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Mastering Zabbix by Andrea Dalle Vacche, Stefano Lee

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Discovering hosts

A third way to link templates to hosts is to let the server do it automatically by combining Zabbix's host-discovery facility with discovery actions.

Zabbix's discovery facilities consist of a set of rules that periodically scan the network, looking for new hosts, or disappearing ones, according to predetermined conditions.

The three methods in Zabbix that can be used to check for new or disappeared hosts, given an IP range, are:

  • Availability of a Zabbix agent
  • Availability of a SNMP agent
  • Response to simple external checks (FTP, SSH, and so on)
  • These checks can also be combined, as illustrated in the following example:
    Discovering hosts

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