Introducing Checkmk 2.0

The biggest Checkmk release yet. Modern monitoring to bridge the gap between IT Ops and DevOps Teams

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USER EXPERIENCE

A redesigned interface for a better user experience

Fast-paced organizations need to tackle their challenges quickly. That's why for Checkmk 2.0, we worked hard to bring a dramatic user experience improvement, to enable both beginners and experts to focus on what matters and get things done easier and faster.

We completely changed the navigation and introduced the Navbar and SideBar, meticulously refining the details to reduce cognitive load and make it simpler for you to find what you need.

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Main menu in Checkmk 2.0

Simplified main navigation with new Navbar & Sidebar

Search function in Checkmk 2.0

Get things done faster with new search functionality

New categorization of rules

New categorization of rules

Improved filters for views

Improved filters for views

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Beginner and Expert mode +
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Dynamic filters

Dynamic filters

Label auto discovery

Auto-discovery for labels, host & service labels for notification

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Understand your tag usage with new overview page

Simplified service discovery

Simplified service discovery

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PRO-ACTIVE MONITORING

Make better decisions with Forecast Analytics

Checkmk enables you to be in control when a problem in your IT occurs. Now, we want to take it further and help you tackle issues before they arise.

Forecasting was already introduced as a preview in the last Checkmk version and we have enhanced it further for Checkmk 2.0. The prediction engine is powered by a sophisticated model that can consider many factors that your data shows on a daily basis. It's designed mainly for capacity forecasts, but is also applicable to a variety of other use cases (Enterprise only).

MODERN GRAPHING

Modern graphs for the Checkmk Raw Edition

Our open source users now finally have a modern graphing system! We have ported most of the Enterprise Edition's graphing system to the Checkmk Raw Edition, replacing the old PNP4nagios graphing. Some features like custom graphing remain exclusive to the Enterprise Edition though.

It's now also possible to connect Grafana to the Checkmk Raw Edition.

 

Modern graphs in the Checkmk Raw Edition
DASHBOARDS

Powerful dashboard features

Everything you need at a glance. Take advantage of highly customizable dashboards, with new dashlets that you can customize to visualize your most important metrics.

Off-the-shelf dashboards

Quickly get an overview of your IT with the new main dashboard (Enterprise only), dive deeper with the problem dashboard and monitor the health of your monitoring servers with the Checkmk dashboard.

Dashboard customization

Intuitively adapt the dashboards to your needs with sophisticated algorithms that render the dashboard exactly to individual screen sizes.

New element: Host maps

Find hosts with issues quickly with the new host maps. (Enterprise only)

New element: Single Metrics

Use different dashlets for a single metric to visualize important monitoring data. (Enterprise only)

New element: Scatterplots

Quickly identify anomalies by visualizing multiple metrics over time. (Enterprise only)

New element: Bar Chart

See patterns and detect unusual surges or plunges. (Enterprise only)

Prometheus integration

Simplicity of Checkmk + Flexibility of Prometheus

As IT infrastructure gets even more complex, ITOps and DevOps teams need to collaborate closely more than ever. This has been our motivation in launching the Prometheus integration in 1.6, and improving it further based on our community's feedback.

The integration offers a flexible and powerful Kubernetes monitoring via integration of important Prometheus exporters.

PromQL queries are integrated with configurable thresholds. The integration now also supports namespace filtering, HTTPS, global proxy, certificate verification and improved configuration.

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Cloud & container monitoring

Extended Cloud and Container Monitoring

Enhanced support for organizations with hybrid infrastructure.

  • AWS
    • Support of proxies in special agent
    • Improved monitoring for ELB
    • Improved monitoring for EC2 & RDS
    • New Glacier monitoring
    • New DynamoDB monitoring
    • New Web Application Firewalls (v2 only) monitoring
  • Azure: Active Directory Connect monitoring
  • Kubernetes
    • Ingress, jobs, endpoints, pod conditions monitoring & several bug-fixes
    • Use of namespaces as a host prefix
    • Support for new Kubernetes versions

Network flow monitoring

Detailed insights into your network

Checkmk has always been a reliable tool in monitoring the status of everything in your network. Now you can also have an in-depth analysis of your network traffic with the integration of network flows into Checkmk via ntop (Enterprise only).

  • Traffic dashboards for your network
  • View alerts, characterized by duration, severity and alert type
  • Filter flows in many dimensions to analyze your networks
  • Detailed views for your hosts: traffic, packets, ports, peers

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Network interface and switch port monitoring

Simplified configuration for network monitoring

Simpler network interface monitoring with reworked discovery rulesets for network interfaces & switch ports. Monitor individual or grouped interfaces with one ruleset now and configure them with a more intuitive workflow.


Automation

Introducing the new REST-API

Major leap to improve how you can automate your configuration and monitoring with the new REST-API — built using best practices with always up-to-date docs.

The new REST-API provides more functionality than the existing APIs, e.g. now supporting downtimes, time periods, problem acknowledgements, agent bakery and the BI.

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Extensibility

Easier custom plug-in development

Developing your own extensions for Checkmk is now much simpler with a versioned, well-defined API.

  • It is easier to write check plug-ins
  • You can run checks separately
  • You can leverage Python IDEs
  • You can test your code
  • And many improvements in the detail (e.g. cluster compatibility)

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Automation and extensibility

More improvements to automate your monitoring

Updates to automate your monitoring so you can let Checkmk do all the work for you. The agent bakery (Enterprise only) has been improved and comes with new features as well:

  • Distributed Agent Updates for roll-out in segmented networks
  • Create bakery plug-ins easier & faster with the Bakery API
  • Roll-out custom plug-ins due to support of local files
  • Configurable network service (systemd or xinetd) for Linux agents
  • Dynamically handle Python version on monitored host

We also added an API for the dynamic configuration, so that you can build custom connectors.

