As a system administrator, one of the key challenges is to ensure that your monitoring is efficient. In this blog post, I will explain how I structure my Zabbix monitoring to maximize efficiency and reduce unnecessary polling of metrics, while still getting the level of detail that I need on…Leave a Comment
Reduce Polling with Dependent Items and JSONPath
Using Zabbix Dependent Items and JSONPath we can significantly reduce the number of times we hit an API when monitoring the metrics it makes available to us. Most web API’s today use some sort of JSON-formatted data structure to deliver data. Dependent Items and JSONPath allow us to dig through…Leave a Comment
Zabbix 3.2 Has Arrived – And It’s Awesome!
The next major release version of Zabbix is now available! Zabbix 3.2 brings both new features and many UI and performance improvements along with it. This release introduces many improvements and added functionality. Detailed release notes are available here: Zabbix 3.2.0 Release Notes Zabbix 3.2 – Highlights Event tags for…1 Comment
Alerts Must Be Actionable
One of the primary reasons of acquiring a monitoring solution, is to receive alerts of potential issues and correct them before they become issues. A classic scenario is that you start out by checking whether your hosts are replying to ICMP ping requests. You slowly become more curious and start…Leave a Comment
Guide: Installing Zabbix 3.0 on CentOS 7
This guide covers easily installing Zabbix 3.0 on CentOS 7 with a MySQL database back-end. No fuzz, just the basics to get things up and running. Recently Zabbix 3.0 was released and with it came a ton of great new features as well as an overhaul of the web UI…12 Comments
Always use Templates, always
You’ve done it before, every Zabbix user has. You’ve added an item directly to a host and later re-created that item on another host, and then another, and another… You should’ve used templates from the beginning! Even though you’re only adding one item to one host, you might as well…Leave a Comment
Proxies: They’re good for you!
You’re monitoring many hosts at many remote locations. A link to a location dies and to you and your Zabbix Server, everything is offline at the location! Zabbix Proxies to the rescue! Zabbix Server ↔ Zabbix Proxy ↔ Host To ensure consistent data gathering, you can utilize Zabbix Proxies. Proxies…Leave a Comment