You are an administrator system with many servers, you want to check which servers are online and which servers for some reason lose connection.
We usually use the command ping to checking the servers are online or offline through the ICMP protocol.
Zabbix Server can completely help you monitor devices through ICMP ping.
And in this tutorial, We will learn How to Monitoring Network Decives using ICMP Ping on the Zabbix server
In the previous tutorial, Zabbix Server was installed and we stipulate the following:
- Zabbix Server
- Zabbix server 6.x LTS or latest
- IP address: 192.168.1.18
- User privileges: root or non-root user with root privileges.
- Remote network device is a wifi router
- Hostnam: WIFI-1
- IP address: 192.168.1.1
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Step 1 – Install Fping tool on Zabbix server
Open Terminal and switch to mode root user
Next, we need to install the FPING tool to enable Zabbix to perform ICMP checks.
Run the command below to install the FPING tool:
apt install fping -y
After the FPING tool is installed, we need to find the location of the FPING program
From the output, the location of the FPING is
The fping must be executable by the user Zabbix daemons run as root.
Run the command below to change permission on
chown root:zabbix /usr/bin/fping*
chown 4710 /usr/bin/fping*
Step 2 – Integrate FPING with Zabbix server
Using VIM editor open
Add two lines below at the end of the page
StartPingers=10 FpingLocation=/usr/bin/fping ### Location of the FPING tool
Save and exit file, don’t forget to restart Zabbix server for the change to take effect
sudo systemctl restart zabbix-server
Step 3 – Add Network device using ICMP Ping module
Login the Zabbix Server via web browser:
In the left pane, choose Configuration – choose Hosts – in the right panel choose Create host
In the page New host:
- Hostname: WIFI-1 ( Hostname of remote device)
- Visible name: WIFI-1
- Templates: choose Select
- In the page Templates click to Select button ( of Host group)
- In the page Host groups choose Templates/Modules
- After choose Templates/Modules in Host group, check to ICMP Ping and click Select
- Groups: choose Select choose Templates/Network devices
- Interfaces: click Add – choose Agent
- Agent : 192.168.1.1 ( IP of the remote device)
- Others : keep default
- Then click Add to add host
If the connection between the Zabbix server and remote device is fine, you should see the status is Green
Step 4 – Create ICMP Ping graphs for network device
On the device added, click to Graph
In the page Graphs click to Create graph
Choose like as below:
- Name: Set your name
- Graph type: Stacked
- Items: click to Add button – in the page Items select all (ICMP loss, ICMP ping, ICMP response time) and click to Select button.
- Others: keep default
- Then click Add button to add the graph for devices
After Graph added, on the left navigation panel, choose Monitoring – choose Hosts – in the right panel, click on your host and choose Graphs to check the Graphs
And here is the result:
That’s all. You can monitor your network devices via ICMP ping.
Thank you for reading !!!