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PERFORMANCE

Up to 4x less memory usage at same performance

Checkmk 2.0 is packed with new features, and normally with great power comes great resource usage. However, instead of making you worry on how your resources can cope, we changed a crucial part of the software architecture altogether: a new helper model for the the Checkmk Microcore (Enterprise only).

Here are the some further performance improvement highlights for this version:

  • Faster activate changes in distributed monitoring with incremental config sync
  • Improved speed of site snapshot packaging for distributed monitoring
  • Up to 100x faster update of DNS entries of hosts
  • Up to 6x faster configuration loading time for setups with many folders
  • Faster rule evaluation by using explicit host attributes
  • Improved handling of sites with large number of piggyback hosts
  • Faster rendering of graphs with high data resolution

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EXTEND THE MONITORING BASE

Improved Windows agent platform

Continuous improvement of the Windows agent after a complete rewrite in the previous Checkmk version. Now coming with an optional Python environment.

  • Support for cross-platform agent plug-ins
  • No more false virus alarms for agent updater
  • Improved stability and performance
  • Improved diagnostics
  • No more manual configuration of Windows Firewall
  • And many further bug and security fixes and usability improvements
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TESTIMONIALS

Checkmk 2.0 provides great experience!

Users say that Checkmk 2.0 has greatly improved their monitoring experience. Here are a few comments that we have received:

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EXTEND THE MONITORING BASE

Now with over 2,000 check plug-ins

Checkmk continues to adapt to the modern organization’s complex monitoring needs. The new version comes with new plug-ins and improvements to the existing ones, covering your server monitoring, network and application monitoring use cases.

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    New features like monitoring of jobs, the discovery of host labels through Checkmk agents, support of diskstat rulesets, and unification of memory checks

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    New check plug-in to monitor APC dry contact sensors

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    Monitoring of basic BGB information via SNMP and monitoring of temperature  sensors of Arista  DCS-7280 switches

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    New checks for Aruba 5400R ZL2 and other Aruba network devices

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    Plug-ins to monitor Check Point firewalls and virtual systems are now ready to be used

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    Added support for Cisco devices like Prime, Aironet 1530, ISE SNS-3595, C240 M5, C220 M4S and ASA

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    Several new devices from UCS product group like UCS C240 M5 or UCS C220

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    More than 10 new plug-ins to monitor Couchbase buckets and nodes in-depth

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    Improved monitoring of Dell PowerEdge servers

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    Extension of the UCD SNMP monitoring, for example, now the UDP scan function is able to detect devices such as Dell EMC ECS systems

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    New check for monitoring of elasticsearch indices

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    A full suite of new checks to monitor Entersekt solutions

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    Checkmk can monitor the capacity of thin provisioning pools of your Fujitsu storage system now

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    Checkmk helps you to stay on top by providing 11 new checks t to monitor graylog

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    Checkmk now supports Gude Expert Box 7214 devices

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    Added support for 8029HEPTA devices in addition to the already supported 8030HEPTA series

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    New ability  to monitor HP StoreOnce storage systems via the REST API version 4.x and upwards

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    Newly added monitoring for switches  and WLAN controller (WLC) like models S5720 or S6720

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    STE and STE2 for HWG devices is now supported

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    Monitor managers, channels, and queues of your IBM MQ

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    We revised several aspects of the JVM monitoring

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    With a new special agent and several new checks you can monitor Jenkins like never before

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    With the new powerful special agent and checks to monitor Jira, it's possible to query given projects and their workflows

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    Checkmk 2.0 comes with improved and new checks to monitor Juniper devices such as Juniper Trapeze

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    With the improved monitoring, Checkmk can detect more services in Domino hosts

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    Monitor your NosSQL database with several new checks for MongoDB to monitor cluster relevant parameters

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    We extended monitoring for MySQL, especially around Galera

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    Several new checks for the NetApp API are now available

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    Improved monitoring for Nutanix Prism

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    It's now possible to monitor the state of OpenBSD indicator, drive and power supply sensors

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    The new plugin runs now in your Solaris environment as operating system specific commands

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    Plenty of new checks to monitor your Oracle databases in depth

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    Monitor Postgre DBs under Linux as well as under Windows with the new checks

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    The new Proxmox monitoring makes sure your virtualization management platform never goes down

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    Monitor CPU utilization, memory utilization, disk utilization, temperature and log file usage of your Pulse Secure appliances

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    You can now monitor the fan speed, temperature, voltage devices for Quanta Cloud Technology systems

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    We are introducing check plug-ins for monitoring temperature and fan behaviour of Qnap devices

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    New special agent and checks to monitor RabbitMQ

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    Several updates like a new agent plug-to to  support instances listening on Unix sockets

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    Extended monitoring for SAP HANA

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    Checkmk 2.0 comes with a new check, which monitors the device states of all ScaleIO Data Servers

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    A new check allows you to monitor dongle ports of SEH dongle server devices

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    New check plugin to monitor active alarms of Silver Peak's VX6000 WAN Optimization software

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    Monitor your Sophos devices with several new checks

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    Thanks to the new checks, Checkmk is now able to monitor  Teracom TCW241 devices

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    Checkmk is now supporting network devices from TP-Link

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    Four new checks to monitor Vutlan sensors are now ready to be used

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