Frequently Asked Questions - winrpe

FAQYou may be interested in using Winrpe without SSL as the NRPE communication flows through other secure channels like vpns or port forwarders.


  • On the monitored host with Winrpe: Update file etc\xinetd.d\nrpe and add option -n to server_args parameter:

# default: on
# description: NRPE
service nrpe
flags = REUSE
port = 5666
socket_type = stream       
wait = no
user = SvcXinet
server = /bin/nrpe
server_args = -n -c /nrpe.cfg --inetd
log_on_failure += USERID
disable = no
# only_from       = <ipaddress1> <ipaddress2> ...

  • On the monitoring host: Add the option -n to your check_nrpe commands.


Winrpe can be installed silently by using the switches below:

(Pre-5.2.x) Winrpe_x.x.x_Installer.exe /u=user /p=password /S

where user/password specify the service account credentials

(5.2.x or later) Winrpe_x.x.x_Installer.exe /S

You can also specify a new installation directory by the /D switch:

Winrpe_x.x.x_Installer.exe ..... /D=C:\test\winrpe