ZABBIX 1.5 (beta)


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ZABBIX SIA is proud to announce the availability of ZABBIX 1.5, the first release in a series of pre-1.6 betas.

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 release notes for ZABBIX 1.5.

Do not use this release in production! It is for early beta testing only.

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

What's New in 1.5 (beta)

The following functionality is introduced in this release and will be available in stable ZABBIX 1.6.

:: Support of IPv6

All ZABBIX modules support IPv6.

:: Better Distributed Monitoring

ZABBIX distributed monitoring has been improved for a more efficient Node synchronisation protocol. See also details on ZABBIX Proxy.

:: ZABBIX Proxy process

ZABBIX proxy is a lightweight process, which performs data collection on behalf of ZABBIX Server. The proxies can be used to create distributed centralised monitoring of remote locations all reporting to a central server or one of ZABBIX nodes.

ZABBIX Proxy significantly simplifies deployment and maintenances of large ZABBIX setups in a distributed environment.

:: Dashboard

The Dashboard provides high level personalized details about monitored environment. Now this is a central part of ZABBIX front-end.

:: Dynamic screens

A screen element can be made dynamic. In this case, information displayed in the element will depend on a host selected by user.

:: Nice zoom for graphs

Zoom period can be selected by mouse for drill-down analysis.

:: Database cache module

Database cache module can be enabled to improve performance of busy ZABBIX servers.

:: Pie charts

Pie charts (both 2D and 3D) are supported.

:: Basic management functions

Traceroute and Ping can be executed from the Status of Triggers screen. More scripts can be added and configured. The scripts are executed on a local ZABBIX server or one of ZABBIX nodes.

:: More efficient communication with agents

ZABBIX Agent supports data buffering, which can be tuned by new configuration parameters, BufferSize and BufferSend. Communication protocol has been improved to support sending of multiple values by one TCP connection.

:: More efficient ZABBIX sender

ZABBIX Sender has been improved to support sending of multiple values by one TCP connection.

:: Improved view of trigger statuses

The screen will display information about triggers and associated events.

:: Support of SNMP data having dynamic index

A new syntax can be used to monitor SNMP data with a dynamic index. See SNMP section for more details.

:: Special processing of well known SNMP OIDs

Simple SNMP OIDs, like ifDescr, ifInOctets, ifInOctets, and other can be used in ZABBIX and will be translated automatically into correct numeric representation by ZABBIX itself.

:: Added printable view for all screens

Any screen can be printed in a nice way by pressing the Print link.

:: Disabling of login rights for a group of users

Whole user group can be configured not to have access to ZABBIX front-end.

:: Added support of UTF-8

ZABBIX front-end is UTF-8 ready. Note that ZABBIX database and ZABBIX server and agent processes are still not ready for correct processing of UTF-8 data.

:: Added screen for better management of translations

The screen can be used to add new translations of ZABBIX front-end.

:: Added maintenance mode

ZABBIX Maintenance mode can be activated to disable ZABBIX front-end.

:: Unlimited number of map link styles

Any number of triggers can be linked to map link. The triggers will define how the link is displayed.

:: Database monitoring

ZABBIX could retrieve data directly from an external database by executing a SQL request.

:: Other improvements

  • Queue moved into Administration
  • Link to Maps, Screens and Graphs moved to the Dashboard
  • Option to remember user authorisation
  • More efficient communication protocol
  • Support of themes for ZABBIX front-end
  • User 'guest' can be disabled
  • Disabling group of users
  • Database down screen
  • Duplicated Login removed
  • Added sorting for all screens
  • other improvements

What's not ready yet but expected in 1.5

  • Escalation module
  • Encryption
  • Backup/restore of configuration data

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 platforms:

  • 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

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