Zabbix 2.2 features, part 2 – Templated web monitoring

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.

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Zabbix 2.2 features, part 1 – Automatic database upgrading

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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Zabbix SIA – Best Exporter in small partnership group 2012!

To be known, accepted and demanded in the different corners of the world is of course a big honor and the pride of every developing and dynamic company. However, to become recognized by the company’s home country and to be named “the best”, that’s what makes you really proud of who you are and what you are doing, as we all know – the most honest critique and valuation of the things you do comes from the closest people. 🙂

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API versioning

The 2.0.4 release contains a lot of improvements so one tiny change may have passed unnoticed: the version of the API has been bumped to 2.0.4 as well. Indeed, that’s one small change in the code, but a huge decision for the Zabbix developers team. The API version has remained on 1.4 since the release of 2.0, but finally we’ve developed a versioning that will suite our needs.

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The New API Docs

The Zabbix API is a great tool, which allows you to extend and tailor Zabbix to your specific needs. Yet using it still poses a challenge for many developers, because a lot of it is still undocumented. To solve this problem and make the API more open to third party developers we’ve decided to completely rewrite the documentation. Yes, everything. From scratch.

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Putting dots on JMX monitoring


JMX monitoring with Zabbix is easy using Zabbix Java gateway. Let’s say you have a JMX-enabled Java application running on some host. You start the Java gateway, configure Zabbix server to use that, add that host in Zabbix frontend, set up a JMX interface and create a JMX agent item (described here). A JMX item key name is (surprise-surprise!) jmx and it needs 2 parameters that describe a monitored entity:

  • an MBean object name
  • an MBean attribute name
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