Would you like to learn how to use Zabbix to monitor a Dell iDRAC interface? In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to configure the SNMP service on a Dell iDRAC interface and how to use Zabbix to monitor the iDRAC using SNMP.

• Zabbix version: 3.4.12
• Dell iDRAC Model: R410 - iDrac 6

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Tutorial - SNMP on iDRAC

First, we need to enable and configure the SNMP service on the Dell iDrac interface.

Open a browser software, enter the IP address of your iDRAC interface and access the administrative web interface.

dell idrac webinterface

On the prompt screen, enter the administrative login information.

Factory default access information:
Username: root
Password: calvin

After a successful login, the administrative menu will be displayed.

Access the iDRAC settings menu, access the Network/Security tab and select the Service option.

idrac snmp service

On the Service screen, click on the SNMP Agent option.

Enable the SNMP service, configure the SNMP community and click on the Apply button.

idrac snmp configuration

You have successfully configured the Dell iDRAC SNMP service.

Now, let's test the SNMP communication between the Zabbix server and the iDrac interface.

On the Zabbix server console, use the following commands to install and test the SNMP communication.

# apt-get install snmp
# snmpwalk -v2c -c VegetaRocks 192.168.0.200

In our example, the Zabbix server used the command SNMPWALK to test the communication.

In our example, the Dell iDRAC interface has the IP address 192.168.0.200.

Congratulations, the SNMP service was configured successfully on the Dell iDRAC interface.

Tutorial - Zabbix Configuration

Now, we need to access the Zabbix server dashboard and add the HP Switch as a Host.

Open your browser and enter the IP address of your web server plus /zabbix.

In our example, the following URL was entered in the Browser:

• http://35.162.85.57/zabbix

On the login screen, use the default username and default password.

• Default Username: Admin
• Default Password: zabbix

zabbix login

After a successful login, you will be sent to the Zabbix Dashboard.

zabbix dashboard

On the dashboard screen, access the Configuration menu and select the Host option.

zabbix add host

On the top right of the screen, click on the Create host button.

Zabbix Create Host

On the Host configuration screen, you will have to enter the following information:

•  Host Name - Enter a Hostname to identify the Dell iDRAC interface
• Visible Hostname - Repeat the hostname.
• New group - Enter a name to identify a group of similar devices.
• Agent Interface - Click on the Remove button.
• SNMP Interface - Click on the Add button and enter the IP address of the iDRAC interface.

Here is the original image, before our configuration.

zabbix linux - Antes

Here is the new image with our configuration.

zabbix idrac Host

Next, we need to configure the SNMP community that Zabbix will use to connect on the iDRAC interface.

Access the Macros tab on the top of the screen.

Create a macro named: {$SNMP_COMMUNITY}

The {$SNMP_COMMUNITY} macro value should be the iDRAC SNMP community.

Zabbix SNMP Macro HP iLO

In our example, the {$SNMP_COMMUNITY} value is VegetaRocks

Next, we need to associate the host with a specific network monitor template.

By default, Zabbix comes with a large variety of monitoring templates.

Access the Templates tab on the top of the screen.

Click on the Select button and locate the template named: Template OS Linux SNMPv2

Zabbix Linux Template SNMP

Click on the Add button (1).

Click on the Add button (2).

After a few minutes, you will be able to see the initial result on the Zabbix Dashboard.

The final result will take at least one hour.

By default, Zabbix will wait 1 hour to discover the number of interfaces available on the iDrac.

By default, Zabbix will wait 1 hour before collect information from the iDRAC network interface.

Congratulations! You have configured the Zabbix server to monitor a Dell iDRAC interface.