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Zabbix + Docker Containers Rocks

How to Install Zabbix on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS As Docker at WSL 2— DockerSeries — Episode 00

In this post, we will install Zabbix on a Docker using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and MS WSL 2.

Vid 1. All-in-one 8 1/2 minutes Video \o/

Created by Alexey Vladyshev, supported by Zabbix SIA, Zabbix is an Enterprise-Class Open Source Monitoring Solution.

Fig 1. This image is the Zabbix office entry door in Russia.

What can Zabbix monitor?

. Network; 
. Server (Health & Integrity);
. Machines, VMs;
. Apps;
. Services;
. Databases;
. Websites;
. The clouds
. And more...

What Zabbix offers:

. Excellent Reporting;
. Data Visualisation Features based on the stored data
. Zabbix API

Zabbix is ideal for Capacity Planning.

Zabbix is free of cost, distributed under GLP license v2 (source is freely distributed:)


. Data gathering 
. Support SNMP - Simple Network Management Protocol
IPMI - Intelligent Platform Management Interface
JMX - Java Management Extensions
cloud computing
. Metric Collection
. Problem Detection
. Visualisation
. Notification & Remediation
. Security & Authentication
. Effortless deployment
. Auto Discovery
. Distributed Monitoring

Let’s Practice right now!

In the end of these steps you should be running Zabbix instance on your Windows 10 platform and you will have more conditions to study this brilliant monitoring solution in-depth and locally :)

Simply perform these procedures below:

00# Step — Install Windows Subsystem for Linux Installation Guide for Windows 10;

Please follow the Microsoft tutorial.

01 # Step — Now you can install Windows Terminal.

This tool has become a standard service for users who now access tools such as Command Prompt, Windows Power shell, and Windows Subsystem for Linux.

How To Install Windows Terminal?

Open the Windows Store and search for “Windows Terminal”:)

Open the Windows Terminal, Click on the drop-down icon (1) and choose Settings (2):

Fig 2. Look for this link to go to the MS Store:)
Fig 3. Click on MS Store and you are good to go!

Please Choose Ubuntu 20.04 LTS at MS Store:

Fig 4. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is free! Go and get it now!!!

02# Step — Installing Docker machine;

Type as admin at prompt:

sudo apt-get update

curl -fsSL https://get.docker.com -o get-docker.sh
sudo sh get-docker.sh# If you would like to use Docker as a non-root user, you should now # consider adding your user to the “docker” group with somethingsudo usermod -aG docker <your-user>

03 # Step — Now run these scripts commands on Ubuntu 20:

Installing Zabbix docker on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

#Container #1

docker run --name mysql-server -t -e MYSQL_DATABASE="zabbix" -e MYSQL_USER="zabbix" -e MYSQL_PASSWORD="jaythree123" -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD="2fe04e524ba40505a82e03a2819429cc" -d mysql --character-set-server=utf8 --collation-server=utf8_bin --default-authentication-plugin=mysql_native_password

#Container #2

docker run --name zabbix-java-gateway -t --restart unless-stopped -d zabbix/zabbix-java-gateway

#Container #3

This Container #3 needs 2–3 minutes to be consolidated! Do it calmly!

docker run --name zabbix-server-mysql -t -e DB_SERVER_HOST="mysql-server" -e MYSQL_DATABASE="zabbix" -e MYSQL_USER="zabbix" -e MYSQL_PASSWORD="jaythree123" -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD="2fe04e524ba40505a82e03a2819429cc" -e ZBX_JAVAGATEWAY="zabbix-java-gateway" --link mysql-server:mysql --link zabbix-java-gateway:zabbix-java-gateway -p 10051:10051 --restart unless-stopped -d zabbix/zabbix-server-mysql

#Container #4

docker run --name zabbix-web-nginx-mysql -t -e DB_SERVER_HOST="mysql-server" -e MYSQL_DATABASE="zabbix" -e MYSQL_USER="zabbix" -e MYSQL_PASSWORD="jaythree123" -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD="2fe04e524ba40505a82e03a2819429cc" --link mysql-server:mysql --link zabbix-server-mysql:zabbix-server -p 80:8080 --restart unless-stopped -d zabbix/zabbix-web-nginx-mysql

#Container #5

docker run --name zabbix-agent --link mysql-server:mysql --link zabbix-server-mysql:zabbix-server -e ZBX_HOSTNAME="Zabbix server" -e ZBX_SERVER_HOST="zabbix-server" -d zabbix/zabbix-agent

# Checking the containers and discovering IP Addresses:

docker ps -a
sudo apt install net-tools
ifconfig [note eth0 address and browse it]
docker inspect zabbix-agent | grep "IPAddress\":"

Make Yourself Wait, just relax :)

Execute each script in that order. Everything must work alright!

