How to configure High Availability (HA) Zabbix Server on Ubuntu 18.04 ?

The latest release for zabbix is 3.4, we’re going to see together how to configuring high availability zabbix server on Ubuntu 18.04.

I will divide the tutorial into 3 parts so that I can detail the different procedures.


First time, we need two virtual machines with Ubuntu 18.04 and 3 IP for make high availability for Zabbix Server 3.4

  • 1st server :  zabbix-node01 –
  • 2nd server : zabbix-node02 –
  • Virtual IP* for HA –

What’s Virtual IP :

A virtual IP address (VIP or VIPA) is an IP address that doesn’t correspond to an actual physical network interface. Uses for VIPs include network address translation (especially, one-to-many NAT), fault-tolerance, and mobility. From Wikipedia

Step 1: Configure DNS

To optimize dns queries and avoid false positives, we need to configure our /etc/hosts on both servers.

Step 2: Install Zabbix Server

Add repository Zabbix on both servers

Install zabbix-server-mysql on both servers

We will separate the mysql server and frontend

Edit file /etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf on both servers

Step 3: Configure Pacemaker

Install pacemaker  and pcs on both servers

Now only zabbix-node01, configure authentication

Then create cluster zabbixserver

Start cluster

if you have a problem please unmask the service pacemaker

On both servers, make sure that Pacemaker and Corosync are started at boot

Check cluster and nodes

Disable stonith and ignore low quorum

We need to create VIP for zabbixserver

Test your VIP and status of pcs

Disable zabbix-server on both servers, because Pacemaker will actually control the process

Create a new ressource Zabbix, to verify that the zabbix service still works in cluster

Check if ressource appear when you launch the command

Ensuring resources run on the same host

Test your cluster

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