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Mastering Zabbix

Andrea Dalle Vacche, Stefano Kewan Lee

Learn how to refine and organize your IT monitoring systems using your existing working knowledge of Zabbix. This step-by-step tutorial will help you unleash the full capabilities of the system.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783283491
Paperback358 pages

About This Book

  • Create the perfect monitoring configuration based on your specific needs
  • Extract reports and visualizations from your data
  • Integrate monitoring data with other systems in your environment
  • Learn the advanced techniques of Zabbix to monitor networks and performances in large environments

Who This Book Is For

If you are a system administrator or an IT architect and want to know how to better integrate your Zabbix installation with your surrounding environment, this book is ideal for you. A basic, working knowledge of Zabbix is assumed, so that the book can focus on how to take full advantage of every component. The code in the later chapter will be explained in its functionality, but basic programming skills are assumed as well.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Deploying Zabbix
Defining the environment size
Zabbix architectures
Chapter 2: Distributed Monitoring
Zabbix proxies
Zabbix nodes
Proxies versus nodes
Security considerations
Chapter 3: High Availability and Failover
Understanding high availability
Understanding the levels of IT service
Some consideration about high availability
Implementing high availability on a web server
Configuring the Zabbix Server for high availability
Database high availability
Chapter 4: Collecting Data
Gathering items as raw data
Understanding the data flow for Zabbix items
Database monitoring with Zabbix
Zabbix JMX monitoring
Zabbix SNMP monitoring
Web pages monitoring
Aggregated and calculated items
Chapter 5: Visualizing Data
Visualizing the data through maps
Visualizing through screens
Visualizing the data through a slide show
Controlling centre slides and the big display challenge
IT services
Chapter 6: Managing Alerts
Understanding trigger expressions
Managing the trigger dependencies
Taking action
Chapter 7: Managing Templates
Creating templates
Adding entities to a template
Linking templates to hosts
Discovering hosts
Low-level discovery
Chapter 8: Handling External Scripts
External checks
The UserParameter
Sending data using zabbix_sender
Working with Zabbix protocols
Communicating with Zabbix
Chapter 9: Extending Zabbix
Exploring the Zabbix API
Synchronizing templates across different nodes
Mass operations
Exporting data
Chapter 10: Integrating Zabbix
An overview of Request Tracker
Setting up RT to better integrate with Zabbix
Setting up Zabbix to integrate with Request Tracker
Creating RT tickets from the Zabbix events

What You Will Learn

  • Integrate Zabbix in your large or complex environment
  • Establish a distributed monitoring solution
  • Set up Zabbix and its database in a High Availability configuration
  • Collect data from a variety of monitoring objects
  • Organize your data into graphs, charts, and maps
  • Build intelligent triggers and alarms to monitor you network
  • Write scripts to create custom monitoring probes
  • Understand Zabbix's database scheme and harvest data from it
  • Automate procedures using Zabbix's API

In Detail

Monitoring systems are a crucial part of any IT environment. They can be extremely useful not only to identify specific problems, but also to measure your system’s performance and find the best way to improve it. However, they can be misleading and confusing if not correctly configured and managed. False alarms and missing data can undermine a monitoring system's contribution to a healthy IT department. Zabbix 2.2 allows you to customize and implement ideas by extending, adding, or customizing functionality, giving an added value to that technology.

This comprehensive guide will help you to make both strategic and practical decisions about the Zabbix monitoring system, so that it will fit your environment and monitoring needs like a glove. From choosing the correct size and configurationto what you should actually monitor, including exporting and integrating your data with other systems, this book will leave you with no doubts about the crucial role of a well configured monitoring system.

Introducing you to methods to configure and choose between high availability and distributed Zabbix architectures for your largeenvironment, this guide will proceed to show you how to gather monitoring data, visualize, and act on it. Next, the guide explores how you can extend Zabbix and connect it to trouble ticketing systems or data mining solutions. You will also learn how to choose the ideal database backend, monitor appliances that only talk SNMP and application servers that talk JMX, and organize your charts and maps in screens that can be visualized on big screens. It shows you how to leverage Zabbix's discovery capabilities to track your ever changing environment and build complex, intelligent alarms that won't distract you with trivial problems. Finally, you will learn to expand Zabbix's capabilities through its scripting facilities, protocol and powerful API.


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