Integrating with Zabbix

Zabbixis an open-source monitoring solution that monitors various parameters of a network and the health and integrity of servers, virtual machines, applications, services, databases, websites, the cloud, and so on.

Configure an integration with Zabbix, to view the event, metric, and topology data from Zabbix in the following products and derive actionable insights:

  • BMC Helix Operations Management
  • BMC Helix Discovery
  • BMC Helix AIOps


As a tenant administrator, perform the following steps to configure a connection with Zabbix, verify the connection, and view the collected data in various BMC products.

Plan for the connection

  • Choose the BMC Helix Intelligent Integrations deployment mode and review the corresponding port requirements. For information about various deployment modes and port requirements, see Deployment scenarios.
  • Based on the deployment mode, either use BMC Helix Intelligent Integrations or deploy the BMC Helix Intelligent Integrations on-premises gateway. For more information, see Deploying the BMC Helix Intelligent Integrations on-premises gateway.

To configure a connection with Zabbix

  1. In BMC Helix Intelligent Integrations, on the CONNECTORS tab, clickin the SOURCES panel.

  2. Click Zabbix.
  3. Specify the source connection details:
    1. Specify a unique instance name.

      Recommendation

      We recommend that you specify the instance name in the following format: 

      <sourceType>_<sourceControllerServerName>{_<InstanceQualifier>}                    

      The instance qualifier helps you to distinguish the multiple instances configured from the same source server. For example, you can name your instances as Zabbix_Host_PROD, Zabbix_Host_TEST, and so on.

    2. Specify the Zabbix host name. 
    3. Specify the Zabbix HTTP or HTTPS port number depending on the connection protocol (default value is 80).
    4. Select the HTTPS option to use an https connection to the Zabbix  host.

      Warning

      We recommend that you do not select the Allow Unsigned Certificate option in a production environment.  You might want to select this option to allow unsigned certificates in a test environment. See the Zabbix  documentation to learn how to install SSL certificates.


    5. Specify the number of maximum concurrent REST API requests that should be executed during a data collection schedule (default value is 5).
    6. NEW IN 23.1.01Select the Docker Zabbix option if you want to connect to containerized (docker) version (6.2) of Zabbix.

    7. Specify the user name and password. Ensure that the specified user can access the Zabbix REST API.
  4. Click VALIDATE AND CREATE.
    The specified connection details are validated and the source connection is created in the Source Connection list.
  5. Select the source connection that you created from the list if it is not selected already.

    Important

    The destination host connection is created and configured automatically for each tenant when the source connection is created.

  6. Ensure that the options for the datatypes for which you want to collect data are selected.
  7. Click a data type and specify the configuration parameters in the Collectors section as described in the following table:

    The (tick)  symbol indicates that this field is applicable to the data type and (error) indicates that this field is not applicable to the data type.

    Parameter name and descriptionData Type
    Zabbix EventsZabbix MetricsZabbix Topology

    Collection Schedule

    Specify the data collection frequency, in minutes. 

    Default: 5 minutes (events and metrics), 60 minutes (topology)

    Example (minutes):

    Collection Schedule is set to 5 mins. 
    Current time is 00:30.

    If you run the collector just after 00:30, data is collected every 5 mins, first at 00:30 and next at 00:35, and so on.

    For more information about how this parameter affects data collection, see Data collection schedule.

    (tick)


    (tick)


    (tick)


    Data Collection Window

    Specify the historical time period (in minutes) from the current time for which the data should be collected. 

    Default: 5 minutes (events and metrics), 60 minutes (topology)

    Example:

    Collection Schedule is set to 5 mins.
    Data Collection Window is set to 5 mins.
    Current time is 00:30.

    If you run the collector just after 00:30, data is collected first at 00:30 for the interval, 00:25 - 00:30, and next at 00:35 for the interval, 00:30 - 00:35, and so on.

    For more information about how this parameter affects data collection, see Data collection window.

    (tick)

    (tick)

    (tick)


    Data Latency

    Specify the time (in minutes) by which the data time window should be shifted back on the timeline.
    This parameter is useful in delayed data availability situations.

    Default: 0 minutes

    Example:

    Collection Schedule is set to 5 mins.
    Data Collection Window is set to 10 mins.
    Data Latency is set to 2 mins.
    Current time is 00:30.

    If you run the collector just after 00:30, data is collected first at 00:30 for the interval, 00:18 to 00:28 and next at 00:35 for the interval, 0:23 to 00:33, and so on.

    For more information about how this parameter affects data collection, see Data latency.

