A Zabbix proxy can collect performance and availability data on behalf of the Zabbix server. This way, a proxy can take on itself some of the load of collecting data and offload the Zabbix server.
Also, using a proxy is the easiest way of implementing centralized and distributed monitoring, when all agents and proxies report to one Zabbix server and all data is collected centrally.
A Zabbix proxy can be used to:
The proxy requires only one TCP connection to the Zabbix server. This way it is easier to get around a firewall as you only need to configure one firewall rule.
All data collected by the proxy is stored locally before transmitting it over to the server. This way no data is lost due to any temporary communication problems with the server. The ProxyLocalBuffer and ProxyOfflineBuffer parameters in the proxy configuration file control for how long the data are kept locally.
Zabbix proxy is a data collector. It does not calculate triggers, process events or send alerts. For an overview of what proxy functionality is, review the following table:
|Function||Supported by proxy|
|Zabbix agent checks||Yes|
|Zabbix agent checks (active)||Yes 1|
|Log file monitoring||Yes|
|Built-in web monitoring||Yes|
To configure a proxy in Zabbix front end:
|Proxy name||Enter the proxy name. It must be the same name as in the Hostname parameter in the proxy configuration file.|
|Proxy mode||Select the proxy mode.
Active - the proxy will connect to the Zabbix server and request configuration data
Passive - Zabbix server connects to the proxy
Note that (sensitive) proxy configuration data may become available to parties having access to the Zabbix server trapper port when using an active proxy. This is possible because anyone may pretend to be an active proxy and request configuration data; authentication does not take place.
|Hosts||Add hosts to be monitored by the proxy.|