Zabbix Documentation 1.8

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 New report category, bar reports, allows to look at the data from many different angles. Want to look at the weekly temperatures in the server room for the last two months? Have to compare webserver load for the first month of every quarter this year? All that and more is possible with this new feature. New report category, bar reports, allows to look at the data from many different angles. Want to look at the weekly temperatures in the server room for the last two months? Have to compare webserver load for the first month of every quarter this year? All that and more is possible with this new feature.
  
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 ==== - Full Unicode support ==== ==== - Full Unicode support ====
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 In Zabbix, single control is used to select time period displayed for many views, including simple and custom graphs, raw data, screens and web monitoring. Already improved in 1.6, time period selector has been improved in 1.8 further. In Zabbix, single control is used to select time period displayed for many views, including simple and custom graphs, raw data, screens and web monitoring. Already improved in 1.6, time period selector has been improved in 1.8 further.
  
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 This scrollbar allows easy dragging and resizing of it. Additionally,​ links on the left hand side allow to choose some predefined, often used time periods and move displayed period forward/​backward in time. And the dates on the right hand side actually work as links, popping up a calendar and allowing to set specific start/end time. This scrollbar allows easy dragging and resizing of it. Additionally,​ links on the left hand side allow to choose some predefined, often used time periods and move displayed period forward/​backward in time. And the dates on the right hand side actually work as links, popping up a calendar and allowing to set specific start/end time.
  
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 Notice the dynamic/​fixed link in the lower right hand corner? It can be used to control whether time period is kept constant when you change start/end time. Notice the dynamic/​fixed link in the lower right hand corner? It can be used to control whether time period is kept constant when you change start/end time.
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 For example, information about max/min/avg values is presented clearly as a table. For example, information about max/min/avg values is presented clearly as a table.
  
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 === - Improved timeline in charts === === - Improved timeline in charts ===
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 Comparing 1.6 and 1.8: Comparing 1.6 and 1.8:
  
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 |Axis labels in 1.6.| |Axis labels in 1.6.|
  
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 |Axis labels in trunk.| |Axis labels in trunk.|
  
 As can be seen, labels are now easier to read. Instead of prioritising some arbitrary point in time, depending on graph scale, actual points in time like change of a day are prioritised. Sometimes Zabbix will even use more "human readable"​ labels: As can be seen, labels are now easier to read. Instead of prioritising some arbitrary point in time, depending on graph scale, actual points in time like change of a day are prioritised. Sometimes Zabbix will even use more "human readable"​ labels:
  
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 === - Gradient line support in graphs === === - Gradient line support in graphs ===
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 Zabbix graphs support several line styles, and 1.8 brings one more - gradient line. It's easier to understand how that works by looking at an actual example. Zabbix graphs support several line styles, and 1.8 brings one more - gradient line. It's easier to understand how that works by looking at an actual example.
  
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 === - DejaVu font used for graphs === === - DejaVu font used for graphs ===
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 Map editing in Zabbix 1.8 has been greatly improved by adding drag and drop support, as well as selected element detail displaying in a popup. Map editing in Zabbix 1.8 has been greatly improved by adding drag and drop support, as well as selected element detail displaying in a popup.
  
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 You can even [[http://​blip.tv/​file/​2942525|watch a video]] of map editing. You can even [[http://​blip.tv/​file/​2942525|watch a video]] of map editing.
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 In addition to that map links may have optional text for displaying arbitrary information,​ for example, bandwidth data. In addition to that map links may have optional text for displaying arbitrary information,​ for example, bandwidth data.
  
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 Background map CC-BY-SA [[http://​www.openstreetmap.org/​|Openstreetmap]]. Background map CC-BY-SA [[http://​www.openstreetmap.org/​|Openstreetmap]].
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 On the other hand, host group configuration has been brought out on the configuration menu. On the other hand, host group configuration has been brought out on the configuration menu.
  
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 Another change is general configuration being moved to administration section to avoid Zabbix administrator level users from having access to global configuration parameters. Another change is general configuration being moved to administration section to avoid Zabbix administrator level users from having access to global configuration parameters.
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 In addition to ability to edit trigger expressions directly, a frontend to create triggers visually has been added. In addition to ability to edit trigger expressions directly, a frontend to create triggers visually has been added.
  
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 There is a special mode for creating log related triggers. There is a special mode for creating log related triggers.
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 After performing initial filtering, subfilter becomes available. It presents found values and results can be filtered further. After performing initial filtering, subfilter becomes available. It presents found values and results can be filtered further.
  
