Jul 20, 2023


Getting Started with Zabbix44 Proxy in FreeBSD

The FreeBSD ports collection is an impressive library with over 24,000 applications that are ready to be installed on FreeBSD servers. It offers straightforward software installation, simple command procedures and a GUI package manager for those who prefer a visual approach. One port that stands out due to its robust features and uses in network management tasks is the Zabbix44 Proxy port classified under net-mgmt. This article takes a deep dive into how to use this software, focusing on its installation, configuration, and utilization for network management tasks.

Overview of Zabbix44 Proxy

Zabbix44 Proxy, powered by Zabbix LLC, is a part of the Zabbix distributed monitoring system. It is designed to efficiently handle large amounts of monitored devices and configurations by dividing data from different networks within one centralized Zabbix server. The Zabbix44 Proxy reduces the potential for network load while providing agile distributed monitoring functionality.

It collects performance and availability data on behalf of the Zabbix server. This data is then stored locally before Zabbix Proxy forwards it to the Zabbix server. Notably, FreeBSD users have the advantage of accessing Zabbix44 Proxy via the FreeBSD ports system, a package management system that provides ease of software installation and maintenance.

Installing Zabbix44 Proxy

To begin with the installation, start by updating your FreeBSD repository and ports tree

# pkg update -f && pkg upgrade -y
# portsnap fetch update

Next, navigate to the correct directory and install Zabbix44 Proxy. If you have a preference for binary packages instead of building from the port, use pkg

# cd /usr/ports/net-mgmt/zabbix44-proxy/
# make install clean


# pkg install zabbix44-proxy

After installing Zabbix44 Proxy, enable it in rc.conf

# sysrc zabbix_proxy_enable="YES"

Then, start the Zabbix proxy service

# service zabbix_proxy start

Ensure that the proxy service is up and running

# service zabbix_proxy status

Configuring Zabbix44 Proxy

Setting up the Zabbix44 Proxy configuration file is crucial to kick-start your usage of this tool. This file, located at /usr/local/etc/zabbix44/zabbix_proxy.conf.sample, contains default values that you can modify to meet your specific system requirements. Always make a copy before editing to prevent accidental loss

# cp /usr/local/etc/zabbix44/zabbix_proxy.conf.sample /usr/local/etc/zabbix44/zabbix_proxy.conf
# ee /usr/local/etc/zabbix44/zabbix_proxy.conf

Within the configuration file, adjust variables such as ‘Server’, ‘Hostname’, and ‘DBName’ to match your settings. Save and close the file when finished.

After configuration, restart Zabbix proxy to upload the new changes

# service zabbix_proxy restart

Utilizing Zabbix44 Proxy

Once you have Zabbix44 Proxy installed and configured, you can begin using it. Connect to your Zabbix server and check the performance and availability information of monitored devices.

For enhanced network security, consider using additional tools. For instance, [Nmap]https// is a security scanner application available in FreeBSD ports that allows system admins to discover hosts and services on the network by sending packets and analyzing responses.


In conclusion, Zabbix44 Proxy provides a flexible and powerful solution for network monitoring, allowing FreeBSD users to handle large volumes of devices and configurations within one centralized server. It’s easily installable and configurable via the FreeBSD Port Collection, making it conveniently accessible for FreeBSD users. By offering insights into performance and availability data for monitored devices, Zabbix44 Proxy is an invaluable net-mgmt tool for administrators. Whether on its own or alongside other net-mgmt tools such as Nmap, it helps ensure a smooth and efficient network management operation.

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