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Monitoring Microsoft SNDS Status

If you operate a mail server, you should be aware of its “reputation,” because a bad reputation can give you issues sending email to certain recipients.

Microsoft operate a set of services called “Smart Network Data Services (SNDS)” to protect their own email services. If they see spam or other “malicious” activity from your address space, they might put you on a blacklist, and based on that reject email from you. It is easy to register yourself so that you can query the status of your IP address space. Just visit the above site and get started.

I created a quick’n’dirty monitoring script for Nagios to monitor the status of my IP address space in SNDS. Whenever there is data for one of my IP addresses, this script will return a WARNING status, so that I can look into it.

The script looks like follows:



content="$(curl -s $URL)"

if [ $size -gt 0 ]; then
    echo "WARNING:SNDS status seems to be UNHEALTHY"
    exit 1

echo "OK:SNDS status is OK"
exit 0

You also need command and service definitions in Nagios as follows:

define command{
        command_name    check_snds
        command_line    /usr/local/lib/nagios/plugins/check_snds

define service {
        host_name                       my_host
        service_description             SNDS
        check_command                   check_snds
        use                             generic-service-internal
        notification_interval           0 ; set > 0 if you want to be renotified

Now, Nagios will monitor the “reputation” of your address space for you.

Monitor DrayTek Vigor 130 Line Status

I recently got myself a new DSL modem, namely a DrayTek Vigor 130, as I switched from ADSL2 to VDSL2-Vectoring, so that I couldn’t use my Allnet ALL0333CJ Rev. C any longer.

As I monitor about everything (just kidding) with Nagios, I certainly wanted to implement a check of the modem’s line status.

Here’s what I came up with:

# ARG1: community
define command{
        command_name    snmp_modem_status
        command_line    /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_snmp -H '$HOSTADDRESS$' -C '$ARG1$' -o SNMPv2-SMI::transmission. -P 2c -r "53 48 4F 57 54 49 4D 45"
define host {
        host_name       dslmodem
        use             generic-host-internal
        parents         gw

Nagios is running on my intranet server. The next hop when seen from Nagios is my Internet gateway (host “gw”, my router), and from there the next hop is the DSL modem (host “dslmodem.”)

Hope this helps someone… If it does please leave a quick message here in this blog, thanks…

Nagios check for Avira AntiVirus definitions

I wrapped up a quick script to check whether my Avira AntiVirus definitions are current. Since it might be useful to other people I thought I’d just publish it here:


YOUNGEST_FILE=$(ls -tr /usr/lib/AntiVir/guard/*.vdf|tail -1)

WARN=$((${WARN:=3} * 86400))
CRIT=$((${CRIT:=7} * 86400))

function age() {
   local filename=$1
   local changed=`stat -c %Y "$filename"`
   local now=`date +%s`
   local elapsed

   let elapsed=now-changed
   echo $elapsed


if [ $FILEAGE -gt $CRIT ]; then
    echo "CRITICAL - Youngest file is $FILEAGE sec old"
    exit 2
elif [ $FILEAGE -gt $WARN ]; then
    echo "WARNING - Youngest file is $FILEAGE sec old"
    exit 1
    echo "OK - Youngest file is $FILEAGE sec old"

The default (if you don’t supply any command-line parms) is to warn if the youngest of all virus definition files is older than 3 days, and a critical alert will be triggered if it is older than 7 days. If you supply only one parm it will change the number of days until a warning is triggered, and if you also supply the second parm it will also change the days for a critical alert.

I hope this is useful for someone!