How To Install Zabbix on CentOS 8

Install Zabbix on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Zabbix on your CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Zabbix is an open-source monitoring tool that is ideal for monitoring your cloud servers. Zabbix is very flexible, information can be retrieved using HTTP/SNMP or by installing a Zabbix agent on the machines to monitor, and allows a lot of customization.

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 Zabbix on a CentOS 8 server.

Install Zabbix on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Install LAMP server.

A CentOS 8 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here.

Step 3. Installing Zabbix on CentOS 8.

Zabbix packages are not available in the base CentOS repository. So, to get Zabbix packages, we need to install the Zabbix repository configuration package:

rpm -Uvh https://repo.zabbix.com/zabbix/4.4/rhel/8/x86_64/zabbix-release-4.4-1.el8.noarch.rpm

After adding zabbix dnf repository in your system, Now update package lists and install Zabbix using commands:

sudo dnf install -y zabbix-server-mysql zabbix-web-mysql zabbix-agent zabbix-apache-conf

Step 4. Configure MariaDB for Zabbix.

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

mysql_secure_installation

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

mysql -u root -p

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 the Zabbix software:

MariaDB [(none)]> create database zabbixdb character set utf8 collate utf8_bin;
MariaDB [(none)]> grant all privileges on zabbixdb.* to zabbixuser@localhost identified by 'password';
MariaDB [(none)]> flush privileges;
MariaDB [(none)]> exit

Now that the database and user are ready, initial import schema and data into it.

cd /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql/
zcat create.sql.gz | mysql -u zabbixuser -p zabbixdb

Next, edit zabbix server configuration file:

nano /etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf
...................................
DBHost=localhost
DBName=zabbixdb
DBUser=zabbixuser
DBPassword=password
...................................

Save and close the file. Start/Restart zabbix and httpd services and make them start automatically on every reboot:

sudo systemctl restart zabbix-server zabbix-agent httpd php-fpm
sudo systemctl enable zabbix-server zabbix-agent httpd mariadb

Step 5. Configure Firewall.

Configure the firewall to allow the Zabbix agent to reach the Zabbix server:

firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=10050/tcp
firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=10051/tcp
firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=80/tcp
firewall-cmd --reload

Step 6. Accessing Zabbix.

Zabbix will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com/zabbix or http://server-ip/zabbix and complete the required steps to finish the installation.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Zabbix. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Zabbix Monitoring Tool on your CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Zabbix website.

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