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Mastering Zabbix by Andrea Dalle Vacche, Stefano Lee

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Chapter 4. Collecting Data

Now that you have a Zabbix installation that is properly sized for your environment, you will want to actually start monitoring it. While it's quite easy to identify which hosts and appliances, physical or otherwise, you may want to monitor, it may not be immediately clear what actual measurements you should take on them. The metrics you can define on a host are called items, and this chapter will discuss their key features and characteristics. The first part will be more theoretical, and will focus on the following:

  • Items as metrics, not status checks
  • Data flow and directionality for items
  • Trapper items as a means to control the data flow

We will then move to a more practical and specific approach and will discuss how to ...

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