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Post ZABBIX 1.4 released

ZABBIX SIA is proud to announce the availability of ZABBIX

ZABBIX is an enterprise-class open source distributed
monitoring solution. ZABBIX is released under the GPL, thus
it is free of charge for both commercial and non-commercial
use. A complete text of the license is available at

This document contains the release notes for ZABBIX 1.4.

The following sections describe the release in detail and
provide late-breaking or other information that supplements
its main documentation.

What's New in 1.4

:: Installation Wizard

Installation Wizard automatically checks pre-requisites,
database connectivity and generates a configuration file for
WEB front end.

:: Distributed monitoring

ZABBIX distributed monitoring is made for complex
environments consisting of different locations. ZABBIX
supports monitoring of an unlimited number of nodes.
Centralized configuration allows all the nodes to be
configured from a single location easily.

:: Auto-discovery

ZABBIX distributed monitoring module allows to deploy ZABBIX
systems easily. The discovery supports IP ranges, service
checks, agent and SNMP checks for efficient auto-discovery.

:: WEB monitoring

WEB monitoring module enables flexible and easy monitoringof
availability and performanceof WEB sites and WEB-based
applications. It supports passing of GET and POST variables.

:: Support of new database engines

SQLite support has been implemented. It allows to use ZABBIX
in embedded environments.

:: WEB interface improvements

WEB interface speed and usability have been improved

:: New notification methods

Native support of Jabber messaging has been introduced.

:: Many-to-many template linkage

More flexible host-template linkage saves time and make the
configuration of hosts more flexible and straight forward.

:: Database watchdog

ZABBIX server automatically warns the group of users if the
database is down and continues normal operations when the
database is back.

:: XML data import/export

New XML data import and export functionality is an excellent
way of sharing templates, hosts configuration and
items/triggers related information.

:: Windows Vista Support

ZABBIX Windows agent supports Windows Vista, both 32 and 64
bit versions.

:: More flexible actions

Multiple operations (notifications, script execution) per
action are supported. The choice of action calculation
algorithm was introduced.

:: Server-side external checks

The server-side external checks can be used to introduce
custom checks executed on ZABBIX server side.

:: New user permission schema

The old user permission schema is no longer supported. It
was replaced by a new more efficient, yet simple, schema
working on the level of user groups and host groups.

:: Hysteresis support

ZABBIX supports the use of different trigger expressions to
go into ON and OFF states.

:: Support of slide show

Several screens can be grouped into a slide show for better

:: ZABBIX server can spread the work load across several servers

Groups of server side processes (discoverer, poller, HTTP
poller, trapper, etc) can be located on different physical
servers for better performance and availability.

:: Other improvements

* The same code for UNIX and Windows agents
* New communication protocol
* Increased maximum size of background images
* New default templates
* Flexible refresh intervals
* Stacked graphs
* More flexible log rotation
* Support of static linkage
* Colour selection for graphs
* Log filtering on agent side
* Improved configuration script
* ZABBIX sender to read configuration parameter from
agent's configuration file
* Support of macros in remote commands
* New configuration parameters
* avg() will support integer type
* An icon can be assigned to hosts having 'unknown'
* other improvements and bug fixes

:: What's no longer supported

* Repeated actions and notifications
* Bulk loader was replaces by XML Data Import/Export
* User permissions on per-element level

Installation and Upgrade Notes


See ZABBIX Manual for full details.


See ZABBIX Manual for a detailed upgrade procedure.

Pre-release testing


ZABBIX Server has been tested on the following platforms:

* Ubuntu Linux, AMD64, kernel 2.6.11, MySQL 4.x
* Ubuntu Linux, Intel, kernel 2.6.15, MySQL 5.0.22


ZABBIX Agents have been compiled and tested on the following

* AIX 5.2
* FreeBSD 4.11, 5.4
* HP-UX 11.00
* Linux 2.6.11 (Ubuntu)
* Linux 2.6.15 (Ubuntu)
* Linux CentOS
* NetBSD 2.0
* OS/X 10.2
* Solaris 10
* Tru64 5.1B
* Windows XP

Note that agents are available pre-compiled from for a limited number of
versions and platforms.

Commercial support

ZABBIX Company provides full range of professional services.
Please contact our sales department for pricing and more


* ZABBIX 1.4 Manual
* ZABBIX Forums (
* ZABBIX Support (
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