Configure Zabbix Server and Agent

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Zabbix is an open source software, where you can monitor your network and server infra. You can monitor your remote host with zabbix agent. In this article we will install and configure zabbix server and zabbix host on remote server and monitor it. We will use Ubuntu 16.04 for this project.

Install Apache, MysQl and PHP.

You will have to install LAMP in your Zabbix server. So first we will install Apache, Php and MysQl in zabbix server.

apt-get update
apt-get install apache2
apt-get install mysql-server
apt-get install php php-mbstring php-gd php-xml php-bcmath php-ldap php-mysql

After install php we will have to change and configure local timezon in php configuration file.

vim /etc/php/PHP_VERSION/apache2/php.ini

date.timezone = ‘Asia/Kolkata’

We will have to enable require APT repository to install Zabbix.

For Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:


dpkg -i zabbix-release_3.4-1+xenial_all.deb

Now we can install Zabbix server and Zabbix client on server host.

apt-get update
apt-get install zabbix-server-mysql zabbix-frontend-php

Now we will have to create Database schema for zabbix. Login to mysql and create and configure database and user for zabbix.

Mysql> create database zabbix;
Mysql> GRANT ALL on zabbix.* to zabbix@localhost IDENTIFIED BY ‘yourpassword’;
Mysql> quit;

Now we will have to import zabbix database schema in to our database.

cd /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql
zcat create.sql.gz | mysql -u root -p redhat [your mysql root password]

Now we have to define database username and password in zabbix server conf file.

vim  /etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf

Restart apache server and zabbix service .

service apache2 restart
service zabbix-server restart

Now zabbx server installed and we have to open it from browse and configure it’s web interface.

                                                    Click next to configure Zabbix.

All require packages are showing ok. click next.
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                                     Enter database details which we have created above.

                                        You need to define Host and port details.

                                It will show you summary of you have configured all settings.

                                                           Click next to install. 

Login with User admin and default password is zabbix.

Zabbix Dashboard after successful login.

Congratulations, We have successfully installed Zabbix server on our Ubuntu machine. 

Now we have ready server for monitor host. So now we have to install and configure Zabbix host for monitoring.

How To Install Zabbix Agent on Ubuntu 16.04/

Zabiix agent is require to install on every host system, So that we can monitor that host from zabbix server.

To install zabbix agent we have to enable Apt Repository on cline machine.


$dpkg -i zabbix-release_3.4-1+xenial_all.deb

After adding Apt repository you will able to install zabbix agent, first we have to update our repository by apt update then we will install zabbix agent package.

apt-get update
apt-get install zabbix-agent

After installing zabbix agent on local machine we have to configure agent setting.

vim /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf 

Server=your server ip

Now restart zabbix agent.

$service zabbix-agent start

So now we have succesfuly install zabbix agent . Now we have to add this agent host to zabbix server for monitoring. To add new host first you have to login in to your zabbix server.

Click on Configuration.
Click on Host in submenu.
And click on create host.

Now we will have to add require details of remote host which we have to monitor.

enter hostname.
Enter visible name
Enter group infor [Select linux servers if you have linux instance]
Enter host ip in agent interface 

Now switch on templates 

select template which you want not monitor.we will select Templet OS linux and Http for monitor Linux os and below template

Template App HTTP Service
Template OS Linux

Click on add button and save. So now we have succesfully added Linux host to zabbix server, Now we can monitor that client host from Zabbiz server. we will able to monitor host machine and httpd service.

How to view graph in Zabbix server.

Congratulations,,,, Now you can monitor your host from zabbix server. one most IMP past is to Configure and enable Triggers and Email Notification, So in next article i will explain you to how to configure zabbix email service for notification errors.


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