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Zabbix 1.8 Network Monitoring

Rihards Olups

Monitor your network hardware, servers, and web performance effectively and efficiently
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847197689
Paperback428 pages

About This Book

  • Start with the very basics of Zabbix, an enterprise-class open source network monitoring solution, and move up to more advanced tasks later
  • Efficiently manage your hosts, users, and permissions
  • Get alerts and react to changes in monitored parameters by sending out e-mails, SMSs, or even execute commands on remote machines
  • In-depth coverage for both beginners and advanced users with plenty of practical, working examples and clear explanations

Who This Book Is For

This book assumes no experience with Zabbix and minimal experience with Linux. Knowledge provided by this book, will be useful if:

  • you are responsible for managing in-house IT infrastructure such as network hardware, servers, and web pages
  • you are responsible for managing non-IT infrastructure that provides data such as temperature, flow, and other readings
  • you have clients with strict accessibility requirements and want to monitor hardware that provides services to them
  • you are a system administrator who wants to monitor the network hardware, servers, and web performance

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Zabbix
First steps in monitoring
Zabbix features and architecture
Getting the source
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
The Web frontend
Chapter 2: Getting Your First Notification
Exploring the frontend
Monitoring quickstart
Information flow in Zabbix
Let's create some load
Basic item configuration
Chapter 3: Monitoring with Zabbix Agents and Basic Protocols
Using Zabbix agent
Simple checks
Tying it all together
Chapter 4: Monitoring SNMP and IPMI Devices
Simple Network Management Protocol
Intelligent Platform Management Interface
Chapter 5: Managing Hosts, Users, and Permissions
Host and host groups
Users, user groups, and permissions
Chapter 6: Acting Upon Monitored Conditions
Chapter 7: Simplifying Complex Configuration with Templates
Identifying template candidates
Creating a template
Linking templates to hosts
Using multiple templates
Nested templates
Chapter 8: Visualizing the Data
Visualize what?
Single elements
Compound elements
Showing data on a big display
Chapter 9: Creating Reports
Simple reports
Bar reports
Chapter 10: Advanced Item Monitoring
Aggregate items
External checks
User parameters
Other methods to gather data
Chapter 11: Monitoring Windows and Web Pages
Monitoring web pages
Windows-specific monitoring
Chapter 12: Using Proxies to Monitor Remote Locations
When proxies are useful
Setting up the proxy
Monitoring a host through a proxy
Proxy benefits
Proxy reliability
Tweaking proxy configuration
Chapter 13: Working Closely with Data
Getting raw data
Diving further in the database
Using XML import/export for configuration
Chapter 14: Upgrading Zabbix
General policy
Upgrading Zabbix
Chapter 15: Taking Care of Zabbix
Internal items
Performance considerations
Who did that?
Real men make no backups

What You Will Learn

  • Monitor servers that runs on most Unix-like operating systems, including Linux, AIX, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Solaris, as well as Windows boxes
  • Use proxies to monitor remote locations
  • Visualize gathered data with graphs, pie charts, network maps, and other elements
  • Directly monitor your SNMP (v1, 2, and 3) and IPMI devices
  • Monitor any possible source of data with flexible user parameters
  • Simplify and streamline your Zabbix configuration using templates
  • Monitor your network by creating reports and charts using the built-in reporting capabilities of Zabbix
  • Learn about the best options for showing data on a large display for help desk or technical personnel

In Detail

Imagine you're celebrating the start of the weekend with Friday-night drinks with a few friends. And then suddenly your phone rings -- one of the servers you administer has gone down, and it needs to be back up before tomorrow morning. So you drag yourself back to the office, only to discover that some log files have been growing more than usual over the past few weeks and have filled up the hard drive.

While the scenario above is very simplistic, something similar has happened to most IT workers at one or another point in their careers. To avoid such situations this book will teach you to monitor your network hardware, servers, and web performance using Zabbix- an open source system monitoring and reporting solution.

The versatility of Zabbix allows monitoring virtually anything, but getting started with the new concepts can take some time. This book will take you through the most common tasks in a hands-on, step by step manner.

Zabbix is a very flexible IT monitoring suite, but not every part of it is immediately clear to new users. Following the instructions in this book should allow you to set up monitoring of various metrics on various devices, including Linux and Windows machines, SNMP devices, IPMI enabled server,s and other network attached equipment. You will learn to define conditions – such a temperature being too high or service being down – and act upon them by notifying user by email, SMS, or even restarting service. You will learn to visualize the gathered data with graphs and the various tips and tricks that are provided will help to use Zabbix more efficiently and avoid common pitfalls.

This book covers setting up Zabbix from the scratch and gradually introduces basic components of Zabbix, moving to more advanced topics later. Book's scope is based on the author's experience of working with Zabbix for many years, as well as on the questions users have asked on the Zabbix IRC channel and forums.


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