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Zabbix server monitoring

Zabbix is a network management system created by Alexei Vladishev. It is designed to monitor and track the status of various network services, servers, and other network hardware. Zabbix uses a client/server model, where one central server collects or receives information about several clients ("clients" being servers or devices you want to monitor).


Zabbix server

The Zabbix "server" is the central server which collects information about all the other servers (the "clients"). This is usually the zabbix package in most Linux repositories. The Zabbix server package installs a web interface, database schema, etc.

Active Directory Authentication

Set up the LDAP authentication pane like this, making sure to specify a user's dn to bind as:

Once that works, all you need to do is create user accounts in Zabbix which correspond to the user's Active Directory username and the password will be verified against LDAP. You can add that user to Zabbix groups as well.

Zabbix client

The Zabbix "client" is a server which will be monitored by Zabbix. This is usually the zabbix-agent package in most Linux repositories.

The zabbix-agent for CentOS from andrew farley's repo has some problems I think, take care when upgrading. You might need to manually remove zabbix stuff from /var/log/zabbix, /usr/share/zabbix and /var/spool/mailbox/zabbix.

Active vs Passive

A Zabbix client can be "passive" or "active." If you don't know the difference, you want passive. A passive Zabbix client merely sits and listens, waiting to be periodically queried by the central Zabbix server. An active client, on the other hand, actively sends status information to the central Zabbix server.

Install zabbix-agent

Installing the agent from apt:

$ sudo apt-get install zabbix-agent

Configure zabbix-agent

Edit the agent's config file, paying specific attention to the "Server" line:

$ sudo vim /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf

Set at least these options in the config file:


Start zabbix-agent

$ sudo /etc/init.d/zabbix-agent start
server_monitoring/zabbix.txt · Last modified: 2011/03/15 11:49 by aorth