1-linux-x64.tar.gz
mv mmonit-3.7.4_1-linux-x64.tar.gz mmonit
3) Load your [server-ip]:8080 in a browser and log in with the default login (admin/swordfish). Go to Admin / Users and create a new primary user with a secure password. Switch to that account and then delete the default Admin user. While on the Users page, change the monit user password as well. (The monit user is a non-admin user which is used to collect data).
4) Now is a good time to change the listening port, hostname, generate an SSL certificate, and disable HTTP access. Refer to the documentation while editing conf/server.xml. You’ll then restart m/monit:
We used Let’s Encrypt to generate a certificate, however there is a known issue where m/monit looks for a key/certificate format not generated by LE which will need to be addressed (For a workaround you can concatenate privkey.pem and fullchain.pem into a single file). Update the certificate location in conf/server.xml.
5) SSH to a GridPane server that you plan to monitor and add a new file at /etc/monit/conf.d/mmonit containing the following, replacing the user, password, IP, and ports for your install (using the non-admin monit user):
set mmonit https://[username]:[password]@[server-ip]:[port]/collector
set httpd port 2812
6) Reload monit on that server:
7) Continue for remaining servers. They should all now appear in your m/monit instance.
You may now want to install Ruby and connect to Slack via webhook (Instructions)