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Agentless openstack monitoring using zabbix

Zabbix can be a tough cookie to crack!! And if you are planning to monitor Openstack using Zabbix, there is lot of additional work to be done .More so, if you want to go the agentless way, ie using SNMP

So, here we go.I am using Ubuntu 12.04 OS, both for my Zabbix server as well as openstack nodes

  • First you need to install the following packages using apt-get in the machine being monitored ie the openstack node

apt-get install snmpd
apt-get install snmp snmp-mibs-downloader

  • snmpd will be installed by default in your zabbix server, but you need to install the snmp and snmp-mibs-downloader packages as well in the server
  •  Once that is done, edit the /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf file in your openstack node. Update the following values
agentAddress udp:161,udp6:[::1]:161
rocommunity public <Ip of your zabbix server>
proc  apache2
proc  neutron-server
proc  nova-api

PS: the process names will depend on the openstack node. Name all the processes that you want to monitor

  • Create the openstack host in the Zabbix server, select snmp interface during the host creation
  • By default zabbix has snmp templates for monitoring disk space , cpu utilization, network interface status and  system uptime. You can attach those template to your host
  • Inorder to monitor memory of system using SNMP, we can make us eof the following OIDs to create new templates
Memory Statistics:
Total Swap Size: .
Available Swap Space: .
Total RAM in machine: .
Total RAM used: .
Total RAM Free: .
Total RAM Shared: .
Total RAM Buffered: .
Total Cached Memory: .

  • For eg, if you want to monitor the total RAM used, first execute the following command from the zabbix server
 snmpwalk -v 2c -c public <openstack node ip> .

You will be getting an output which will look like this]

UCD-SNMP-MIB::memAvailReal.0 = INTEGER: 2420936 kB

In this case memAvailReal.0 is the value you should be using for SNMP OID value in the next step
  • You can clone any of the existing SNMP templates, and create new items . You will have to update the 'key' and 'SNMP OID' value in the new item based on the above output. The Key can be any unique value, make sure that the OIDs match the value mentioned in above step
  • In case you want to monitor a process via snmp, as mentioned earlier, it should be defined on the machine's snmpd.conf. Now execute the following command from the zabbix server 

 snmpwalk -v 2c -c public <openstack node ip> prTable 
  • Output should look something like this

UCD-SNMP-MIB::prNames.1 = STRING: mountd
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prNames.2 = STRING: ntalkd
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prNames.3 = STRING: sendmail
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prNames.4 = STRING: /usr/bin/nova-api
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prNames.5 = STRING: apache2
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prNames.6 = STRING: neutron-server
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prNames.7 = STRING: nova-api
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prErrorFlag.1 = INTEGER: error(1)
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prErrorFlag.2 = INTEGER: noError(0)
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prErrorFlag.3 = INTEGER: error(1)
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prErrorFlag.4 = INTEGER: error(1)
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prErrorFlag.5 = INTEGER: noError(0)
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prErrorFlag.6 = INTEGER: noError(0)
UCD-SNMP-MIB::prErrorFlag.7 = INTEGER: noError(0)

Note the prErrorFlag.n field. We will be using this as SNMP OID in the template for process monitoring. The logic to be used, as clear from the output above is that, if the process is up and running the output will be noError(0)


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