Zabbix screencast: The basics

In my very first Zabbix screencast I am explaining the basic concepts of the Zabbix monitoring software. Learn about the dashboard, hosts, items, triggers, actions and graphs. This is a brief walkthrough. In further screencasts I will give a more in-depth view into Zabbix’s cool features.

20 thoughts on “Zabbix screencast: The basics

  • 2012-06-19 at 10:08
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    Thank you for that hint. I tested the new Zabbix 2.0 package on the server that workaround.org runs on and the Apache conf broke all URL paths starting with /zabbix. 🙂 It's fixed now.

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  • 2012-09-11 at 09:49
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    i am trying to draw my network map and wanted to see which link is okay and which link is down by changing its color. i need some ones step by step procedure help, and besides this …i m facing another problem ,its like ..if i add any elemnts in the basic map page..i cannt see anything untill i go to the monitoring map page …anyone can have any suggestions for this problem to solve

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    • 2012-09-11 at 10:25
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      Good idea – I think I'll deal with the maps editor in another screencast. I owe doing one anyway.

      Setting up links between icons and coloring them is pretty easy if you know how to. Just keep "Ctrl" pressed and click on two icons on the map to highlight both. Then you can add a "Link". The popup window gives you several options. One is to connect a link to a trigger. I use that for a map that shows problems with the VPNs between different locations. If a VPN is down then the link is shown red.

      Regarding your display problem I can't really say much. Perhaps you can create a tiny screencast what you try to do and what happens.

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      • 2012-09-11 at 10:57
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        wow…then i am waiting for your “maps editor -screencast”….
        one more suggestion if i can share ,i will be grateful,Is there anything we have to deal with SNMP mibbs or something like that while we are going to check live map (i mean to check the live host /link /some other netwrok equipments up/down ) . And of course, I would like to give you thanks for your kind,quick and informative reply.Eagerly waiting for your coming screencast.

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        • 2012-09-11 at 11:08
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          Well, nothing special actually about SNMP. You need to declare the "items" so that SNMP information is pulled into Zabbix. Then you will define "triggers" to tell Zabbix when a certain value of an item is not within the wanted range (e.g. temperature of a server is too high). And then you can use that "trigger" in your "map".

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          • 2012-09-11 at 11:35
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            thanks a lot… i hope i will get more information about SNMP in your coming mapping editor-screencast…
            Is there any expected date like when ur mapping editor-screencast will be available in here.

          • 2012-09-11 at 11:39
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            My priorisation skills suck a lot. So I'd say some time this decade. Hopefully. 🙂 I'd say: don't wait for it.

          • 2012-09-12 at 09:48
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            hi,i solved the problem about not seeing any element icon in the map while we are adding them. It actually requires updated web browser,like before i was using IE, but now i am using mozilla …so everything works fine 🙂
            one confusion still i have, like if i add two device by a link in map in zabbix 2, do i need to add trigger for both devices …because my intention is to check only the link is up/down

          • 2012-09-12 at 09:50
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            You can assign a trigger to a link. Just look around in the configuration popup and it should start to make sense.

            As a matter of facts yesterday evening I started working on the screencast about maps. If everything works out perhaps I'm successful in getting it online today. A man can dream…

          • 2012-09-12 at 10:03
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            thank u very much. waiting for your screen cast then…and,as you said..to click the link and add a trigger there…but unfortunately in link ,nothing comes to add or remove…but ,now those hosts are connected by this link,in their config popup menu …a new items added called “edit element links” .Do i need to add trigger in both hosts for ping to check link is up/down

          • 2012-09-12 at 10:09
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            To assign a trigger to the link you need to click on of the connected hosts and then at the bottom of the configuration popup you can add a trigger.

          • 2012-09-12 at 11:08
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            its working well now .. but i will match it with your coming screencast 🙂

          • 2012-09-12 at 15:23
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            if u kindly attach one snmp setup example,it will be also more helpful for us. 🙂

  • 2012-09-14 at 09:28
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    a lot of things get easy after watching part1:basics,
    waiting for your screencast zabbix part2 🙂

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    • 2012-10-18 at 16:59
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      hi… acually till waiting for your second part for zabbix about how to configuring a map in there,as u said earlier, stil waiting to see this tutorial

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      • 2012-11-18 at 21:08
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        I temporarily gave up creating screencasts. But I took the time to write an article about maps. Hope you like it.

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  • 2013-02-21 at 11:52
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    Hi, thanks for the nice intro, very nice!

    So YOU are the debian package maintainer for zabbix? Great! Could you please give some hint where to find zabbix 2 packages for squeeze? I found dotdeb and some other sites, but I would like to use the most “official” one, thanks!

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    • 2014-11-10 at 17:56
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      Just want to see the screencast.

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