Zabbix Documentation 2.0

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3 Zabbix features

Overview

Zabbix is a highly integrated network monitoring solution, offering a multiplicity of features in a single package.

Data gathering

  • availability and performance checks
  • support for SNMP (both trapping and polling), IPMI, JMX monitoring
  • custom checks
  • gathering desired data at custom intervals
  • performed by server/proxy and by agents

Flexible threshold definitions

  • you can define very flexible problem thresholds, called triggers, referencing values from the backend database

Highly configurable alerting

  • sending notifications can be customized for the escalation schedule, recipient, media type
  • notifications can be made meaningful and helpful using macro variables
  • automatic actions include remote commands

Real-time graphing

  • monitored items are immediately graphed using the built-in graphing functionality

Web monitoring capabilities

  • Zabbix can follow a path of simulated mouse clicks on a web site and check for functionality and response time

Extensive visualisation options

  • ability to create custom graphs that can combine multiple items into a single view
  • network maps
  • custom screens and slide shows for a dashboard-style overview
  • reports
  • high-level (business) view of monitored resources

Historical data storage

  • data stored in a database
  • configurable history
  • built-in housekeeping procedure

Easy configuration

  • add monitored devices as hosts
  • hosts are picked up for monitoring, once in the database
  • apply templates to monitored devices

Use of templates

  • grouping checks in templates
  • templates can inherit other templates

Network discovery

  • automatic discovery of network devices
  • agent auto registration
  • discovery of file systems, network interfaces and SNMP OIDs

Fast web interface

  • a web-based frontend in PHP
  • accessible from anywhere
  • you can click your way through
  • audit log

Zabbix API

  • Zabbix API provides programmable interface to Zabbix for mass manipulations, 3rd party software integration and other purposes.

Permissions system

  • secure user authentication
  • certain users can be limited to certain views

Full featured and easily extensible agent

  • deployed on monitoring targets
  • can be deployed on both Linux and Windows

Binary daemons

  • written in C, for performance and small memory footprint
  • easily portable

Ready for complex environments

  • remote monitoring made easy by using a Zabbix proxy