SSH FTP Profile

This profile monitors a UNIX File Transfer Protocol Server. FTP services are monitored remotely. Monitoring script are installed on the remote server and called from the GroundWork server using the SSH protocol. Please reference SSH document under GroundWork Profiles>SSH Profiles when using this profile.

Services Configuration
  • SERVICE - Definitions in Monarch are stored under this name.
  • COMMAND LINE - Service command name with arguments to be passed to the plugin.
  • PLUGIN COMMAND LINE - Plugin script called by Nagios for this Service.
  • EXTENDED INFO - The Extended Service Info definition, typically used for generating graphs.
    Command lines displayed below are intended to be single line commands.
    Service Command Line Plugin Command Line Extended Info
    ssh_process_proftpd check_by_ssh_process_proftpd $USER1$/check_by_ssh -H $HOSTADDRESS$ -t 60 -l "$USER17$" -C "$USER22$/check_procs -c 1:1 -a proftpd:\ (accepting" percent_graph
    tcp_ftp check_ftp!3!5 $USER1$/check_ftp -H $HOSTADDRESS$ -w "$ARG1$" -c "$ARG2$" number_graph
Profile Package

This package includes the following files:

Profile Definitions

  • service-profile-ssh-ftp.xml
  • perfconfig-ssh-ftp.xml

Plugins Scripts on the GroundWork Server

  • check_ftp
  • check_by_ssh

Plugins Scripts on the Remote Monitored Server

  • check_procs

Performance Graphing Programs

  • percent_graph.cgi
  • number_graph.cgi

Discovery Script for Network Interfaces


GroundWork Monitor includes many monitoring profiles for a variety of devices, systems and applications. Profiles already imported on a new GroundWork installation include Service Ping, SNMP Network, and SSH UNIX. The GroundWork Monitor Configuration tool is used to import updated Profiles and Profiles that require additional setup; the Profile XML file and its companion Performance Configuration definition file. Services can also be imported in addition to Service Profiles in the Profile Importer. The import process is documented under GROUNDWORK PROFILES > How to import profiles.


This section contains detail settings used by this Profile. These parameters can be altered with the Configuration tool.

Command Parameters

Command parameters are in the Configuration Services section with the following names and default values.


  • Check if the ftpd process is running.


  • Check for response from the FTP server on $HOSTADDRESS$
  • $ARG1$ - Warning threshold response time in seconds. Default is 3 seconds.
  • $ARG2$ - Critical threshold response time in seconds. Default is 5 seconds.
Performance Graphing Parameters

The following parameters are used to generate performance charts. These parameters are set using the Configuration>Performance tool in GroundWork Monitor.


  • Graphs the number of proftpd processes.
  • The Nagios® service description must contain the string "ssh_process".


  • Graphs the response time of the FTP server check.
  • Nagios® service description must contain the string "tcp_ftp".
Implementation Notes

If you are communicating to a remote host that is behind a firewall, make sure the SSH port 22 is allowed to access the remote host.

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