Announced Nagios certifications

So I logged on the site and tried the demo and to my disappointment it failed to work with my Linux Laptop , so I thought it was an issue with my system , so I contacted the test centre , I got a prompt reply but it wasn’t something i was expecting considering the exam I was planning for :

“Unfortunately our system is not compatible with Linux based operating systems at this time. We do however, offer support with Windows and Mac computers.”

So , when trying to test a Linux based application you are not supporting access from a Linux OS ? that seemed very odd to me so I approached for clarification , and this was the answer I got:

“You are correct, at this time ProctorU does not support Linux OS’. I understand how that may seem odd, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

However, we spent a great deal of time selecting our certification proctoring partner, and eventually determined that ProctorU was able to offer the greatest overall value to our clients. Unfortunately one of the few downsides is that they do not support Linux OS’ ?

Hopefully you are able to get ahold of a Windows machine to take the certification on.”

So in essence I need to bend over backwards in order to pay money and take an exam , And work with an OS I despise ? Is it me or this sounds like a bad business planning ?

Nagios 3.4.0

The latest version of Nagios was announced yesterday  (Nagios core 3.4.0 released ), So today AikiLinux grabbed the new source code and gave it a test run.

The source code install went smooth and fast with no hiccups ( considering this is and upgrade on our test system , it was to be expected , we will also do a test on a clean build ) , and we noticed a new option in the make options “make install-exfoliation” , this a an newer Web interface that is being shipped along side the classic Nagios interface , and you have the option to install one or the other as they overwrite the html/stylesheets/  and  html/images/  under  /usr/local/nagios/share/ .

It will remain to see which UI the packagers will use when providing the packages , the provided spec file does not specify which UI to use so if you build the package on your own , and want to use the newer UI , you’ll need to watch out for that .

An issue that still remains since 3.0.6 is the refresh page , when viewing a page and hitting the F5 button , the interface is taking you back to the main page and not keeping it’s position in the nagios CGI display , this is happening due to the PHP/HTML integration in the web UI and is easily fixable by a simple coded insertion how do I refresh Nagios and stay on the current page

More testing and reviews to come later.