Watch these videos to understand how to get started with Checkmk and how to successfully monitor your IT infrastructure.
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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. 18: Creating and customizing dashboards in Checkmk
In this video of our Getting started with Checkmk series, Mathias explains how you can create and customize dashboards in Checkmk 2.0, so you can get insights into your monitoring according to your requirements. Find out more in this video.
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. 23: Working with the event console in Checkmk
Learn how to monitor events in Checkmk with the event console. It is useful for monitoring events from sources such as Syslog, SNMP Traps, Windows Event Logs, Log Files and user’s applications, etc.
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. 26: Monitoring Kubernetes with Checkmk
Learn how to monitor your Kubernetes clusters with Checkmk. With version 2.1, checkmk comes with pre-built dashboards for Kubernetes monitoring, so the user can gain actionable insights quickly and doesn't have to be an expert to optimize their Kubernetes clusters.
Ep. 27: Detecting issues and configuring alerts for Kubernetes clusters
In this video, Martin demonstrates how you can use the new Kubernetes dashboard to easily detect issues in your Kubernetes clusters. And how you can set up alerts for issues according to your requirements so you know about the right issues in time.
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. 31: Upgrading the Checkmk appliance to version 1.5
In this video, Robin demonstrates how you can upgrade the Checkmk appliance to firmware version 1.5. He also explains the process of upgrading the firmware of the clustered appliances to prevent compatibility issues etc. Watch this video to learn more.
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. 37: Monitoring Window's services with Checkmk
In this video, Robin demonstrates how you can monitor specific windows services using Checkmk. When you have many different services running on a windows host, you may require to monitor these services and configure alerts for them.
Ep. 38: Monitoring Windows Event Log and Custom Log Files with Checkmk
In this episode, Robin demonstrates how to monitor windows event logs and custom log files. The windows agent collects the event logs, but monitoring custom log files is done by creating specific rules
Ep. 39: Monitoring system updates with APT plugin in Checkmk
In this video, Robin demonstrates how to use the APT plugin in Checkmk to monitor system updates. When working with large environments, keeping track of system updates for all the systems might be difficult. With this Checkmk plugin, you can monitor and make sure all the critical updates are installed.
Ep. 40: Monitoring SSH Daemon configuration with Checkmk
Monitor your SSH daemon configuration using Checkmk. Accessing Linux systems via SSH is one of the most preferred methods. As this is a security-critical operation, one needs to configure it properly. With Checkmk you can monitor your configuration settings and make sure no change goes unnoticed.
Ep. 42: Working with the Local DNS plugin in Checkmk
In this video, Robin demonstrates how to use the local DNS plugin in Checkmk to monitor your local DNS resolution. If the domain names are not resolved properly by the local DNS, it may have unwanted effects on applications. Learn more in this video.
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.
Ep. 44: Working with the Datadog integration in Checkmk
In this video Sudhir demonstrates how you can use the datadog integration in Checkmk. The integration allows you to correlate data from the two systems, to speed up any root cause analysis and at the same time facilitate communication between Checkmk and Datadog users.
Ep. 45: Securing the Checkmk web interface with HTTPS
In this tutorial, Bastian demonstrates how to secure the Checkmk web interface with HTTPS. This ensures that the data transfer with the web UI is secured by encryption and the site is protected from various cyber attacks that may happen due to unsecured connection.
Ep 46: Working with the Checkmk REST API
In this video Bastian demonstrates how to use the Checkmk REST API. With the REST API you are able to perform tasks that are usually done using the Checkmk GUI. You can automate your daily tasks using this feature. The data is transmitted and executed with HTTP requests on the Checkmk server using commands or scripts. Learn more in this video.
Ep. 47: Securing the Checkmk web interface with HTTPS
In this tutorial, Bastian demonstrates how to secure the Checkmk web interface with HTTPS. This ensures that the data transfer with the web UI is secured by encryption and the site is protected from various cyberattacks that may happen due to unsecured connection.
Ep. 48: Monitoring file servers with Checkmk
Monitoring file servers is essential for ensuring best experience for people working remotely. In this video, Bastian demonstrates various configuration options in the file system check one can use to monitor their file server efficiently.
Ep. 49: Monitoring an Oracle database with Checkmk
In this tutorial, Sudhir demonstrates how you can set up monitoring for an Oracle database in Checkmk and the various options available in the plug-in. You can set up the monitoring via agent bakery but also via the command line. Watch this video to learn more