Updated 23 April 2021



Zabbix is a free system for monitoring and tracking the status of many network services, servers and network equipment. A Zabbix server is the core of the system, which remotely controls network services and is the repository containing all configuration, stats and runtime data. It is the part of Zabbix that alerts the administrator of any monitored hardware problem.

This article explains how to install and configure the server part of Zabbix on a Calculate Scratch Server with a Web interface and agent.

Creating LXC container

We recommend that you install Zabbix in a separate container, that you would have created and configured according to the manual.

Installing and configuring PostgreSQL

Install and configure PostgreSQL, as explained in the manual. Replace dbtest with zabbix, and test with zabbix.

Installing and configuring Nginx

Install and configure your Nginx server, then setup PHP-FPM as described in the manual.

Installing and configuring a Zabbix server

Before installing, add the required USE flags for the Zabbix package for Web interface and server support:


net-analyzer/zabbix frontend server

Install Zabbix:

emerge -a net-analyzer/zabbix

Add open port settings for Zabbix to run:


zabbix-agent 10050/tcp Zabbix Agent
zabbix-agent 10050/udp Zabbix Agent
zabbix-trapper 10051/tcp Zabbix Trapper
zabbix-trapper 10051/udp Zabbix Trapper

Required PHP settings for Zabbix


# Max allowed data size
post_max_size = 16M

# Max time in seconds for the script to fully load
max_execution_time = 300

# Max time in seconds for the script to handle all input data
max_input_time = 300

Once the settings have been saved, restart PHP and Nginx:

/etc/init.d/php-fpm restart

/etc/init.d/nginx restart

Importing database layout for Zabbix

Reset your database layout:

cd /usr/share/zabbix/database/postgresql/

cat schema.sql | psql -U zabbix

cat images.sql | psql -U zabbix

cat data.sql | psql -U zabbix

Setting up a web interface

To be able to use the Web interface, first copy the Zabbix files to the corresponding directory on the server:

cp -r /usr/share/webapps/zabbix/5.2.4/htdocs/* /var/calculate/www/"

Start both the Zabbix server and agent:

/etc/init.d/zabbix-server start

/etc/init.d/zabbix-agentd start

Add the Zabbix server and agent to autostart:

rc-update add zabbix-server

rc-update add zabbix-agentd

Go to in your browser and complete the configuration process:

Zabbix installation

Specify the connection details for the database:
Setting up connection to Zabbix database

The connection port must not change:

Zabbix configuration

Use Admin as user and zabbix as password for authentication:

Zabbix authentication