We’ve had two awesome events already – Zabbix Conference 2011 and Zabbix Conference 2012. They both were held in Riga, the Zabbix hometown, at the end of September.
Zabbix conference last year – 2012
We have decided on the dates and place for Zabbix Conference 2013 – it will again happen in Latvia, and it’s moved a bit more towards the summer – September 6th and 7th.
While other countries were considered this time, we decided to go for Latvia still, as it is easier to organise an event here. Of course, we also had several community members actively bug us about conference being in Latvia again – apparently, they have grown fond of it
The exact location for the conference has not been decided on yet, but we were advised to warn the potential host about “hundreds of geeks with a wifi need”, as the Zabbix crowd is able to bring a wireless network to its knees in most venues.
We would also suggest to use the chance and see more of Latvia before and after the conference – but definitely plan to arrive early on the previous day as we will have a welcoming event to meet old friends and find new ones.
Many prominent community members have already confirmed their presence – so start planning for September 5-7 in Latvia
Value mapping is a neat, little feature in Zabbix that allows to see what a numeric code actually means. Well, what did that mean? For example, a UPS device might return “2″, which means “all is OK”, and “3″, which means “battery low”. There will be many different devices with different numeric codes, so remembering what they all mean is nearly impossible. Value mapping will show a human readable description, but the raw value will still follow in the parentheses – for example, Normal (2).
Until Zabbix 2.2, this was only supported for integers. Zabbix 2.2 will allow to configure value mapping also for decimal and string values.
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We’ve recently published the documentation for some of the APIs that have been introduced in 2.0 but had not been covered in the manual at all. If you are a Zabbix expert, you’re probably already aware of their existence, but if you don’t know your way around the source code, you might have missed them. Anyway, you can now familiarize yourself with six useful APIs for maintaining your Zabbix configuration. Continue reading
Having explored two other improvements to the built-in web monitoring – ability to template it and change retry count – let’s take a look at another one. Until Zabbix 2.2, it was not possible to set HTTP proxy for web monitoring… well, that’s not entirely true – with a hack one could set HTTP proxy for the whole Zabbix server (or, since Zabbix 2.0, Zabbix proxy), but there was no way to set it per web scenario. Zabbix 2.2 will provide such a feature.
When we started following the string freeze principle for Zabbix 2.0.3 release, the goal was to give translators some time period before each release, thus increasing the chances of a translation being completely finished. That did help, and 2.0.3 came out with 6 translations at 100%. Now the translation freeze for Zabbix 2.0.5 starts.
“Why on earth was I not notified?!” — ever heard that question from a fellow worker? Setting up notifications can be a challenge — and not only for beginners. Normally, debugging such cases is cumbersome, complex and requires a good understanding of how Zabbix works. Were you ever asked for a list of people who would be notified on some event? It’s hard to tell, until the event actually happens. Or at least it used to:
The Action Simulator tries to relieve you from these problems and make you and your co-workers happy again.
Let’s continue our series about the improvements that are coming in Zabbix 2.2. We already examined one web monitoring improvement – ability to template it. But there’s more – in 2.2 you will be able to specify how many times a web scenario should be retried.
Continuing with the series on upcoming Zabbix 2.2, the second feature we will look at will be related to the built-in web monitoring that has been available in Zabbix for quite some time already. One problem some users faced – there was no way to use the extensive Zabbix templating system for web monitoring. This was not an issue if all we wanted to monitor were standard websites, but as soon as there would be a large amount of identical webservers, one would have to either do a lot of manual configuration or some scripting via the Zabbix API. Zabbix 2.2 will greatly simplify this by providing templatable web monitoring. Continue reading
Zabbix currently is at version 2.0, and this version took quite a long time to get out – almost 2 and a half years. Of course, all that wait was not in vain – Zabbix 2.0 provided a huge amount of new features. It did mean that you and me had to wait for quite some time before benefiting from those features, though, so there will be an effort to make Zabbix 2.2 happen sooner. Let’s start to look at the improvements Zabbix 2.2 will provide – and let’s start with the one that everybody upgrading will notice – automated database schema upgrades.
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When monitoring Windows servers and services it would be really handy to have a check to see if all the services that are registered with the system to automatically start up during boot, are also started.
You can use the item services[automatic] and compare its results with the output of the item services[automatic,started] using a trigger. However, this is not a very nice approach to this problem because it will tell you that there is a difference between these two but it will not tell you exactly which service has gone down.