System Monitoring with Checkmk - Part 1: Basics [German]

Five-day training in Checkmk 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.

Note: After completing this course, or should you already have learned the contents in practice, you are optimally prepared for our exciting part two: System Monitoring with Checkmk - Part 2: Advanced Topics. 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

Rule-based configuration

  • Rule-based configuration in general
  • Host tags
  • Labels
  • Predefined conditions

Tuning of the monitoring

  • Motivation
  • File systems
  • Hosts, that may go down
  • Switch ports
  • Hosts, that reboot
  • logwatch in Windows
  • Averaging
  • Predictive monitoring
  • time specific parameters
  • intermitted errors
  • parents
  • processes and services

Advanced service management

  • Ignoring 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

Hardware/Software inventory

  • Activation
  • Extended data using agent plugins
  • Viewing changes

Summing up our configurations

  • Useful usage of folders and host tags
  • Aggregations in performance graphs

Concluding functions

  • Backup and restore
  • update of Checkmk

Details

Language: German

Length: 5 days

Minimum n.o. of attendees: 3

Target audience: IT administrators System monitoring beginners

Requirements: None

Price 01/07/2020 - 31/12/2020
€2,726.00 (incl. VAT)

Price after 01/01/2021 €2,796.50 (incl. VAT)

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