Does Nagios *require* a user 'nagios'?


Hi all, just looking at setting up Nagios to monitor our environment, I work as part of a bank and there are various bits of red tape in terms of getting users set-up etc. So, can I use an existing user in place of ‘nagios’? and a different group in place of ‘nagioscmd’?

If so what are the implications of doing this? I’ve not installed Nagios anywhere before so help greatly appreciated. Many thanks,



It will be ok only if you change the name at all required areas.


it will be probably time consuming changing username in all required areas rather create default user nagios with strong passwrod