|[0:00:00]||Welcome to this Checkmk video tutorial. Today we'll speak about dashboards, dashboards in general and also, of course, how you can create your own dashboard.|
|[0:00:10]||Checkmk has brought quite a lot of new features and improvements in the version 2.0. We completely reworked the user interface made everything look more shiny and nice to use.|
|[0:00:22]||Also we introduced a couple of new elements that you can put on your dashboards and how this works. We'll see now. Let's get started.|
|[0:00:41]||So, what is a dashboard? When you log in to Checkmk, you'll see the Main dashboard. The Main dashboard consists of several boxes like Host statistics, Service statistics, maybe some metrics, performance graphs and so on.|
|[0:00:53]||So, generally it's a canvas where in boxes, there is arranged information. And what information this is, you can decide by creating your own dashboard. Maybe it's about one specific application or a network operating center or maybe just one host. And how this can be done? We'll see now.|
|[0:01:17]||As a first example, I want to add a graph of a single metric so I choose Add, Single metric graph. And here in all these fields, I just need three things.|
|[0:01:32]||First, the Hostname. I choose demo.checkmk.com. It's one of the servers that is monitored here on this system. And the Service is CPU load.|
|[0:01:44]||And when I have filled on these two fields, the Metric selection just shows the metrics of this service. In this case, I choose the first one it's CPU load average of last minute. And that's all I need. I can save. And you see we get our first element on the dashboard.|
|[0:02:03]||If you want, you can now move the element around or you can resize it. And if you're happy with that, simply press this icon to leave the layout mode and go back to the normal view.|
|[0:02:17]||One problem that you can see here is maybe that the title of this element doesn't show the host name that you have taken the metric from.|
|[0:02:28]||But you can edit that. Simply re-enter the layout mode, press this icon to enter the settings of the element, and here is a field called Custom title. And here I can, for example, write CPU load of demo. Save. Leave layout mode and you see you get the title CPU load of demo here at the top of the element.|
|[0:02:56]||As a second example, I now want to add a graph of a service that's not just a single metric but a graph with several metrics that you know from all the services in Checkmk.|
|[0:03:08]||As an example, let's go to the demo host and choose the service CPU utilization. As you can see here's a graph that consists of five metrics of user system I always see in total. And, so it's not a single metric. It's a complete graph template. And that I want to add to the dashboard.|
|[0:03:35]||So, let's go back to our dashboard. I go to MonItor and as you now can see our dashboard has been sorted into workplace and is available in the monitor menu.|
|[0:03:46]||So, I select the dashboard and now I choose Add, and this time we add a performance graph. This time again I need to select the Hostname, the Service description, this time CPU utilization.|
|[0:04:06]||And now I don't select a metric but one of the predefined graph templates. In this case, there's just one, it's called CPU utilization. And I save it and as you can see we have a second graph here. If you want to add such a graph to your dashboard, there's a much more convenient way.|
|[0:04:27]||Let's go back to the monitor host. And maybe this time we choose the service Memory. And you see there's lots of graphs here. And let's for example take the RAM and SWAP overview. And here in the menu you see Add to dashboard. I choose My first dashboard and now this graph is added to the dashboard.|
|[0:04:55]||You might be confused here because no new element has appeared. The reason is that new elements always appear at the top left corner. So, if you move this graph around, you will see that the other two are still here.|
|[0:05:07]||I place it somewhere. Leave the layout mode and you see we have now three graphs. Now let's add a different kind of element to the dashboard. This time, I just want to show a single metric without any historic values.|
|[0:05:22]||So again, I choose the Hostname. I choose a service maybe let's take the file system usage this time. Metric is Used file system percent.|
|[0:05:34]||And here I disable the historic values and save this and get one big number. Let's make this a bit smaller. Maybe move it here. Leave layout mode and as you can see we have one single metric without any historic values here. Okay, so maybe I want a second of these for a different service.|
|[0:06:04]||So, what I can do now is I press the middle icon in order to clone it. I get an exact copy of it. Let's move it here. Let's make it a bit smaller.|
