How To Install Observium on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial we will show you how to install Observium on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Observium is a Network Management and Monitoring System that collects data from using SNMP and allows you to monitor all of the networks devices via an easy to use interface. It is PHP-based and uses a MySQL database to store data.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Observium system on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.

Install Observium on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP)  server.

A Ubuntu 16.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also install all required PHP modules:

Step 3. Installing Observium.

First, Go to Observium’s download page and download the latest stable version of Observium:

Unpack the Observium archive to the document root directory on your server:

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Observium.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

Configure it like this:

Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Observium. Run the following command:

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for Observium installation:

Next, Copy the default configuration file ‘config.php.default‘ to ‘config.php‘ and fill out the database  config options:

Changes the database configuration parameters with the ones created previously:

After you edit the file and modify the database parameters, the section should look like this:

Give Apache user www-data ownership of the Observium web files:

Run this script to Setup the MySQL database and insert the default schema:

Create the directory to store RRDs in and set the proper ownership:

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Observium.

Now we have to create the virtual host configuration for Observium. You can either add a new virtual host or alter the default one:

Add the following lines:

Next, you need to enable rewrite functionality for your Apache server:

Enable the PHP mcrypt module:

Now, we can restart Apache web server so that the changes take place:

Next, enter the observium directory:

Add a first user with the use level of 10 for admin. The command sintax is below:

We are using the following:

Step 6. Accessing Observium.

Observium will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Install Observium on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Observium. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing latest stable version of Observium on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Observium website.

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