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:
- Quick start guide for Checkmk virt1Brief instructions for the Checkmk virt1
- Setting up with VirtualBoxDetailed instructions for using VirtualBox
- Setting up with VMware ESXDetailed instructions for using VMWare ESXi
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 later from the demo version to the full version
When you decide at a later date to purchase a subscription for the Enterprise Version, you can convert your demo appliance to a full version without loss of data: