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RHN Reference en 410

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Whether youuserhnmdorsshd,you mustinstall the RedHatNetworkMonitoringDae-
public SSH key on the systems to be monitored to complete the secure connection.
To install it:

1. Navigate to the MonitoringScout Config Push page of the RHN website and
click the name of the RHN Server that will monitor the client system. The SSH
id_dsa.pub key is visible on the resulting page.

2. Copy the character string (beginning with ssh-dss and ending with the hostname
of the RHN Server).

3. On the command line of the system to be monitored, switch to the user aligned with
the daemon. This is accomplished for rhnmd with the command:

su - nocpulse

4. Paste the key character string into the ~/.ssh/authorized_keysfile for the dae-
mon’s user. For rhnmd, this is /opt/nocpulse/.ssh/authorized_keys.

If config management is enabled on the systems to be monitored, you
may deploy this file across systems using a config channel. Refer to
Section Preparing Systems for Config Management for details.

Chapter 7. Monitoring



If valid entries already exist in authorized_keys, add the daemon key to the
file rather than replacing the existing key. To do so, save the copied text to
id_dsa.pub in the same .ssh/ directory and then run the following command:
cat ~/.ssh/id_dsa.pub >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys.

5. Finally, ensure the .ssh/ directory and authorized_keys file have the appro-
priate permissions set. This can be done as the daemon’s user with the following

chmod 700 ~/.ssh
chmod 600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

Once the key is in place and accessible, all probes that require it should allow ssh con-
nections between the Monitoring infrastructure and the monitored system. You may then
schedule probes requiring the monitoring daemon to run against the newly configured sys-

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