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 === - Audit filter === === - Audit filter ===
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 In version 1.8 audit logs now can be filtered quite extensively to find exactly the changes you are looking for. In version 1.8 audit logs now can be filtered quite extensively to find exactly the changes you are looking for.
  
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 === - Latest data filter === === - Latest data filter ===
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 It is now possible to filter this screen by freeform search against item descriptions. It is now possible to filter this screen by freeform search against item descriptions.
  
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 === - Reworked "​Status of triggers"​ view === === - Reworked "​Status of triggers"​ view ===
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 In 1.8, this screen gained has been changed, providing new features like expanding individual triggers to show their events and confirming all events for a trigger. In 1.8, this screen gained has been changed, providing new features like expanding individual triggers to show their events and confirming all events for a trigger.
  
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 === - Other filters improved === === - Other filters improved ===
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 ==== - Improved screen editing ==== ==== - Improved screen editing ====
  
-Zabbix [[:1.8/manual/config/screens_and_slide_shows|screens]] is a feature that allows to group many frontend elements, including graphs, network maps, raw data and many others. Configuring them initially was not very hard, but making any significant changes was nearly impossible in some cases.+Zabbix [[manual:config:screens_and_slide_shows|screens]] is a feature that allows to group many frontend elements, including graphs, network maps, raw data and many others. Configuring them initially was not very hard, but making any significant changes was nearly impossible in some cases.
  
 Screen editing has been greatly improved in 1.8. This includes: Screen editing has been greatly improved in 1.8. This includes:
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   * Using icons on the screen edges, rows now can be inserted and removed from arbitrary locations.   * Using icons on the screen edges, rows now can be inserted and removed from arbitrary locations.
  
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 ==== - Global search ==== ==== - Global search ====
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 There'​s now a search box in the upper right corner, which allows searching in hosts, host groups and templates. There'​s now a search box in the upper right corner, which allows searching in hosts, host groups and templates.
  
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 Results allow for a quick access to found entities and their elements: Results allow for a quick access to found entities and their elements:
  
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 ==== - Minor frontend improvements ==== ==== - Minor frontend improvements ====
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 Error messages are now shown as icons and error text is available in a popup. Clicking the icon opens the popup to allow copying of the message. Error messages are now shown as icons and error text is available in a popup. Clicking the icon opens the popup to allow copying of the message.
  
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 === - History strings saved by reference === === - History strings saved by reference ===
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 At the top of the frontend, there'​s a breadcrumbs type history, showing recently accessed pages. At the top of the frontend, there'​s a breadcrumbs type history, showing recently accessed pages.
  
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 When a language is switched in frontend, in previous versions existing history entries would not switch language, only new entries would be added in the correct language. Now history strings change appropriately. When a language is switched in frontend, in previous versions existing history entries would not switch language, only new entries would be added in the correct language. Now history strings change appropriately.
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 Zabbix 1.8 supports splitting long lists in multiple pages. Entry count per page is configurable in user's profile. Zabbix 1.8 supports splitting long lists in multiple pages. Entry count per page is configurable in user's profile.
  
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 |Configuring rows per page in user profile| |Configuring rows per page in user profile|
  
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 |Entry limit in action| |Entry limit in action|
  
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 A minor but welcome improvement in 1.8 - selected rows now are hilighted. A minor but welcome improvement in 1.8 - selected rows now are hilighted.
  
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 === - Ability to display server name === === - Ability to display server name ===
 Setting variable ZBX_SERVER_NAME allows Zabbix server name to be displayed in the frontend upper right corner. Setting variable ZBX_SERVER_NAME allows Zabbix server name to be displayed in the frontend upper right corner.
  
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 It is also used in page title. It is also used in page title.
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 Mostly useful for developers, but can be handy when trying to determine source of a problem for others as well. Mostly useful for developers, but can be handy when trying to determine source of a problem for others as well.
  
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 Debug mode can be enabled on user group basis. Debug mode can be enabled on user group basis.
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 ===== - API ===== ===== - API =====
  
-In version 1.8 first, Zabbix provides [[http://​json-rpc.org/​|JSON-RPC]] [[:1.8/api|API]]. It already allows to perform most of the configuration changes, thus enabling powerful means for automated or complex setup management.+In version 1.8 first, Zabbix provides [[http://​json-rpc.org/​|JSON-RPC]] [[:​api|API]]. It already allows to perform most of the configuration changes, thus enabling powerful means for automated or complex setup management.
  
 While API itself might not be that exciting for casual users, it enables creation of various tools. One such tool already has been created - Zabbix commandline utility or [[http://​www.zabbix.com/​wiki/​doc/​zabcon|Zabcon]]. While API itself might not be that exciting for casual users, it enables creation of various tools. One such tool already has been created - Zabbix commandline utility or [[http://​www.zabbix.com/​wiki/​doc/​zabcon|Zabcon]].
  
