How To Install Observium on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install Observium on Ubuntu 18.04

In this tutorial we will show you how to install Observium on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Observium is a Network Management and Monitoring System that collects data from multiple devices 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 on Ubuntu 18.04 server.

Install Observium on Ubuntu 18.04 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. Installing required packages dependency.

Install packages required by Observium:

Step 3. Install LEMP (Linux, Nginx, MariaDB and PHP)  server.

A Ubuntu 18.04 LEMP server is required. If you do not have LEMP installed, you can follow our guide here.

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:

Step 5. Installing Observium on CentOS 8.

First, add observium system user:

Now add this user to web user group www-data:

Download the latest Observium Community edition:

Next, change to the observium directory and create a config file:

Edit the file to set database connection:

Create rrd and logs directory:

Change permission of the directory:

Configure snmpd:

Configure String:

Then, restart snmpd:

Step 6. Configure Nginx.

Now, we create the VirtualHost definition for Nginx to load Observium web interface:

Now restart nginx for affect changes configuration:

Step 7. Configure Observium Web Interface.

Import MySQL scheme:

Then, add a user for accessing the Observium portal:

Step 8. Accessing Observium.

Observium will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://observium.server-ip-address.

Install Observium on Ubuntu 18.04

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Observium. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Observium on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Observium website.

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