    (tick)(tick)(tick)

    Severities

    Select one or more event severities from the list.

    (tick)

    (error)(error)

    Query size

    Specify the number of queries to be sent to Zabbix so that it is not overloaded (default value is 25)

    (error)


    (tick)(error)

    Hosts

    Select All or a subset of hosts from the list.

    This list of hosts is updated automatically from Zabbix.

    (error)(tick)(error)

    Applications

    Select All or a subset of applications from the list.

    This list of applications is updated automatically from Zabbix.

    (error)(tick)(error)

  8. Click CREATE COLLECTORS to create the required collector streams for the selected data types
  9. Click a data type and specify the configuration parameters in the Distributors section as described in the following table:

    Parameter name and description

    Max Batching Size

    Specify the maximum number of data items to send in a single POST request to the destination API.
    The batch size
    depends on the destination’s ability to buffer the incoming data.

    Default: 250

    Max Batching Delay

    Specify the maximum time (in seconds) to wait before building a batch and processing.

    Default: 3 seconds 

    Base Retry Delay

    Specify the initial time (in seconds) for which to wait before retrying to build a batch and processing.
    The waiting time increases in the following sequence: n1, n2, n3, and so on, where n indicates the number of seconds.

    Default: 2 seconds

    Example:

    Base Retry Delay is set to 2 seconds.

    Retry is performed after 2, 4, 8, 16, ... seconds.

    Max Intra-Retry Delay

    Specify the maximum limit for the base retry delay. 

    Default: 60 seconds

    Example:

    Max Intra-Retry Delay is set to 60 seconds.
    Base Retry Delay is set to 2 seconds.

    Retries are performed 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64,... seconds later again.

    Max Retry Duration

    Specify the total time for retrying a delivery. For REST destinations, a delivery is a batch of data items in one POST request. 

    Default: 5 minutes

    Example:

    Max Retry Duration is set to 8 hours.
    Base Retry Delay is set to 2 seconds.

    Requests are sent for 2+4+8+16+32+64+132... until 8 hours in total duration is reached. After that, no subsequent attempts are made to retry the delivery.

    The assumption here is that if there is an outage or other issue with the destination tool, recovery should take less than the value of the Max Retry Duration parameter to be completed.


  10. Click CREATE DISTRIBUTORS to create the required distributor streams for the selected data types.
  11. Click one of the following buttons:
    • SAVE STREAM: Click this button if you want to edit the integration details before creating the instance. After you save the stream, the instance that you just created is listed in the SOURCES panel. Move the slider to the right to start the data stream.
    • SAVE AND START STREAM: Click this button if you want to save the integration details and start receiving data immediately.

For more information about data streams, see Starting or stopping data streams.


To verify the integration

In BMC Helix Intelligent Integrations , on the SOURCES panel, confirm that the data streams for the integration you created are running. Data streaming is indicated by moving colored arrows.

  • A moving dark blue arrow () indicates that the event stream is running. Event data will be pushed according to the configured Collection Schedule interval.
  • A moving red arrow () indicates that the metric stream is running. Metric data will be pushed according to the configured Collection Schedule interval.
  • A moving light blue arrow () indicates that the topology stream is running. Topology data will be pushed according to the configured Collection Schedule interval.

To view events in BMC Helix Operations Management

In BMC Helix Operations Management, select Monitoring > Events to view the events received from Zabbix .

Important

If an event does not include the source's host name from which the event has been received, the  Host  column on the Events page shows the name of the computer where Zabbix   is installed.

Incoming events from Zabbix are processed in BMC Helix Operations Management through a set of deduplication rules to determine whether the incoming event is a duplicate event or a new event. For more information, see Event deduplication and suppression for reducing event noise.

For information about events, see Monitoring and managing events Open link .

To view metrics in BMC Helix Operations Management

  1. In BMC Helix Operations Management, select Monitoring > Devices.
  2. Click the links for the required device.
  3. On the Monitors tab, click the required monitor.
    The Performance Overview tab shows the metrics graph. For information about metrics, see Viewing collected data Open link .

To view the topology data in BMC Helix Discovery

In BMC Helix Discovery, select Explore > Data, and click <count> Import Records in the Miscellaneous section. The Import Record List page shows the CI records received from Zabbix. For information about records, see Managing your IT infrastructure Open link .

To view services and situations in BMC Helix AIOps

Before you view services and situations in BMC Helix AIOps, create a Business Service model in BMC Helix Discovery. For information about creating models, see Creating a model Open link .  

In BMC Helix AIOps, on the Overview page, view the services and situations for the event and topology data received from Zabbix.

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