Zabbix Network Monitoring Essentials [Video]

Christoph Haas

Zabbix Network Monitoring Essentials [Video]
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  • New! Packt Video courses: practical screencast-based tutorials that show you how to get the job done. Bite sized chunks, hands on instructions, and powerful results.
  • Get a fast-paced tour through the essential parts of Zabbix
  • Set up your own monitoring system so Zabbix can inform you if your IT infrastructure starts misbehaving
  • Learn to make practical use of features you won’t find in the documentation
  • Look over the shoulder of an experienced system administrator and see how to use Zabbix in your daily business

Video Details

Language : English
Release Date : Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Course Length : 2 hours 33 minutes
ISBN : 1782165509
ISBN 13 : 9781782165507
Author(s) : Christoph Haas
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Networking and Servers, Video, e-Learning, Open Source

Table of Contents

  1. Quick Start [14:23 minutes]
    • Installing the Zabbix Software Appliance
    • Brief Tour through the Web Interface
    • Exploring the Dashboard

  2. Zabbix Server Installation [13:53 minutes]
    • Software Components
    • Zabbix Server Installation
    • Web Interface Preparation

  3. Getting Your First Notification [19:22 minutes]
    • Installing the Zabbix Agent on the Server
    • Adding an Item
    • Adding a Trigger
    • Adding an Action to Send an E-mail

  4. Hosts and Templates [21:09 minutes]
    • Hosts
    • Automatic Host Discovery
    • Templates
    • Maintenance Periods

  5. Items [28:31 minutes]
    • Item Parameters Explained
    • Filtering Items
    • Item History and Ad hoc Graphs
    • Adding Items Using UserParameters
    • Automatic Item Discovery
    • User Macros

  6. Triggers, Actions, and Media [26:13 minutes]
    • Triggers
    • Trigger Dependencies
    • Actions
    • Remote Commands
    • Escalations and Acknowledgments
    • Media Types

  7. Users, Screens, and Maps [29:55 minutes]
    • User Management
    • User Access Permissions
    • Screens
    • Maps
    • Displaying Data in Maps

Christoph Haas

Christoph Haas is a system administrator and web application developer with 17 years of experience in this field. He received a diploma in Computer Science and is currently leading the IT department of a software company in Hamburg, Germany. In his spare time he contributes to the open source community as a Debian developer or by working on websites like that he is currently refactoring in Ruby on Rails. Some of the most noticeable contributions are the mail server tutorials he maintains on his website

One of the most important aspects of system administration is monitoring the IT infrastructure properly. Christoph has been setting up monitoring systems all the way back to when Nagios was still called Netsaint. He even dedicated his diploma thesis to monitoring. In 2009 he replaced his last Nagios-based monitoring system and started using Zabbix in production for the large server environment running the website. He got certified for Zabbix in large environments in 2011 and has since co-maintained the Zabbix package in the Debian distribution.

I am really excited to work with Zabbix. So, a big thanks goes to Zabbix SA – the company behind the software – for providing such a great open source monitoring solution. Although it still has a few rough edges it is far superior to almost any other monitoring software in my opinion, so I wish more system administrators knew about it.

This screencast series was mainly created using Kazam, Audacity, Kdenlive, FFmpeg, and Zim.I wanted to create the videos exclusively using open source tools on Ubuntu which worked really well, so thanks to the respective authors of this software. I would also like to thank my wife and kids for their patience when I was spending endless evenings in my basement office to create this series. And an extra thanks goes to Dmitry Smirnov who co-maintains the Zabbix package in Debian with me and who I left alone with the work due to lack of time.

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What you will learn from this video course

  • Install and configure your own Zabbix server with the required database and web frontend
  • Quick start by setting up an item, a trigger, and an action to get a minimal working setup
  • Automatically monitor servers in your network by managing hosts and using automatic host discovery
  • Add items to hosts for gathering information about the servers' states. Use templates to avoid repetitive tasks
  • Learn how to zoom and pan data in the interactive graph viewer by accessing the history of monitored items
  • Add personalized items by creating user parameters if Zabbix lacks the required functionality
  • Manage triggers to identify a problem in your infrastructure. Add trigger dependencies to avoid redundant alerts
  • Set up specific actions to provide alerts to the required contacts or automatically try to fix the issue
  • Manage users and user groups to assign fine-grained control to the people that use and manage your Zabbix installation
  • Set up screens and maps to visualize the state of your network and keep track of complex infrastructures

Who this video course is for

If you're a professional system and network administrator who is responsible for the reliable operation of an IT network then this video course is for you. All you need to know is how to manage Linux systems and network services. Additional use of scripting languages such as Python, Perl, or Ruby can extend Zabbix's functionality for monitoring your own custom services.

In Detail

Isn't it embarrassing when your customers complain about your IT infrastructure? A well-managed Zabbix server informs you about any problems before they lead to noticeable outages. You can rely on Zabbix to inform the right contact about getting the issue fixed.

"Zabbix Network Monitoring Essentials" is an extensive video course that gives a complete introduction into the key features of the enterprise-grade Zabbix monitoring software. Learn how to set up your own monitoring server and leverage many useful features that are hidden in the documentation. The course starts by showing you a fresh installation of the Zabbix server. All relevant functionality will be explained step by step while going through the web interface.

First you'll learn how to gather information from your servers by using the Zabbix agent. You'll then make use of triggers to define which conditions depict actual problems and should raise an alert. Additionally you'll learn how to visualize the items and triggers in screens and maps.

By the end of the course you will have set up and learnt to manage a Zabbix server like a pro.


Packt video courses are designed to cover the breadth of the topic in short, hands-on, task-based videos. Each course is divided into short manageable sections, so you can watch the whole thing or jump to the bit you need. The focus is on practical instructions and screencasts showing you how to get the job done.

A practical video course with step-by-step instructions and an example-driven approach for setting up and monitoring your network using Zabbix.

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