Occasionally NEMS gets mentioned in publications or podcasts. Here's my list of the times I've caught it. If you know of others, please let me know in the Community Forum.
The MagPi Magazine is the official Raspberry Pi magazine. On August 23rd I noted a significant spike in our number of active servers, and then the next day the spike continued almost straight up on my deployment check-in graphs. I figured someone must have linked to us, so I did a quick Google search and was pleasantly surprised to see The MagPi was linking to NEMS Linux!
"While the Pi was developed with educational abilities in mind, many of its features make it very well suited for these high-level applications. With the hardware, you need software though, and NEMS Linux is one solution for this."
In the episode, Robbie takes you through obtaining NEMS Linux, installing it on a Raspberry Pi 3, first boot, initialization, configuration of the Nagios server, creation of a host, and what happens when a host goes down. This is an excellent introduction to NEMS Linux, staying away from more complicated features and simply focusing on the initial out-of-the-box experience.
Nagios Enterprises selected Robbie Ferguson (the creator of NEMS Linux) for their community feature.
"We loved hearing about his creative Nagios projects, as well as his use of Nagios to help monitor the equipment needed to run the show."
In the article, Robbie details how NEMS Linux came to be, how he uses it personally, and the future plans for the NEMS project.
The IT Nerd posted a blog post recommending NEMS Linux.
"If you’re responsible for a network, or you have a strange network issue, I’d suggest grabbing a Raspberry Pi and a copy of NEMS. From my experience, you’ll understand what is going on when it comes to what’s on your network, which will allow you to better manage and troubleshoot it."
ADMIN Magazine published an article by Rick Haltermon about NEMS 1.2 for Issue # 41 (December/January). The front cover of the magazine also highlights the NEMS feature.
In the article, NEMS is introduced as "a fully configured open source Nagios distribution made for easy deployment on affordable hardware." The author takes the reader through the initial setup of NEMS Linux.
The author wraps up by complimenting the support I provide for NEMS Linux, saying "I have contacted the developer of NEMS a few times over the last 18 months, and the replies have always been quick and accurate."
Lucas J. Hall wrote a nice blog post reviewing NEMS Linux.
Lucas writes, "NEMS bundles a lot of great features that use the Nagos Core, and it can be a simple box preforming check_pings or it can be as robust as nagios NRPE can get- that's up to you." He also boasts that he had NEMS up and running within and hour, performing check on his network on no more than $65 worth of hardware. NEMS truly shows itself to be an affordable Nagios solution.
The host explains part of the appeal of NEMS verses a do-it-yourself approach to deploying Nagios on a Raspberry Pi: "You go to a browser and you go to the IP of the device. It's got a beautiful interface on top of it, which I think is specific to NEMS." - and that it is. He goes on, after explaining how he bought a Pi 2 specifically to run Nagios but found the setup to be daunting, "This is what I've been looking for for nearly a year: Just an out of the box solution for putting Nagios on your Raspberry Pi ... BOOM, done."
Under the terms of the CC-BY-SA license under which they release their show, I've archived the sound bite and you can listen here.
In the episode, the hosts discuss not only the basics of what Nagios is (and even how to pronounce it) but how to obtain and deploy the legacy 1.1 release of NEMS Linux, getting a "ready to use" Nagios deployment on a Raspberry Pi 3.
"Because an enterprise monitoring service is going to help you and your IT department to figure out what assets are having trouble; what assets are running great. To have a dashboard—an overview—to be able to see what's going on on your network... I use the 'hard drive space is low' on the server for example, or maybe the backup drive is almost out of space... you need to know these things, but you may not go around to every computer and figure it out. So using something like Nagios, you're going to be able to monitor these things."