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Friday, 20 June 2008

Installing ZABBIX on Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10 from source files

Getting the system ready.

Following are instructions on installing ZABBIX on Ubuntu. Beware that the packages in the Ubuntu repository are quite probably an old version. You can check this with

apt-cache showpkg zabbix-server-mysql

They currently apply to ZABBIX v1.4.2 and Ubuntu 7.04 but may apply to other versions. These instructions have been compiled from various sources so a big thanks to the sources. These instructions have been tested on Ubuntu 8.04 as well.

Install pre-requisites: Apache MySQL-Server PHP5 Net-Snmp libraries Curl libraries

sudo apt-get install build-essential mysql-server libmysqlclient15-dev php5
php5-gd php5-mysql snmp libsnmp9-dev snmpd libcurl3-dev

If you aren’t going to be using Web Monitoring, you can exclude libcurl3-dev from above.

NOTE: For Jabber support make sure to include libiksemel3 and libiksemel-dev packages and then add –with-jabber=/usr/ to your configure command (STEP #4 below). The script wants the /include dir for the .h file and /lib for .c files and it needs to look in the root of the directory for them. For Ubuntu /usr is the place. Therefore, if you make sure that it knows to look in “/usr/” Jabber support should build fine. This is tested on Ubuntu Dapper 6.06 with Zabbix 1.4.2 but should work for more recent versions of Ubuntu as well.

Installing and Configuring Zabbix

1 - Make the zabbix user and group:

sudo adduser zabbix
enter in new password

use the remaining defaults.

Add zabbix to the admin group:

sudo adduser zabbix admin

2 - Download and Untar the sources:

su - zabbix
tar zxvpf zabbix-1.4.2.tar.gz

You might want to confirm that this is actually the latest version. You might also want to find a mirror closer to you by going to

3 - Create a zabbix database and populate it:

sudo mysql -e"create database zabbix;"
sudo mysql -e"grant all privileges on zabbix.* to zabbix@localhost
identified by 'enter-password-here';"

The following steps will require the password you assigned to the new zabbix database user account in the step above.

mysql -D zabbix -uzabbix -p zabbix
< /home/zabbix/zabbix-1.4.2/create/schema/mysql.sql mysql -D zabbix -uzabbix -p
zabbix < /home/zabbix/zabbix-1.4.2/create/data/data.sql mysql -D zabbix -uzabbix
-p zabbix < /home/zabbix/zabbix-1.4.2/create/data/images_mysql.sql

4 - Configure, compile and install the server:

cd zabbix-1.4.2/
./configure --prefix=/usr --with-mysql --with-net-snmp \
--with-libcurl --enable-server --enable-agent &&
sudo make install

If you aren’t going to be using Web Monitoring, you can exclude –with-libcurl from above.

If you wish to add Jabber support add –with-jabber=/usr/ and make sure you have libiksemel3libiksemel-dev packages as noted above before STEP #1 and

5 - Prepare the rest of the system:

sudo nano /etc/services

Add at the end:

zabbix_agent 10050/tcp # Zabbix ports
zabbix_trap 10051/tcp

Save and exit.

sudo mkdir /etc/zabbix
sudo chown -R zabbix.zabbix /etc/zabbix/
cp misc/conf/zabbix_* /etc/zabbix/

Edit /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf:

nano /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf

Make sure that the Server parameter points to the server address, for the agent that runs on the server it is like this:


Save and exit.

Edit /etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf:

nano /etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf

For small sites this default file will do, however if you are into tweaking your config for your 10+ hosts site, this is the place.

Change this:

# Database user
# Database password
# Comment this line if no password used

Save and exit.

Copy the init.d scripts to the right spot:

sudo cp misc/init.d/debian/zabbix-server /etc/init.d
sudo cp misc/init.d/debian/zabbix-agent /etc/init.d

You may need to edit these script files as the compiled versions of the zabbix files is placed

under /usr/sbin (/usr/bin in older versions).

sudo nano /etc/init.d/zabbix-server

Look for the following line:


and replace it with:

DAEMON=/usr/sbin/${NAME} (old versions use /usr/bin/${NAME})

Save and exit.

sudo nano /etc/init.d/zabbix-agent

Look for the following line:


and replace it with:

DAEMON=/usr/sbin/${NAME}  (old versions use /usr/bin/${NAME})

Save and exit.

Now set the correct permissions and set ZABBIX to start when the machine boots:

sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/zabbix-server
sudo update-rc.d zabbix-server defaults
sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/zabbix-agent
sudo update-rc.d zabbix-agent defaults

Start the server :

sudo /etc/init.d/zabbix-server start

Start the agent:

sudo /etc/init.d/zabbix-agent start

Now check to make sure that they are running:

ps -aux | grep zabbix

You should see multiple instances of zabbix_server and zabbix_client running if everything has gone ok.

6 - Configure web interface

mkdir /home/zabbix/public_html
cp -R frontends/php/* /home/zabbix/public_html/

Edit /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default

Work into file:

Alias /zabbix /home/zabbix/public_html/

AllowOverride FileInfo AuthConfig Limit Indexes
Options MultiViews Indexes SymLinksIfOwnerMatch IncludesNoExec

Order allow,deny
Allow from all

Order deny,allow
Deny from all

Save and exit.

Make php.ini adjustments:

sudo nano /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

Change the following values:

max_execution_time = 300 ; Maximum execution time of each script, in seconds
date.timezone = America/Kentucky/Louisville

(use this url to find your correct timezone format: )

Restart Apache:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Web Interface Configuration

Now point your browser to:


1. Introduction

read and click Next

2. License Agreement

Read, check ‘I Agree’, click Next

3. Check of Pre-Requisites

Fix any problems, click retry. Click Next when all pre-requisites are OK.

4. Configure DB Connection

Enter appropriate settings and click Test Connection. Click Next when OK.

5. Pre-Installation Summary

Verify installation settings, click Next.

6. Install

Click Save Configuration file and save to machine. Copy zabbix.conf.php to /home/zabbix/public_html/conf/zabbix.conf.php

One way to do this from a desktop machine (requires ssh installed): scp zabbix.conf.php zabbix@:/home/zabbix/public_html/conf/

If using a windows workstation, you can use winscp to drag/drop the file onto your zabbix machine. This also requires ssh to be installed. (sudo apt-get install openssh-server)

Click Retry and click Next when OK.

7. Finish Click Finish to complete installation.

Your New Zabbix install will now be shown.

Log in with username: Admin No Password

First go to the tab Configuration and then Hosts.

Now create a host-group, see that you can give it some templates, e.g: Application.MySQL, Host.SNMP, Host.Standalone, Host.Unix.

Then some hosts:

Select your host-group and use Link with Template Host.Unix

Now a lot of triggers are imported and the game begins.

Go to the monitoring tab and watch the latest values roll in.

For specifics on configuration, please refer to the Zabbix user manual.

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