04# Step — Go to your browser and type the container IP, Access Zabbix with these credentials:


And this screen will open:

Fig 5. Congratulation! You are in command of Zabbix!

That’s all for now!

In the next zabbixSeries Episode, we will connect our home laptops and monitor each one in our machine.

Be tuned!


Fig 6. Zabbix 5.0 — An awesome App!


In case it doesn’t work for the first time, do not give up! just execute these lines:

To get rid of all containers and trying it again:

# Stop & Removing Containers
docker ps
docker stop <container_number_spaced_separated>
docker rm <container_number_spaced_separated>
docker stop 47d1a3824aa2
175b2de3e7ff 581ced4e1f98 49436c7741ef d9f59ceb13eb
docker rm 47d1a3824aa2 175b2de3e7ff 581ced4e1f98 49436c7741ef d9f59ceb13eb# Removing Images (optional)
docker ps -a
docker rmi zabbix/zabbix-server-mysql
docker rmi alpine-5.2-latest
docker rmi 26a00dcbab80

To Restart the Docker (in case your PC is power-off)

# Daemon restart (or goto Control Docker with systemd)
sudo /3etc/init.d/docker start
docker ps -a
docker start <container_number_spaced_separated>
sudo systemctl start docker
sudo service docker start
# Note: you will need to initialize the containers in that order:
# First: mysql and
# Second: zabbix-java-gateway
# Third: zabbix-server-mysql
# Forth: nginx
# Fifth: agent
docker start <mysql_Container_ID>
docker start <zabbix/zabbix-java-gateway_Container_ID>
docker start <zabbix/mysql_Container_ID>
docker start <zabbix/zabbix-web-nginx-mysql_Container_ID>
docker start <zabbix/zabbix-agent_Container_ID>

In case you would like to run in the desktop:

# Install Docker Desktop for windows, from:

Configure Docker to start on boot

sudo systemctl enable docker.service
sudo systemctl enable containerd.service

How to Unregister and Reset Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 10

During my studies I ended up loading Ubuntu (that way, no version):/I've got several errors, and I couldn't install the docker... Until the colleague Ronaldo Moronha sent me to the right path:)I used these commands based on this post to get rid of the old register and make way for the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, the focus of this study:wsl --list --all
wsl --unregister <DistributionName>

Credits & References

Ronaldo Moronha by LinkedIn — Analista de Telecom — Thank you, my friend!

What is Zabbix by Zabbix.com (Demo video is awesome!)

Zabbix Docker Containers by Youtube

Zabbix — Docker Installation on Ubuntu Linux by https://techexpert.tips/

Welcome to the Midnight Commander Development Center by MC.org

Windows Subsystem for Linux Installation Guide for Windows 10 by Microsoft

How To Install Windows Terminal? by Nicolas

How to search Powershell command history from previous sessions by StackExchange

WSL commands and launch configurations by microsoft.com

Zabbix/Zabbix-docker by Github

Docker by docker.com

Control Docker with systemd by docs.docker.com

Configure Docker to start on boot by docs.docker.com

Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (Focal Fossa) by ubuntu.com

nginx by docker.com

How to Unregister and Reset Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 10 by tenforums.com

Install Docker Engine on Ubuntu by docker.com

Fig 7. Zabbix 5.0 — An awesome App!

Related Posts

00#Episode — DockerSerie — Zabbix + Docker Containers Rocks —How to Install Zabbix on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS As Docker at WSL 2 (this one)

01#Episode — Soon! Be tuned!

Update: 2021/Apr/04 — Thanks to Hilton Travis — error at the end of Step 3 with the “docker inspect” line — it is missing a trailing double (docker inspect zabbix-agent | grep “IPAddress\”:”)




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