[Xymon] Windows Client

Malcolm Hunter malcolm.hunter at gmx.com
Tue Jul 23 17:32:34 CEST 2013

Requiring you reverse your network model - the Xymon server needs to talk to all of the clients. This is one of the reasons we dumped Nagios.
----- Original Message -----
From: B-Art Gillis
Sent: 07/23/13 04:04 PM
To: Phil Crooker, Neil Simmonds, xymon at xymon.com
Subject: Re: [Xymon] Windows Client

Hi there,
You can always try the checkwin agent. see: http://code.google.com/p/checkwin/
When using the NSClient++ (nagios) agent, just be shure to use the NSClient++ 0.3.9 version.
I didn't had the time to adapt this check to the NSclient++ 0.4.X version but till now, checkwin is working on all our Windows server versions. (not tested on Windows 8)

From: Xymon [mailto: xymon-bounces at xymon.com ]  *On Behalf Of *Phil Crooker
 *Sent:* dinsdag 23 juli 2013 1:47
 *To:* Neil Simmonds;  xymon at xymon.com 
 *Subject:* Re: [Xymon] Windows Client
I agree, BBWin is not ideal, but it is surprisingly resilient considering it is alpha code and with all the changes in Windows...
One way would be to put up some funding - maybe someone is willing to put in the work. I'd be happy to contribute (monetarily that is - I, too, am no programmer). We have a big 'investment' in xymon and it would be great if the windows side was strengthened.
BTW, I have been using BBWin 0.13 on both 2008R2 and 2012, a dozen systems so far, for a month or two in production. I think there was a problem once (on a system with *huge* logging) where we have to restart BBWin but otherwise it has been stable. It just takes (at times considerable) patience to work out the foibles.

From: Xymon on behalf of Neil Simmonds
 *Sent:* Monday, 22 July 2013 10:50 PM
 *To:* Phil Crooker;  xymon at xymon.com 
 *Subject:* [Xymon] Windows Client
I know this has probably come up before but does anyone know if there is an alternative Windows client to BBWin that actually works. I’ve got problems with both 0.12 and 0.13 versions of the client.
0.12 doesn’t seem to work on Windows Server 2008 and 0.13 has a memory leak. This issue has been recently raised on the BBWin sourceforge big list and the reply was, 0.13 is mostly just a port from VS 2008 to VS2010. I don't have the time to spend on improving it and to be honest it's probably not worth spending the time. We really need a client developed on C# so that it can take advantage of .NET's capabilities of hooking into the OS much more cleanly.
I appreciate that this is open source software and as such I don’t expect people to jump on it and fix it, however it appears that BBWin may not be fit for purpose in the near future. I’ve looked at MrBig and WinPSClient but MrBig seems to have no one maintaining the code and WinPSClient hasn’t been changed in 2 ¼ years.
Is anyone aware of any other options or has anyone considered perhaps writing something? I’d look into it myself but I’m not a programmer so although my VBScript and Shell script abilities are reasonable I wouldn’t really be comfortable attempting something like this even though I have started to look at learning C#.
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