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 Zabcon is especially exciting for users who would like to perform uncommon, large scale changes, as it allows easy scripting without programming skills. Zabcon is especially exciting for users who would like to perform uncommon, large scale changes, as it allows easy scripting without programming skills.
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 Database cache is enabled by default and can not be disabled. Configuration option **StartDBSyncers** has been removed from Zabbix server and proxy configuration files. Database cache is enabled by default and can not be disabled. Configuration option **StartDBSyncers** has been removed from Zabbix server and proxy configuration files.
  
-A special [[:1.8/manual/config/items#​internal_checks|internal check]] has been introduced, **zabbix[wcache,​*]** to monitor health of this cache.+A special [[manual:config:items#​internal_checks|internal check]] has been introduced, **zabbix[wcache,​*]** to monitor health of this cache.
 === - Frontend images recompressed with pngcrush === === - Frontend images recompressed with pngcrush ===
  
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 Zabbix supports monitoring SNMP metrics that have dynamic identifiers. Zabbix supports monitoring SNMP metrics that have dynamic identifiers.
  
-In version 1.8 [[:1.8/manual/advanced_snmp/dynamic_indexes|index resolving and data retrieval]] is performed in a single connection now, reducing network load and load on the monitored devices.+In version 1.8 [[manual:advanced_snmp:dynamic_indexes|index resolving and data retrieval]] is performed in a single connection now, reducing network load and load on the monitored devices.
  
 ==== - Automated host management improvements ==== ==== - Automated host management improvements ====
  
-For larger or constantly changing environments replicating these changes in Zabbix configuration can be a challenge. Zabbix already supported [[:1.8/manual/auto-discovery|network discovery]],​ and 1.8 now brings both improvements to the network discovery, as well as new methods to automate adding of new devices to monitor.+For larger or constantly changing environments replicating these changes in Zabbix configuration can be a challenge. Zabbix already supported [[manual:auto-discovery|network discovery]],​ and 1.8 now brings both improvements to the network discovery, as well as new methods to automate adding of new devices to monitor.
  
 === - Network discovery improvements === === - Network discovery improvements ===
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   * Disable host   * Disable host
  
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 == - IP mask support == == - IP mask support ==
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 Support for [[http://​www.zabbix.com/​documentation/​1.8/​manual/​config/​macros#​global_and_host_level_macros|user definable macros]] (or variables) has been added. These can be defined globally for Zabbix installation,​ on template and host level. For example, defining the following macros on a host level allows to set custom thresholds per host, even if all hosts are linked against single template: Support for [[http://​www.zabbix.com/​documentation/​1.8/​manual/​config/​macros#​global_and_host_level_macros|user definable macros]] (or variables) has been added. These can be defined globally for Zabbix installation,​ on template and host level. For example, defining the following macros on a host level allows to set custom thresholds per host, even if all hosts are linked against single template:
  
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 In this case, templated trigger expression would be: In this case, templated trigger expression would be:
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 Hosts that are in maintenance are indicated as such in Monitoring -> Triggers view. Hosts that are in maintenance are indicated as such in Monitoring -> Triggers view.
  
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 If a problem happens during the maintenance and is not resolved, notification is generated after maintenance period ends. If a problem happens during the maintenance and is not resolved, notification is generated after maintenance period ends.
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 Audit log in 1.8 has been improved, and instead of simply seeing that something has changed, many entities will have exact changes recorded. Audit log in 1.8 has been improved, and instead of simply seeing that something has changed, many entities will have exact changes recorded.
  
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 |Exact changes made to item preserved| |Exact changes made to item preserved|
  
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 |Exact changes made to trigger preserved| |Exact changes made to trigger preserved|
  
 ==== - New macros ==== ==== - New macros ====
  
-Zabbix provides very useful variables - called [[:1.8/manual/config/macros|macros]] - to be used in item names, notifications and elsewhere. Zabbix 1.8 increases the amount of available macros, as well as making some macros usable in more locations.+Zabbix provides very useful variables - called [[manual:config:macros|macros]] - to be used in item names, notifications and elsewhere. Zabbix 1.8 increases the amount of available macros, as well as making some macros usable in more locations.
  
 === - In notifications === === - In notifications ===
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 ==== - Advanced regular expression editor ==== ==== - Advanced regular expression editor ====
  
-Advanced regular expression editor was added to Zabbix with ability to test regular expressions. It is now possible to [[:1.8/manual/config/regexps|define complex regular expression]] with easy to use interface and reuse them with simple reference.+Advanced regular expression editor was added to Zabbix with ability to test regular expressions. It is now possible to [[manual:config:regexps|define complex regular expression]] with easy to use interface and reuse them with simple reference.
  
