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Checkmk Conference #6 is coming! Learn more about it here!

checkmk conference #6

April 27th-29th, 2020 | Munich


The last Checkmk Conferences were an enormous success and we are glad to meet again from April 27th to April 29th 2020 in Munich. Our international users are invited to be part of the conference, as we'll have English and German live interpreters during all speeches this year.

The Checkmk Conference is your unique opportunity to exchange views and experiences with other users and developers from all over the world and to meet the Checkmk team personally. You will learn about the newest developments and we guarantee again interesting and insightful speeches.

Currently we are arranging an entertaining supporting program for you and we are already looking forward to enjoying the open and relaxed atmosphere together with you!

Conference Location: Paulaner am Nockherberg at Hochstraße 77, 84541 Munich

Hotel Rooms: Holiday Inn Hotel at Hochstraße 3, 81669 Munich

Preliminary Agenda

This the preliminary agenda for the 6th Checkmk conference. Not all presentations are confirmed and many depend on the developments of the next months. But these are the topics, we want to speak about. We would like to get your feedback. You can discuss the agenda in our new Community Forum.

This year, we will for the first time also have workshops on Monday, just before the conference officialy starts.

Monday, April 27th

Ralf Spenneberg (Open Source Security)

Checkmk offers all the tools to enable enterprise-grade security. Sometimes the options are hidden, not enabled by default or need configuration. In this workshop security expert Ralf will discuss the Checkmk architecture in context of security and will explain and demonstrate the secure setup of a Checkmk installation. The Best security practices concerning the Checkmk agent connection, distributed WATO, access via SNMP and special agents, SSL/TLS connections to VMware and LDAP and the certificate store, the password store will be covered by this workshop. There is also time to discuss specific questions you might face in your own set-up.

Simon Jess (tribe29), Moritz Kiemer (tribe29)

Coming soon

Konstantin Büttner (tribe29)

Coming soon

Alexander Wilms (tribe29)

Coming soon

Andreas Bösl (tribe29)

Coming soon

Tuesday, April 28th

Jan Justus (tribe29), Mathias Kettner (tribe29)

Jan and Mathias will open this year’s conference with an overview of what have been accomplished since the last one. In this session, you’ll be informed on how you can actively participate and relay your feedback about everything tribe29 and Checkmk. They will also discuss the priorities for the next 12 months and our plans to further strengthen our documentation, technical support and community.

Lars Michelsen (tribe29)

A Checkmk Conference classic: Lars will fill you in with exciting updates on what’s next for Checkmk this year. Topics included will be the upcoming performance enhancements through the new ‘Helper’ design, the new MKP sync mechanism, new bakery features and baker API, new dashboarding, most awaited update to the graphing of the Raw Edition and the state of the Python 3 migration. He will also share planned changes to our release cycle.

Alexander Wilms (tribe29), Simone Mainardi (ntop)

ntop is one of the leading network monitoring tools for netflow monitoring and deep packet inspection. Based on strong demand from Checkmk customers, we are building a native integration of ntop into Checkmk to get quick visibility and fasten root cause analysis without the need to jump between tools. In this talk, Alex and Simone (ntop) will explain how the integration works, what use cases you can address and what you can expect going forward.

Consulting team (tribe29), Sergey Kipnis (tribe29)

With checkmk 1.6, a completely new Windows agent was introduced that also focused much more on doing ‘things the Windows way’. In this talk, Sergey and our Consulting team will discuss some of the lessons learnt to effectively migrate from the old to the new agent, the large number of additional enhancements that have since been developed and provide an outlook for a broadened Windows monitoring in Checkmk 1.7

Daniel Röttgermann (Swisscom)

Coming soon

Faye Tandog (tribe29)

Checkmk has a broad user base across the world and a large, active community. 2020 is the year where we aim to take it to the next level. In this talk, Faye will discuss our vision and plan to further harness the potential of our community by providing tools and programs to improve collaboration.

Mathias Kettner (tribe29)

Checkmk has grew drastically with its features over the last years, that the product has also become more complex. This year we have launched a UX project to rethink how you can more easily and intuitively navigate Checkmk. Mathias, always passionate about the customer perspective, will share with you our current UX design proposals and you will have the opportunity to provide instant feedback through interactive voting during the session.

Wednesday, April 29th

Christoph Rauch (tribe29)

Checkmk users have for a long time used the ‘Web-API’ to automate parts of the configuration and to extract live monitoring data from Checkmk. But there is surely a world beyond the Web-API. In this talk, Christoph will introduce our new REST-API that will replace the existing API and make many additional functionalities – especially now also around operating Checkmk – available to users via standard REST-API-calls.

Wontek Hong (tribe29), Marcel Arentz (tribe29)

Over the last years, many of our customers have seen an emerging co-existence between Checkmk (used by the Operations teams) and Prometheus (used by the development teams.) While each team was happy by itself, two silos were formed as a result, making fast root cause analysis problematic. We have thus developed an integration that lets Checkmk users import data from Prometheus, focusing first on Prometheus’ top Exporters. While doing this, Checkmk abstracts the complexity of Prometheus away while still enabling the user to benefit from Prometheus’ flexibility. Towards one integrated team! Wontek and Marcel will introduce Prometheus and walk you through the integration.

