About this video

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.

Style and Approach

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.

Publication date:
August 2013
Publisher
Packt
Duration
2 hours 33 minutes
ISBN
9781782165507

About the Author

  • 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 http://screenshots.debian.net/ 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 http://workaround.org/.

    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 http://pokerstrategy.com/ 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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