Customizing alerts in Zabbix

Alerting is very useful, especially in combination with some of the tricks we’ve learned in this book so far to keep everything structured. But sometimes, we need a little more from our alerts than what we are already getting from Zabbix out of the box.

In this recipe, we’ll do a small bit of customization to make the alerts more our own.

Getting ready

For this chapter, all we are going to need is our current Zabbix server installation.

How to do it…

To customize alerts, follow these steps:

  1. Let’s create some custom severities in our Zabbix server to reflect our organization’s needs. Navigate to Administration | General and select Trigger severities from the drop-down menu:
    Figure 3.29 – Drop-down menu at Administration | General

    Figure 3.29 – Drop-down menu at Administration | General

    After selecting this, we’ll be taken to our next page. This window contains the default Zabbix’s Trigger severities, as shown in the following screenshot:

    Figure 3.30 – Default Trigger severities window page

    Figure 3.30 – Default Trigger severities window page

  2. Next up, we will customize the default Trigger severities, as follows:
Figure 3.31 – Custom Trigger severities window page

Figure 3.31 – Custom Trigger severities window page

How it works…

Not all companies like using terms such as High and Disaster, but prefer using different severities such as P1 and P2. Using custom severities, we can customize Zabbix to make it more our own and thus reflect what we’ve already been using in different tools, for example.

Changing custom severities is not a necessity by any means, but it can be a good way to adopt Zabbix more easily if you are used to something different.

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