|[0:06:16]||And now I will change the service that's being displayed. This time, let's maybe use something from the Memory. Let's display the Free RAM. Save this. And as you can see now we have two metrics being displayed.|
|[0:06:37]||Okay, so now we have a dashboard with some information. And yeah, let's face it, it's still a bit ugly because it's not very cleaned up.|
|[0:06:47]||So let's go back to layout mode. Let's clean up this a bit maybe make this a bit smaller, move that here, with this one here, and make it nicely fit our screen. And let's have a look. Looks better. Well, while this looks pretty nice, there's still a problem.|
|[0:07:22]||If I have a smaller screen or if I simply increase the zoom in the browser, you see some of the information will be cut off and not fit into the dashboard anymore. Or if I remove the sidebar, we have a different thing. We have lots of nice base that's not being used by the graphs.|
|[0:07:41]||The dashboards that come with Checkmk do not have that problem. They perfectly adapt to the actual screen size. And now I show you how you can improve your dashboard that it also uses the screen size.|
|[0:07:53]||Okay, so let's enter layout mode again. And first, let's start with the element at the bottom. You see there are two green buttons.|
The first one is labeled manual width. If you click once on it, it changes to auto width and now the width is automatic. You can see that there's no possibility anymore to change the width here with the mouse.
|[0:08:21]||So, if I, for example, remove the sidebar, you see, that this element takes over all the available width. Or if I increase the browser zoom, you can see that it's getting more and more width.|
|[0:08:39]||What's still missing is the height. But as you can see, there's a second button called manual height. Let's change that to auto height and now this element will take over all height and width that's available. So, next let's address the small element.|
|[0:08:57]||It doesn't make much sense to make them wider since the number is being visible anyway. But what we want to achieve is that they are placed at the right border of the area. So, I, of course, I can move this one here to the right.|
|[0:09:13]||But now if I make the screen smaller, it's going to be cut off. So, that's not a good solution.|
|[0:09:23]||The better solution is to change the anchoring point which is one of the four corners. If you click on this corner, you see, that now it will stick to that position from the right side of the screen. So, if i place it now to the absolute corner, you see, it will stick at the corner.|
|[0:09:48]||So, let's make the same with the second element here. I put the anchor on the right side. I move it here. And now these two nicely stick to the right side of the screen.|
|[0:09:59]||So, the next step is simply choose automatic width also for this element. And as you can see, this will take over all the available width that is not being used by these small elements.|
|[0:10:18]||Okay, so now let's deal with this middle element. Of course, we can make manual automatic width which is nice because now it uses all the available width.|
|[0:10:29]||But we want these bottom two elements to share the remaining screen height. So, because it's not very useful that one of the graphs gets all the height and the other remains very very tiny.|
|[0:10:43]||So, what we can make is change that one to automatic height. But it still doesn't work. What's the reason? The reason is the anchor of the bottom element is at the top left, so it always begins at this absolute position.|
|[0:11:02]||What we need to change is to move this anchor to the bottom left. So these both grow towards each other. And they by that way share all the width. And every element gets 50 percent of the width which is much more useful. So here, you see, I can leave the layout mode. And now you see that we have a nice self-adapting dashboard.|
|[0:11:27]||So, thanks for watching. I hope this was helpful and see you next time.|
Ep. 1: Installing Checkmk 2.0 and monitoring your first host
In this video, Baris explains how to take get started with Checkmk and start monitoring your first host within a few minutes.
Ep. 2: The Checkmk 2.0 user interface
In this video, Baris take you through the new user interface in Checkmk 2.0. He explains the various components of the User interface such as the new navigation menus, the Sidebar, main dashboard, tactical overview, how to switch between the Checkmk interface themes and much more
Ep. 3: Using SNMP to monitor network devices in Checkmk 2.0
In this episode, Baris explains how to monitor network devices with Checkmk. SNMP is a protocol that many switches, routers, printers, UPSs, hardware sensors and other devices have implemented with the purpose of being able to monitor them easily.
