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checkmk conference #6
goes digital

April 28th-29th, 2020 | Online

Thanks for participating in the last Checkmk conference. Here you can find the presentations and the videos. Read also more about it in our blog

Conference videos
You can find a playlist with the videos from the conference on our YouTube channel. We will be adding more videos in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, April 28th

Jan Justus (tribe29), Mathias Kettner (tribe29)

Jan and Mathias will open the event with key lessons learnt from the community's feedback in last year's conference and provide an overview of this year's priorities. They will discuss our plans to further strengthen our documentation, technical support and community. You’ll also be informed on how you can actively participate and relay your feedback about everything tribe29 and Checkmk at the conference.

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Lars Michelsen (tribe29)

A Checkmk Conference classic: Lars will provide exciting updates on what’s next for Checkmk this year. He will go in-depth into the areas not covered in other sessions such as the upcoming performance enhancements through the new ‘Helper’ design, the new MKP sync mechanism, new bakery features and the bakery API, new dashboarding, the upgrading of the Raw Edition graphing and the state of the Python 3 migration. He will also share planned changes to our release cycle.

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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.

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Marcel Arentz (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

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Daniel Röttgermann (Swisscom)

Swisscom has one of the largest set-ups to monitor Oracle-based applications with Checkmk, serving many banks in Switzerland. In this talk Daniel will discuss Swisscom’s specific requirements, how Swisscom employs Oracle monitoring and manages the associated challenges. He will demo a variety of examples incl. different views, dashboards and the use of Checkmk’s inventory to assess the health of Oracle-based applications, the underlying Oracle DB and of Checkmk’s Oracle monitoring itself

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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.

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Mathias Kettner (tribe29)

Checkmk has grown 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.

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Various speakers

This year we bring a new format to the Checkmk conference - this is as interactive as it can get. The Ask Me Anything format is a well-established form to bring experts and the community together. Several of our product experts will answer all your questions - from monitoring & security best practices, check development, our development practices to the company behind Checkmk itself.

  • Engineering at tribe29 (DE) (Lars Michelsen)
  • Leading tribe29 (DE) (Mathias Kettner & Jan Justus)
  • Operating checkmk (EN) (Alex Wilms)
  • Developing your own check (EN) (Moritz Kiemer)
  • IT security (EN) (Ralf Spenneberg)

Various speakers

This year we bring a new format to the Checkmk conference - this is as interactive as it can get. The Ask Me Anything format is a well-established form to bring experts and the community together. Several of our product experts will answer all your questions - from monitoring & security best practices, check development, our development practices to the company behind Checkmk itself.

  • Engineering at tribe29 (EN) (Lars Michelsen)
  • Leading tribe29 (EN) (Mathias Kettner & Jan Justus)
  • Operating checkmk (DE) (Alex Wilms)
  • Developing your own check (DE) (Moritz Kiemer)
  • IT security (DE) (Ralf Spenneberg)

Various speakers

We invite you to a beer or wine as a round-up of the first day of the Checkmk conference. Typically, we would have enjoyed that together - spending some time with like-minded people is always something, which makes the Checkmk conference special. New times, new solutions - grab your favourite drink and some snacks and enjoy and be part of conversations around how Checkmk evolved, development practices, partnerships, the Checkmk community and where all of this is heading.

  • Development (DE) (Lars Michelsen, Mathias Kettner & Jan Justus)
  • Community (EN) (Faye Tandog & Martin Hirschvogel)
  • Partner (DE & EN) (Christoph Kuhn & Elias Völker

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.

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Wontek Hong (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 will introduce Prometheus and walk you through the integration.

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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.

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Andreas Döhler (Bechtle)

Microsoft Azure is one of the two dominant public cloud providers. More and more customers are shifting on-premise workloads into the cloud. Monitoring ‘the cloud’ is, however, quite distinct from an on-premise monitoring. In this talk, Andreas will explain these differences, taking one of his customer installations as example, and highlight how to overcome some of the inherent cloud monitoring challenges.

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Marcel Schulte (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.

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Walter Fisch (tribe29)

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.

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Lars Michelsen (tribe29)

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.

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