Using check_by_ssh with key authentication instead of NRPE

While all of the previous recipes in this chapter show that NRPE can be very effectively tied down and secured, it may be that we require some means of authentication to a target host in order to run the appropriate Nagios plugins on it. The nrpe daemon does not require any authentication to return information about the host's state; as long as the IP addresses all match and the command is defined for running, it will return information.

If you already use SSH keys for a public key infrastructure in your network, then you may find it preferable to use the check_by_ssh plugin instead, which allows you to use public keys to authenticate with a target host before running any commands. This ...

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