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Monitoring your Qlik Sense Enterprise / Qlik Analytics Platform using Zabbix

About Zabbix

Zabbix (www.zabbix.com) has been widely used around the globe as a monitoring platform.

It's open-source, it scales well, has templates for monitoring a lot of environments and obviously can be used to monitor Qlik Sense/QAP sites.

There are two approaches,  one using a Windows  Server agent another one full agentless. For this doc, I will be using the agentless approach

HealthCheck

Let's check how to monitor a Qlik Sense Enterprise without installing anything in the Windows box.

There is one special endpoint in every proxy server in the Qlik Sense site (documentation is here). This endpoint returns some statistics about your engine health and they are encoded using JSON.

 

Anotação 2020-03-03 213547.pngWe can collect and analyze any combination of statistics, please check the documentation section "Statistics returned by health check" so you can pick the statistics you want to use.

In our example, let's use mem.free, cpu.total, session.total, saturated

Configuring the Host

First of all, we need to create a "host" in the Zabbix configuration (help), a host represents a machine and then we can add items (each statistic being retrieved).

Go to Configuration/Hosts and we will see a "Create Button" on top right position.

As we are using one agentless approach, we only have to inform the hostname and choose a group (any group we need or maybe we'd rather use a "Qlik Sense" group then press "Add" Anotação 2020-03-03 2135472.png

Configuring the Items

Now we need to collect the statistics (items).

As we are retrieving four values, it will be more efficient to retrieve the full JSON response and then parse the JSON instead of calling the endpoint four times every time.

In the host list, choose our host and click in Items, and then press "Create Item" (top right of our screen)

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As we don't have an agent running in the host, we will use one "HTTP Agent" that can make http requests.

Please use these values to create our item that will hold the JSON response

NameJSON FULL (for example)
TypeHTTP Agent
keyjson (for example)
URLhttp://[server]/engine/healthcheck
Request TypeGET
Headers

Add one header with

Cache-Control  = no-cache

this prevents our engine or any proxy to retrieve same values across requests

Authentication

<Same as our Virtual Proxy> 

Update Interval

3m (or another value)

Please don't push too hard 🙂

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(If you are an experienced Zabbix admin you can play with other parameters)

Now we will create one "dependent item" for each statistic that we want to retrieve from the JSON response.

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Let's create one dependent item named "cpu" 

Please fill these values

Namecpu
TypeDependent Item
Keycpu
Master Itemselect your JSON FULL item
Type of informationNumeric (unsigned)

 

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You will see one option "Preprocessing", please use it to access this screen

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We are using one step called "JSONPath" that can parse one JSON string (it's beyond the scope of this doc explain JSONPath). 

To retrieve the cpu total value, use $.cpu.total and then press "Add"

Please repeat the steps for mem.free, cpu.total, session.total, saturated (use text as "Type of Information" for this one)

Now we are ready, all the items are being collected.

Wait some minutes and go to "Monitoring/Latest Data", select your host and see that the values are being retrieved and Zabbix is generating graphs with your item values.

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For example, this graph is about cpu usage last 15 min

chart.png

 

Other steps (please refer to Zabbix documentation to learn how to implement)

  • Attach a trigger to an item value, so you can be notified (e-mail for example) when your QSE is "saturated =true"
  • Install Zabbix agent, so you can collect more information (%Disk free) for example
  • Create a "Graph", merging two or more statistics in the same graph
  • Import data from Zabbix in your Qlik Sense, so you can use the most powerful data analytics platform in the market

 

Keep Qlikking

  

 

2 Replies
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Partner
Partner

Thanks @Clever_Anjos , great post!
One question: is the no-cache parameter also needed on a  Virtual Proxy level? As explained in this article: https://support.qlik.com/articles/000082982

Many thanks,
Riccardo

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Employee
Employee

Hi, great question!

If you set this in Zabbix I almost sure that you don't need to change your virtual proxy.

I'm monitoring a QAP with VP untouched and Zabbix is getting new values using no-cache from the item