Ep. 4: Monitoring Windows in Checkmk
In this video of our Getting started with Checkmk series, Baris explains how to install a Checkmk agent on a Windows host system and add that into your monitoring environment.
Ep. 5: Using metrics and graphs in Checkmk 2.0
In the 5th episode of the Getting started with Checkmk series, Baris explains using various metrics that you can monitor in Checkmk such as CPU utilization, CPU load etc. You can also see graph visualizations for these metrics or create and customize your own as per your requirements.
Ep. 6: Updating Checkmk 2.0 and using multiple instances
In this video, Baris explains how to update your Checkmk instance. It is very easy and can be done within minutes. You can run multiple Checkmk instances with different versions on the same system. This gives you the flexibility to test the new version before using it in production.
Ep. 7 (part 1): Working with rules and setting thresholds in Checkmk
In the following three-part videos series, Baris explains rule-based monitoring with Checkmk. In the first part, he shows you how you can work with rules and set threshold values. Rule-based configuration is one of the key features for Checkmk which helps you to scale your monitoring easily within minutes.
Ep. 7 (part 2): Smart rules with Host Tags in Checkmk
In the second part of this video, Baris explains using Smart rules with host tags in Checkmk. In the first part, he shows you how you can work with rules and set threshold values. These are features that you can use to build your rules even more intelligently and to better organize your monitoring.
Ep. 7 (part 3): Managing Hosts in Folder in Checkmk
In this final part of our episode on Rule-based monitoring in Checkmk, Baris demonstrates how to manage hosts in folders in Checkmk. This helps you to apply your monitoring configurations at scale and organize your hosts according to your needs.
Ep. 8: Working with Host and Service Groups in Checkmk
In this Baris demonstrates how to create host and service groups in Checkmk, so you can perform actions on an entire group instead of configuring each of them individually.
Ep. 9: Using the Quicksearch function in Checkmk
In this episode of the Checkmk tutorials, Baris shows how you can use the Quicksearch function in Checkmk. You can use it to easily find and manage certain hosts or services. He also explains some examples of filters to you. In Checkmk 2.0 you can use the same syntax in the Seach function found in the monitor menu to get identical results.
Ep. 10: Detecting configuration errors with the Analyze Configuration feature
With the Analyze Configuration feature, you can check if there are any configuration errors in your installation. Checkmk controls a number of possible security risks or potential performance restrictions and indicates if there are any problems.
Ep. 11: View creation and customization in Checkmk
In this video, Baris demonstrates how to customize headers, columns, and more in Views in Checkmk for yourself or other users. He also explains how to create custom views and add desired information to these views.
Ep. 12: Acknowledging problems in Checkmk
In this video, Baris explains how you can acknowledge problems in Checkmk. This function helps you to qualify the states of hosts and services. This allows you to keep track of messages in the main dashboard and, for example, you can add comments to problems.
Ep. 13: Scheduling downtimes in Checkmk
In the episode of our Getting started with Checkmk series, Baris explains how you can manage the maintenance times of your systems in Checkmk. Such scheduled downtimes prevent your monitoring from sending false alarms when a host or service goes to WARN or CRIT during maintenance work. You can also inform the users concerned about the maintenance via Checkmk.
Ep. 14: Distributed monitoring with Checkmk
In this video, Baris explains how you can connect several Checkmk instances to a monitoring system and then manage it.
Ep. 15: MKPs and Plugins in Checkmk
In the 15th episode of our Getting started with Checkmk tutorial series, Baris explains what are Checkmk Extension Packages (MKPs) and how easy it is to integrate them into your Checkmk monitoring environment. MKPs are the preferred format when you make your own extensions as it makes it easy to share with other users or deploy in distributed environments.
Ep. 16: Working with 'Bulk Actions' in Checkmk
In this episode of our Checkmk tutorials series, Baris explains how you can save a lot of time with bulk actions. With this feature you can perform various tasks such as deleting, renaming, service discovery etc. on a large number of hosts simultaneously.
