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System Monitoring with Checkmk - Part 1: Basics

Five-day training in Check_MK and OMD for beginners

With Checkmk, the setting up of a monitoring system is a breeze, even on large installations. Working with the command line is reduced to a minimum, as WATO provides a powerful graphical configuration interface. With this you do not need to be a Linux expert to implement a monitoring system that easily manages big and complex setups.

Using the Open Monitoring Distribution (OMD) as a basis makes installation and updates run very smoothly, including many popular addons such as NagVis (graphical visualization) and PNP4Nagios. (long-term recording of metrics)

In our basic course System Monitoring with Checkmk , you learn how to set up a professional monitoring system and structure it in a sensible way, to monitor the network, servers, operating systems and applications. You do not need any Linux expertise. All that you need to know, you will learn in the course. For this we follow a very practical approach. First we install a full monitoring environment with OMD, then we address the monitoring of Windows and Linux, network devices and services as well applications step by step. This way you learn how Checkmk operates, how acknowledgements and downtimes work, the difference between passive and active checks, how to configure notifications, how to assign hosts and services to users, and a lot more. Of course you will also learn all about the advantages Checkmk has compared to other systems and what it's users love about it, such as:
  • Automatic discovery and configuration of monitored services
  • The rule-based configuration based on host tags, that is an advantage especially in complex environments
  • Distributed Monitoring (centralized visualization of multiple monitoring servers)
  • The very customizable UI of Checkmk

With the add-on PNP4Nagios we will record and graphically evaluate metrics (e.g. PING times, network load, cpu utilization) over a longer period of time.

With NagVis we create graphical maps and diagrams to represent current system states clearly.


Screenshot of PNP.
Source: pnp4nagios.org
Note: After completing this course, or should you already have learned the contents in practice, you are optimally prepared for our exciting part two: Systemmonitoring mit Checkmk für Fortgeschrittene The speaker language for the training in Bucharest will be Romanian.

Course content

Introduction
attendees and lecturer
tribe29 company
conception of Checkmk
Getting Checkmk running
editions
download of Checkmk
installation
overview of the GUI
Adding hosts
hosts, services, agents
folders
our first host
adding services
monitoring Windows
monitoring via SNMP
Customizing agents
local checks
MRPE
customizing agent packages
automatic agent updates
The graphical user interface
customizing views
dashboards
active checks
the metric system
The operating
states of hosts and services
acknowledgements
scheduled downtimes
Rulebased configuration
rulebased configuration in general
hosttags
labels
predefined conditions
Tuning of the monitoring
motivation
filesystems
hosts, that may go down
switchports
hosts, that reboot
logwatch in Windows
averaging
predictive monitoring
timespecific parameters
intermittend errors
parents
processes and services
Advanced service management
ignore services permanently
discovery check
bulk discovery
Users and permissions
user management
roles and permissions
visibility of objects
Notifications
preliminary considerations
configuring notifications
time periods
Distributed monitoring
centralized state view
centralized configuration
the livestatus proxy daemon
encryption
HW/SW-inventory
activation
extended data using agent plugins
viewing changes
Summing up our configuration
useful usage of folders and hosttags
aggregations in performance graphs
Concluding functions
backup & restore
update of Checkmk

  • in English
  • for 5 days
  • at least 3 attendees
  • price 01/07/2020 - 31/12/2020 €2,726.00 (incl. VAT)
  • price after 01/01/2021 €2,796.50 (incl. VAT)
  • for IT administrators System monitoring beginners
  • Requirements: None.