Back up the entire system

  • You can easily back up everything unique about your GroundWork installation with the process described in System Back up Restore.
  • Whenever you are about to upgrade to new versions, add connectors, or otherwise adjust the system as a whole, we suggest you do this.
  • It does take monitoring offline for a few minutes, so please ensure you have the redundancy you need in place to ensure continuity. You can also backup and restore just the databases, but this is not all-inclusive and can possibly lead to data loss, depending on what changes in between. 
  • Since you can only restore to the exact same version you back up, keep a copy of the prior release installer on disk in case you need it. Then you can restore to the prior version by removing the old containers and volumes, re-installing the old version, and restoring the backup you made.  

Back up Nagios Monitoring configuration

  • Back up the Nagios Monitoring configuration using the user interface. Always create a backup prior to making changes to the Nagios configuration to ensure changes can be easily recovered if necessary.
  • Each time you implement a change, a backup is automatically created, but in this case the change is already in place in the database. We recommend doing a backup before starting a working session, just to be sure. 
  • Use annotations on your backups. The backup page lets you add text to make it easy to identify which dated backup is which. You may wish to use a convention, as you might for comments when you commit code to a repository, for example. 
  • To make a volitional back up, navigate to Configuration > Nagios Monitoring > Control > Backup and restore. Adding a note to identify the backup can be helpful if you need to restore, additionally locking a backup avoids eventual automatic deletion. See Configuration Backup and Restore.

Use GDMA Monitoring

  • We have not changed the open nature of the GroundWork Distributed Monitoring Agent (GDMA Monitoring). It is still all laid out in a clear file structure that is familiar to those used to working with GroundWork servers and agents. You should use it to make the most of GroundWork, by distributing the monitoring workload out to the monitored servers, including Windows™, Linux, and other platforms. 
  • Use the GDMA auto-setup feature to fully automate the detection and monitoring of all the resources on your systems and to make it simpler to adjust thresholds on service checks you configure in the user interface.  

Tell us what plugins you add

  • Many Nagios and Nagios-compatible plugins can be run from GroundWork out of the box, but we recognize we don't have every possible plugin loaded. If you do find you need to add some, you can copy them into the Nagios container, and even add any missing packages with entrypoint scripts. Let us know what you do add by filing a support request, and we will make them available natively if it makes sense, or at the least add your dependencies to the next release. 
  • If you prefer to add your own dependencies, or your requirements go beyond what is easily containerized, then you can always use GDMA. The file structure is clean and open in the GDMA package, and is easy to add to, customize, and use for specialized monitoring.

Don't stop some of the containers

  • You might think it doesn't matter that some of the containers are not running, and be tempted to stop them to save on CPU or RAM. This isn't a good idea - pretty much all the containers are there for good reason, and there's a lot of inter-dependency. You can, however, not install the Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, FileBeat and curator containers by de-selecting them in the installer user interface on clean installs. If you want to stop using these containers in your upgraded systems, please contact support for instructions and we will help you get them deactivated in a supportable way. 
  • If you are otherwise having resource constraints, please let us know by submitting a support request in GroundWork Support, and we'll help you tune the system as needed.
  • In general you may find you need more disk and RAM than you did in GroundWork 7.x to work properly, please see the System Requirements page for details.