Zabbix installation for CentOS 7

CentOS 7 Zabbix installation guide with mysql database.

Install mariadb for backend database

yum install mariadb mariadb-server

Add the zabbix repo:

rpm -i

install zabbix server with web and agent.

yum install zabbix-server-mysql zabbix-web-mysql zabbix-agent

Start and enable mariadb

systemctl start mariadb
systemctl enable mariadb

Run the mysql_secure_installation script


After a clean installation the root password is empty so just press enter when asked for mariadb root password. After creating a password for mariadb root you should be fine by using the default choices.

Start mysql client and run the mysql commands

mysql -u root -p
MariaDB> create database zabbix character set utf8 collate utf8_bin;
MariaDB> grant all privileges on zabbix.* to zabbix@localhost identified by 'yourpasswordhere';

Exit out of mysql client, run the following command, and input the password you chose in the previous command.

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

Edit /etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf and add your database password to the DBPassword field


Start all zabbix processes and enable them on startup.

systemctl restart zabbix-server zabbix-agent httpd
systemctl enable zabbix-server zabbix-agent httpd

On my first test selinux made zabbix-server fail with last error in logs being”cannot disable core dump, exiting…”. I made selinux permissive for now to continue.

Add your timezone to /etc/httpd/conf.d/zabbix.conf by uncommenting the following line and replacing it with your timezone.

# php_value date.timezone Europe/Helsinki

You can then follow zabbix quickstart guide since zabbix should be properly up and running on http://zabbixServerIP/zabbix

Using vCenter High Availability with a separate network for vcenter HA

To do vCenter high availability with dedicated network interface controllers (NICs) you have to create a distributed switch where you connect your host VMKernel adapters.

Select your vCenter server, then “Networks” tab, and then go to “Distributed Switches”. Click Distributed Switches, and then click “New Distributed Switch”.

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