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Install Zabbix Server

First, make sure that all of the latest patches are installed.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo reboot

Configure Firewall:

sudo ufw allow ssh
sudo ufw allow http
sudo ufw allow 10051/tcp
sudo ufw enable

  1. Download and extract the source.
    cd /tmp
    sudo groupadd zabbix
    sudo useradd -g zabbix zabbix
    sudo mkdir /opt/zabbix
    sudo chown zabbix:zabbix /opt/zabbix
    tar zxvf zabbix-3.2.3.tar.gz
  2. Install and create the database:
    sudo apt-get -y install postgresql postgresql-contrib
    sudo -u postgres psql
    \password postgres
    sudo -u postgres createuser -D -A -P zabbix
    sudo -u postgres createdb -O zabbix zabbix
    cd /tmp/zabbix-3.2.3/database/postgresql/
    sudo -u zabbix psql -U zabbix zabbix < schema.sql
    sudo -u zabbix psql -U zabbix zabbix < images.sql
    sudo -u zabbix psql -U zabbix zabbix < data.sql
    sudo cp /etc/postgresql/9.5/main/pg_hba.conf /tmp/pg_hba.conf
    sudo chmod 777 /tmp/pg_hba.conf
    cat >> /tmp/pg_hba.conf << EOF
    host  zabbix  zabbix  trust
    sudo chmod 640 pg_hba.conf
    sudo cp /tmp/pg_hba.conf /etc/postgresql/9.5/main/pg_hba.conf
    sudo systemctl restart postgresql
  3. Compile and Install Server:
    sudo apt-get -y install build-essential libpq-dev libxml2-dev snmp snmp-mibs-downloader \
        libsnmp-dev libssh2-1-dev libopenipmi-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev
    cd /tmp/zabbix-3.2.3/
    ./configure --prefix=/opt/zabbix --enable-server --with-postgresql --with-ssh2 \
                --enable-agent --enable-ipv6 --with-net-snmp --with-libcurl \
                --with-libxml2 --with-openipmi --with-openssl
    sudo make install
  4. Configure the database configuration:
    sudo sed -i 's/# DBPassword=/DBPassword=PASSWORD/g' /opt/zabbix/etc/zabbix_server.conf
    sudo sed -i 's/# DBPort=3306/DBPort=5432/g' /opt/zabbix/etc/zabbix_server.conf
    sudo sed -i 's/LogFile=\/tmp\/zabbix_server.log/LogFile=\/var\/log\/zabbix_server.log/g' /opt/zabbix/etc/zabbix_server.conf
    sudo sed -i 's/# LogFileSize=1/LogFileSize=512/g' /opt/zabbix/etc/zabbix_server.conf
  5. Configure and start Zabbix Server
    cat > /tmp/zabbix-server.service << EOF
    Description=Zabbix Server
    ExecStart=/opt/zabbix/sbin/zabbix_server -c /opt/zabbix/etc/zabbix_server.conf
    ExecReload=/opt/zabbix/sbin/zabbix_server -R config_cache_reload
    sudo mv /tmp/zabbix-server.service /etc/systemd/system/
    sudo touch /var/log/zabbix_server.log
    sudo chown zabbix:zabbix /var/log/zabbix_server.log
    sudo systemctl enable zabbix-server
    sudo systemctl start zabbix-server
  6. Update the web server configuration:
    sudo sed -i 's/post_max_size = 8M/post_max_size = 16M/g' /etc/php/7.0/fpm/php.ini
    sudo sed -i 's/max_execution_time = 30/max_execution_time = 300/g' /etc/php/7.0/fpm/php.ini
    sudo sed -i 's/max_input_time = 60/max_input_time = 300/g' /etc/php/7.0/fpm/php.ini
    sudo apt-get -y install php-pgsql php-bcmath php-mbstring php-gd php-xml
    sudo systemctl restart php7.0-fpm
    cd /tmp/zabbix-3.2.3/frontends/php
    sudo mkdir -p /opt/zabbix/frontend
    sudo cp -R * /opt/zabbix/frontend/
    cat > /tmp/zabbix << EOF
    server {
      listen 80;
      listen [::]:80;
      root /opt/zabbix/frontend;
      location / { 
        index index.php;
        error_page 403 404 502 503 504  /index.php;
        try_files \$uri \$uri/ index.php;
      location ~ \.php\$ {
        include fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME \$document_root\$fastcgi_script_name;
        fastcgi_param PATH_INFO \$uri;  # necessary for URL rewrite
        fastcgi_index index.php;
      location ~ \.(jpg|jpeg|gif|png|ico)$ {
        access_log      off;
        expires         60d;
    sudo mv /tmp/zabbix /etc/nginx/sites-available/
    sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/zabbix /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/zabbix
    sudo chgrp -R www-data /opt/zabbix/frontend/conf
    sudo chmod -R g+w /opt/zabbix/frontend/conf
    sudo systemctl restart nginx
  7. Navigate to the Zabbix frontend which should resemble http://fqdn. Default username/password is admin/zabbix.

Configure the Zabbix Front End

  1. At the welcome screen, Click Next Step.
  2. All of the pre-requisites should pass… Click Next Step.
  3. Select SQLite3 for the database type, and type /opt/zabbix/db/zabbix.db. Click Next Step.
  4. For the server details, accept the defaults and click Next Step.
  5. On the summary screen, click Next Step.
  6. Click Finish and then you can log in.

Use Zabbix

You will need to add agents for Zabbix to monitor. The Zabbix website contains great documentation to getting started setting up users, hosts, and triggers.

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