Manage NethServer Subscription clients

  • Monitor the machine using Collectd and route notifications to a remote server
  • Collect and send server informations to a remote server
  • Download and install RPM updates automatically by configuring YUM repositories and nethserver-yum-cron


Configuration is stored inside the configuration database under the subscription key.


  • AlertsUrl: URL used to send alerts and heartbeat
  • AlertsAutoUpdates: if set to enabled, custom alerts will be downloaded each night from AlertsAutoUpdatesUrl.
  • AlertsAutoUpdatesUrl: URL used to fetch custom alerts database
  • ApiUrl: URL called from the UI to retrieve subscription plan informations
  • InventoryUrl: API endpoint where the data are sent
  • NsRelease: exact NethServer release request to mirrorlist
  • Secret: sysem secret key generated by Dartagnan (
  • PricingUrl: URL used from the UI to access the subscription plans
  • SystemId: system unique id
  • SiteUrl: Product website URL
  • DocsUrl: Product documentation URL
  • HelpdeskUrl: Product helpdesk URL
  • ExtraRepositories: Enable extra repositories in the subscription (comma separated : nethforge,repoA,repoB).




  • NethServer Subscriptions (by Nethesis) – run

    config setprop subscription AlertsUrl
    config delprop subscription AlertsAutoUpdatesUrl
    config setprop subscription InventoryUrl
    signal-event nethserver-subscription-update
  • NethServer Enterprise partner program (by Nethesis) – run

    config setprop subscription AlertsUrl
    config setprop subscription AlertsAutoUpdatesUrl
    config setprop subscription InventoryUrl
    signal-event nethserver-subscription-update

YUM repositories

Once NethServer Subscriptions is activated, YUM configuration is changed to contact the subscribed repositories. Every night the list of enabled repositores will be reset to meet the subscription requirements.

The /etc/e-smith/events/actions/nethserver-subscription-eorepo action configures YUM repositories based on subscription. The behavior of the script can be changed using /etc/nethserver/eorepo.conf file which may contain the list of repositories to be enabled.

Restore original NethServer repositories

To revert the system configuration to its initial state and use the original NethServer repositories run

config setprop subscription SystemId '' Secret ''
signal-event software-repos-save

Enable extra repositories in subscription

If you need to enable an extra repository like NethForge, you can do it by the command line

config setprop subscription ExtraRepositories nethforge
signal-event software-repos-save

The list of repositories (comma separated : nethforge,repoA,repoB) must match a valid repository definition list in /etc/yum.repos.d. Beware it is case sensitive.


  • nethserver-subscription-update standard update event; it runs on new installation and subsequent updates
  • nethserver-subscription-save runs when the registration token is set from the UI, altering the YUM repository configuration
  • restore-yumrepos runs during pre-restore-config event. Actions and templates bound to it run in a temporary environment where the configuration DB is extracted from the configuration backup and temporarily applied to the system. It occurs before automatic installation of packages from the backup set. It is the point where the YUM configuration is restored to make subscribed repositories immediately available.


Collectd listens for notification on a well known socket: /var/run/collectd.sock.

Notifications can be generated by Collectd thresholds, cron jobs or even external daemons like NMS.

Collectd thresholds

You can trigger an alarm named testalarm from command line:

echo -e "PUTNOTIF host=$(hostname) type=custom type_instance=testalarm severity=failure time=$(date +%s) message=\"$1 FAILURE\"" | nc -U /var/run/collectd.sock &>/dev/null

You can also resolve the above alarm:

echo -e "PUTNOTIF host=$(hostname) type=custom type_instance=testalarm severity=okay time=$(date +%s) message=\"$1 OK\"" | nc -U /var/run/collectd.sock &>/dev/null

Adding a threshold configuration

Create a /etc/collectd.d/threshold.conf template fragment using collectd threshold syntax. Enjoy collectd docs here

Collectd python plugin

The file implements a Collectd plugin. The plugin dispatches each notification to remote Dartagnan instance. If the remote Dartagnan instance is not available, the plugin will save the notifications inside a local queue and will retry to resend them later.

Plugin options (inside /etc/collectd.d/threshold.conf):

  • api_url URL where alerts will be dispatched
  • lk: System ID
  • secret: (optional) if set, the secret will be used as authorization token
  • debug: enable the debug, can be yes or no. Default to no

NethServer Monitor Services (NMS)

NMS is a python daemon which monitor the status of all services registered inside the configuration db. Each service is checked every 300 seconds, if the status of a service changes, NMS writes a notification to Collectd socket.


The inventory uses the facter software, from puppet ( Facter collects a standard set of informations (like CPU model, runing kernel, etc.) but the system also gather some custom facts.

Custom facts

Scripts for custom facts are inside /opt/puppetlabs/puppet/lib/ruby/2.1.0/facter/ directory. Each package can register a new custom fact, but this packages always provides the following:

  • rpms, list of installed RPMs
  • raid, RAID configuration
  • templates_custom, list of configured template custom wihout content
  • arp_macs, number of network devices
  • users, list of configured users
  • backup, info about backup status
  • esmithdb, all esmith databases, password values are replaced with ***

Sending the inventory

Make sure that SystemId property under subscription key is already set. If the Secret property is set, it will be used as authorization token when sending the inventory.

The inventory will be sent every day using cron. If you want to manually send the inventory, use the following command: