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Installation of a virtual appliance

Checkmk Manual
Last updated: February 2 2017

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1. Installation of a virtual appliance

With the virtual appliance you can operate Checkmk as a guest on an emulator such as VMware or HyperV. VirtualBox is also supported and is particularly suitable for testing.

Checkmk virt1 comes completely preinstalled as OVA data with operating system and is ready for use. It is set up using a dialog and can be configured via its own web user interface. No knowledge of Linux is required. The procedure is as follows:

1.1. Download the OVA file

From the download page download the latest appropriate version of the OVA file. This will require a valid subscription with the virt1 option. Alternatively, for a trial the demo version can be used (Checkmk virt1 (demo)). This is free and contains a demo version of Checkmk. The OVA file is approximately 750 MB.

1.2. Setting up the virtual machine

Follow one of the instructions below:

1.3. Create a monitoring instance

If not already done, create a new Monitoring instance, e.g. with the name mysite. Choose the latest available Checkmk version. This is achieved via the appliance's web interface. Details may be found in article on monitoring instances from the appliance's handbook.

1.4. Login to the web interface for the instance.

The web interface can be reached at http://HOSTNAME/mysite/. Use the credentials which you already defined with the creation of the instance.

Your Checkmk system is now ready for use. For a brief tutorial on how to configure Checkmk and start monitoring, please read our Introduction to monitoring with Checkmk guide.

2. Upgrading from Free Edition to Standard Edition

When you decide at a later date to purchase a subscription for the  Checkmk Enterprise Standard Edition, you can convert your demo appliance to a full version without loss of data:

  1. Load a current firmware full version on to the appliance via the web interface.
  2. Install a full version of the Standard Edition or Managed Services Edition in the appliance's version management.
  3. Change the desired instances to this version in the appliance's instance management.