Introduction to ZABBIX 1.8.1

I’ve been a Cacti user for quite some time now; however, recently I was introduced to Zabbix by a visiting co-worker of mine.

Installation was pretty straight forward, as a matter of fact I have it now running in the same Linux virtual machine as my Cacti installation. I will not talk much about installing Zabbix on a Linux box as there are many documents that discuss this topic.

However, I will discuss the steps of how to monitor Windows servers with Zabbix. From a new Zabbix user perspective, this task was pretty challenging – especially having to gather information from the many threads in Zabbix’s forums.

So, here’s what must be done in order to monitor your Windows servers after Zabbix has been successfully installed.

I won’t go into details on how to setup a Windows hosts in Zabbix; however, the easiest way, in my opinion, to monitor Windows servers is by loading Zabbix 1.8.1 Windows’ agent (download the executable from here). Now, in Zabbix web console, go to Configuration, then Hosts, click on Create Host. At this point type the host name, select a group for this host, select a template, type in a dns name for this server (if there is one), type an ip address for this server, and choose whether Zabbix will communicate with the server’s agent either via ip or dns name. When you’re ready, click Save and you’re done. I’ve attached a screenshot to help you with this step.

The template you picked, during the host creating process, plays a big role in how Zabbix will monitor this host. The windows template will provide you with about 30 items, and these items are the objects that you will use to help you monitor your server. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the items page. Later on, these items are the objects you will use in your graphs.

One item that’s missing from the Windows template is the NIC’s bandwidth utilization. I will go in details on how to create this item. The template does provide items for CPU, memory, disk space, etc.

So, I’m going to give details on how to create the NIC’s bandwidth utilization item.

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