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Running Zabbix over the internetActive-only hosts over the web                           September 30th, 2011             ...
Introduction                                             2Server Monitoring as a Service (SMaaS) has     the future in sma...
Who am I?                                                          3• Walter Heck, 30 years old• Founder OlinData / Tribil...
In-house vs External                                             4Special circumstances:• No access to client server• No a...
Restrictions                                                   5 • Active only  • Only open firewall on our server on one ...
Targets                                                        6• Don’t monitor too much• Don’t monitor too often• When ex...
Challenges                                                         7• Agent doesn’t currently support encryption or  authe...
Backend                                             8•   Zabbix on a single server•   Drupal Frontend + Zabbix frontend   ...
Future plans                                                 9• Offer our own repackaging for major distros • Simplify set...
10Questions / Feedback ?
The End! http://tribily.com walter@tribily.com@tribily /@walterheck
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Zabbix over the Internet

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Zabbix over the Internet

  1. 1. Running Zabbix over the internetActive-only hosts over the web September 30th, 2011 Zabbix Conference, Riga, Latvia Walter Heck, Tribily.com
  2. 2. Introduction 2Server Monitoring as a Service (SMaaS) has the future in small/medium scale dedicated/virtual server monitoring
  3. 3. Who am I? 3• Walter Heck, 30 years old• Founder OlinData / Tribily• Ex-Delphi programmer• Narcoleptic• Traveler / hitchhiker / couchsurfer / diver / hiker / geek / environmentalist / metalhead
  4. 4. In-house vs External 4Special circumstances:• No access to client server• No access to client firewall• Have to assume the ‘dumbest’ user (KISS)
  5. 5. Restrictions 5 • Active only • Only open firewall on our server on one port • No proxies • No Distributed Monitoring • Targeting SME users
  6. 6. Targets 6• Don’t monitor too much• Don’t monitor too often• When external scripts needed, use bash preferrably, or otherwise perl or php• Prefer zabbix-triggered sender scripts over cron- triggered senders
  7. 7. Challenges 7• Agent doesn’t currently support encryption or authentication • Patch in the works, will contribute back if Zabbix SIA allows it• Developing templates for software/hardware we dont have in production• Worldwide alerting through text message (SMS) • Clickatell most wide coverage
  8. 8. Backend 8• Zabbix on a single server• Drupal Frontend + Zabbix frontend • On webserver with 10 other sites• Dual master MySQL setup • 8G RAM, 2* 750G HD’s, 2*4 core CPU• Hosted at Hetzner • Cheap, good connectivity • Reserve unlimited rackspace
  9. 9. Future plans 9• Offer our own repackaging for major distros • Simplify setup for customers• Worldwide phone call alerts • Global SIP/VOIP gateway?• Allow clients to plug in templates from http://zabbixtemplates.com
  10. 10. 10Questions / Feedback ?
  11. 11. The End! http://tribily.com walter@tribily.com@tribily /@walterheck

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