I originaly found out about Zabbix from a digg post that linked to the HowTo Forge. It seemed that this was exactly the kind of tool I was searching to setup in the network I was administrering. I decided to give it a try and I was impressed.
Zabbix is capable of monitoring an great amount of things in a network and if you have the time and motivation to set it up, then you’ll greatly enhance your reaction times. In my personal installation, for example, I had it set up to automatically notify administrators of various failures through E-Mail, WinPopUps and SMS messages. It had a network map displaying connectivity error in an easy to understand fashion and it also could display graphs of various performance counters.
And all this in a strict windows enviroment. When Linux powers the ifrastructure, Zabbix becomes a 100 times more impressive.
The Zabbix server was my parting gift to my former employer, and something I am very proud to have set up. What follows are the guides I have written of my installation.
You are free to copy and use them under the GFDL licence.
And here are some nice screenshots
Status Update – 15/05/2006: Unfortunately, since I have resigned from my previous position, the Zabbix project is now on hold until further notice.
Status Update – 05/12/2005: Due to legal reasons, I am withdrawing the screenshots until I can modify them appropriately.
Start at the Installation