 ==== - IPv6 support for SNMP monitoring ==== ==== - IPv6 support for SNMP monitoring ====
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 == - Added Windows services key == == - Added Windows services key ==
  
-Added [[:1.8/manual/config/items#​win32-specific_parameters|services]] key for Windows which can return services in a particular state.+Added [[manual:config:items#​win32-specific_parameters|services]] key for Windows which can return services in a particular state.
  
 === - ICMP items have new parameters === === - ICMP items have new parameters ===
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 While different base values could be monitored before with user parameters, that was not easy enough. Zabbix 1.8 natively supports two new input data types, sometimes found on devices like printers. While different base values could be monitored before with user parameters, that was not easy enough. Zabbix 1.8 natively supports two new input data types, sometimes found on devices like printers.
  
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   * Octal   * Octal
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 Sample configuration file layout was changed. Now all parameters are included, and their default values, as well as allowed ranges, are documented. Sample configuration file layout was changed. Now all parameters are included, and their default values, as well as allowed ranges, are documented.
  
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 ==== - Added manpages ==== ==== - Added manpages ====
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 Ability to manually unblock users who have been locked out by bruteforce protection was added. Ability to manually unblock users who have been locked out by bruteforce protection was added.
  
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 Clicking on the **Blocked** link will unblock this user. Clicking on the **Blocked** link will unblock this user.
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 ==== - Rotated logfile monitoring ==== ==== - Rotated logfile monitoring ====
  
-Zabbix supports logfile monitoring, and version 1.8 improves it further. If an application is writing to a new logfile with varying name - for example, if logfile name includes date - it is much easier to monitor with Zabbix 1.8, as it is now possible to specify regular expressions in [[:1.8/manual/log_file_monitoring/how_it_works|logfile monitoring]].+Zabbix supports logfile monitoring, and version 1.8 improves it further. If an application is writing to a new logfile with varying name - for example, if logfile name includes date - it is much easier to monitor with Zabbix 1.8, as it is now possible to specify regular expressions in [[manual:log_file_monitoring:how_it_works|logfile monitoring]].
  
 ==== - Online documentation ==== ==== - Online documentation ====
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 Instead of simply displaying generic host status, in 1.8 frontend three different monitoring methods have their status displayed - Zabbix agent, SNMP and IPMI. Instead of simply displaying generic host status, in 1.8 frontend three different monitoring methods have their status displayed - Zabbix agent, SNMP and IPMI.
  
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 Errors related to each method are stored separately and can be obtained by moving mouse cursor over the error icon. Errors related to each method are stored separately and can be obtained by moving mouse cursor over the error icon.
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 See detailed information on new features and significant changes in other 1.8 series releases: See detailed information on new features and significant changes in other 1.8 series releases:
  
-  * [[:​1.8/​manual/​about/​what_s_new_1.8.1|1.8.1]] +  * [[what_s_new_1.8.1|1.8.1]] 
-  * [[:​1.8/​manual/​about/​what_s_new_1.8.2|1.8.2]] +  * [[what_s_new_1.8.2|1.8.2]] 
-  * [[:​1.8/​manual/​about/​what_s_new_1.8.3|1.8.3]] +  * [[what_s_new_1.8.3|1.8.3]] 
-  * [[:​1.8/​manual/​about/​what_s_new_1.8.4|1.8.4]] +  * [[what_s_new_1.8.4|1.8.4]] 
-  * [[:​1.8/​manual/​about/​what_s_new_1.8.5|1.8.5]] +  * [[what_s_new_1.8.5|1.8.5]] 
-  * [[:​1.8/​manual/​about/​what_s_new_1.8.6|1.8.6]]+  * [[what_s_new_1.8.6|1.8.6]]
 ===== Installation and upgrade ===== ===== Installation and upgrade =====
  
-See the [[:1.8/manual/installation/how_to_get_zabbix|installation]] section for new installations.+See the [[manual:installation:how_to_get_zabbix|installation]] section for new installations.
  
-See [[:1.8/manual/installation/upgrading|upgrading]] section if upgrading from an older Zabbix release.+See [[manual:installation:upgrading|upgrading]] section if upgrading from an older Zabbix release.
  
-Before upgrading, read [[:​1.8/​manual/​about/​installation_and_upgrade#​important_notes|important notes]].+Before upgrading, read [[installation_and_upgrade#​important_notes|important notes]].