Ep. 17: Working with network topologies in Checkmk
In this video of our gettign startted with Checkmk series, Baris explains how to map network topologies in Checkmk. This feature is quite helpful to manage your network and prevent any unnecessary notifications from the devices in your network.
Ep. 19: Monitoring websites and their certificates with Checkmk
In this episode, Bastian demonstrates how to monitor a website and its certificate with Checkmk. You can also monitor specific web pages with Checkmk by using the several options that will suit your use case. Learn more in this video.
Ep. 20: Configuring dashboard elements in Checkmk
Learn how to add data visualization elements of the various metrics into your Checkmk Dashboard. In this video, Mathias explains how you can configure these elements and create a dashboard as per your requirements.
Ep. 21: Setting up notifications in Checkmk
Learn how to set up notifications in Checkmk and assign relevant contacts and contact groups to be notified for various events. Later in this video, our presenter Bastian also demonstrates how you can set up rule-based notifications according to different conditions for hosts and services.
Ep. 22: Monitoring logfiles with Checkmk
Monitor your logfiles with Checkmk using its Logwatch plugin. It is very useful when you want to monitor your logfiles regardless of whether you are using a UNIX/Linux or a windows based system. Learn more in this video.
Ep. 24: 3 Rules for efficient network monitoring
In this video, Bastian demonstrates 3 rules that will help you to efficiently monitor your network interfaces. With Checkmk 2.0, with just three rules, you can set up an efficient network monitoring that will not only monitor all of your network interfaces but also simultaneously provide a detailed overview of all of your ports.
Ep. 25: New UX and security improvements in Checkmk 2.1
Checkmk 2.1 come with many UX improvements such as pre-built dashboards for Linux and Windows, faster core performance and much more. Security features such as two-factor authentication etc. were also added in this new version. Watch this video to learn how to use these new features and enhancements in Checkmk.
Ep. 28: Working with InfluxDB integration in Checkmk
Learn how to send data to InfluxDB from Checkmk. As InfluxDB introduced a new protocol to send data to it, a new connector was developed with Checkmk to talk natively with it. Learn more about it in this video.
Ep. 29: New agent architecture in Checkmk 2.1
With Checkmk 2.1, the agent architecture was modified to enable performance improvements and add new features such as TLS encryption, data compression, and the reversal of direction of communication from the agent. This will enable push mode and pull mode.
Ep. 30: Clustering the Checkmk appliance
In this video, Robin demonstrates how you can cluster your Checkmk appliance to make it resilient against hardware failures. If you are using the Checkmk hardware appliance, it may be helpful to cluster your appliance to maintain high availability.
Ep. 32: Working with the Agent bakery in Checkmk
In this video, Robin demonstrates how to roll out agent packages with the required configuration for different monitored systems using the agent bakery in Checkmk. The "Automatic agent update" is quite a helpful feature as it pulls the latest configurations for an agent automatically and you don't need to manually update all of your agents deployed on different systems.
Ep 33: Monitoring Docker containers with Checkmk
Learn how to monitor Docker containers with Checkmk.In this video, Robin demonstrates the process of setting up a rule to configure the docker plugin and bake an agent with the desired settings for the Docker host.
Ep 34: Introduction to Checkmk Ansible collection
Last year the Checkmk Ansible collection was created to interact with the Checkmk REST API. In this video, Robin demonstrates how you can use this Ansible collection to automate your monitoring with Checkmk.
Ep 35: Monitoring SQL databases with Checkmk
In this video, Robin demonstrates how you can configure your Checkmk site to monitor your SQL databases. As there are many flavours of SQL databases, the process is mostly the same.
Ep. 36: Introduction to different types of checks for monitoring with Checkmk
Learn about the different types of "checks" and services in Checkmk. In this video, Robin demonstrates how you can expand the information collected by your Checkmk agent using these different "Checks".
Ep. 43: Working with Hardware/Software inventory in Checkmk
In this video, Robin demonstrates the hardware/software inventory feature in Checkmk. With this feature one can get an overview of various pieces of hardware present in their servers, switches etc. and also the software packages installed on their operating system. Watch this video to learn more.