Deep Dive in Zabbix Preprocessing

Arturs Lontons
Zabbix Certified Expert & Trainer

What are the different ways you can use Zabbix preprocessing and why you should consider implementing it in your environment? Let’s take a brief look at how Zabbix preprocessing has evolved and the technical nuances of transforming and storing your preprocessed data.

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Zabbix XPath Preprocessing

Dmitry Lambert,
Zabbix Certified Expert & Trainer

Processing of XML documents were never as easy as now. Xpath preprocessing is available as a native functionality without any third party scripts or modules. Write your xpath query and use it against your XML document to extract desired value.

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Zabbix 4.2 — Prometheus Integration

Zabbix 4.2 — Prometheus Integration

Dmitry Lambert,
Zabbix Certified Expert & Trainer

In latest release of Zabbix prometheus integration is available out of the box. It allows us to easily collect and parse metrics from collectors. Monitor them independently or create low level discovery rules for dynamically changing environments.

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Javascript support in item preprocessing

With new preprocessing steps added to Zabbix in nearly every release, it became obvious that it’s impossible to predict every business case, so we had to come up with a universal solution. This, in turn, raised an important question – which embedded scripting language/engine to use.

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Zabbix 3.4: Mass data collection using Mercury and smartmontools as an example

As we have already mentioned earlier, there are new opportunities for mass data collection in the latest Zabbix version – Zabbix 3.4. Now let’s dwell on this functionality in more detail, and in order to make it more clear, we will tell about it in two examples:

  • one-time collection of the data received in JSON with the console: Mercury 236 electric power consumption meter
  • collection of hard drives and SSDs S.M.A.R.T. attributes obtained in tabular form with smartmontools.

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