Moritz Kiemer (tribe29)

Many Check-Plugins employ very similar functionality. However, in practice, each Check implements its own version of this functionality. How functions are called and what variables are passed along differs across the board and is often counterintuitive. Thus Check-Plugin development requires a lot of “implicit” know-how and maintaining a large set of heterogenous Plugins becomes a daunting task. The new Check-API, that will also now be written in Python 3 (from 2.7), will solve this. Moritz will walk you through some of the design elements of the new API, some of the key changes brought about by Python 3 and what you can do to prepare your custom checks for the Check-API’s release as part of the next major release.

Andreas Döhler (Bechtle)

Coming soon

Consultant team (tribe29)

Especially before installing major Checkmk upgrades, it is strongly recommended to test the new version in a staging environment to avoid surprises in production. But how to go about this? Should I use the simulation mode? What should I test? How can I identify incompatible “Werks” that could be relevant for me? And how do I go about potential problems in my local folder? tribe29’s consultants will try to shed light on some of these questions to help you set-up or improve your own Checkmk staging environment.

Walter Fisch (tribe29)

Details: Checkmk does neither ‘call home’ nor gather any user data. Great! But the lack of automatically gathered user data can also increase the time to solve a support issue. To speed up ticket resolution time, we are introducing a support diagnostic that gathers relevant data in a manner fully transparent to the user to append this to your support requests. Walter will share our approach and how we plan to handle potentially sensitive data. He will gather and discuss any feedback, concerns or improvement ideas that you have.

Lars Michelsen (tribe29)

Details: In a traditional Checkmk Conference fashion, we will end the conference with a discussion about out roadmap towards the year 2021. The roadmap shared is our view before we spend the two days with you. During the conference we will learn a lot about your priorities, which we will subsequently integrate into our roadmap. In this session, Lars will provide you with a great picture on the overall direction where Checkmk is headed.

Thursday, April 30st

1 Breakfast on day 4 requires conference package 4

Tickets

Conference packages Package 1 Package 2 Package 3 Package 4
Overnight stay - Ja Ja Ja
Booked nights - 1
(04/28 - 04/29)
2
(04/27 - 04/29)
all 3
(04/27 - 04/30)
Early bird price (excl. VAT) €990 €1,065 €1,175 €1,290
Regular price (excl. VAT)2 €1,070 €1,170 €1,265 €1,365
Last chance price (excl. VAT) €1,125 €1,230 €1,330 €1,435
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Conference packages
Package 1
Overnight stay -
Booked nights -
Early bird price (excl. VAT) €990
Regular price (excl. VAT)2 €1,070
Last chance price (excl. VAT) €1,125
book now
Package 2
Overnight stay
Booked nights 1
(04/28 - 04/29)
Early bird price (excl. VAT) €1,065
Regular price (excl. VAT)2 €1,170
Last chance price (excl. VAT) €1,230
book now
Package 3
Overnight stay
Booked nights 2
(04/27 - 04/29)
Early bird price (excl. VAT) €1,175
Regular price (excl. VAT)2 €1,265
Last chance price (excl. VAT) €1,330
book now
Package 4
Overnight stay
Booked nights all 3
(04/27 - 04/30)
Early bird price (excl. VAT) €1,290
Regular price (excl. VAT)2 €1,365
Last chance price (excl. VAT) €1,435
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2 Regular tickets will be available until 02/29/2020.


Workshop tickets

Workshop Check Plug-In Development Advanced Check Plug-In Development Advanced Checkmk Performance Tuning Monitoring Best Practices
Language English German German German
Requirements Good knowledge of Python3 Experience in writing own check plug-ins3 Good experience with Checkmk3 None
Workshop excl. VAT €590 €590 €390 €390
Workshop with accomodation4 excl. VAT €734 €734 €534 €534
Workshop
Check Plug-In Development
Language English
Requirements Good knowledge of Python3
Workshop excl. VAT €590
Workshop with accomodation4 excl. VAT €734
Advanced Check Plug-In Development
Language German
Requirements Experience in writing own check plug-ins3
Workshop excl. VAT €590
Workshop with accomodation4 excl. VAT €734
Advanced Checkmk Performance Tuning
Language German
Requirements Good experience with Checkmk3
Workshop excl. VAT €390
Workshop with accomodation4 excl. VAT €534
Monitoring Best Practices
Language German
Requirements None
Workshop excl. VAT €390
Workshop with accomodation4 excl. VAT €534

3 These are the minimum requirements for the respective workshops. As they are one day workshops, we can't for example go into the basics of Python programming. Please reach out to us, if you have any questions.
4 Includes hotel accomodation on the 26th April (Sunday to Monday) including breakfast - can be combined with your conference booking


Impressions from past conferences