monitoring protocol

March 24, 2022About 2 min

monitoring protocol

Server - dbc data exchange is based on JSON format, Request and response messages must begin with header and data length.

This agreement and documentation mainly refer to zabbix docopen in new window.

header 和 data length

The header is present in response and request messages between Zabbix components. It is required to determine the length of message, if it is compressed or not and the format of message length fields. The header consists of:

<HEADER> - "ZBXD\x01" (5 bytes)
<DATALEN> - data length (8 bytes). 1 will be formatted as 01/00/00/00/00/00/00/00 (eight bytes, 64 bit number in little-endian format)

Protocol conversion example

 * @brief Convert JSON string to protocol data required by zabbix
 * @param json_data JSON format string
 * @return A string that conforms to the zabbix protocol
std::string formatJsonData(const std::string &json_data) {
  std::string data = "ZBXD\x01";
  unsigned long long data_len = json_data.length();
  char* arrLen = reinterpret_cast<char*>(&data_len);
  data.append(arrLen, 8);
  return data;

data exchange process

  1. dbc opens a TCP connection(Known server ip and port);
  2. dbc send protocol-compliant data(<HEADER><DATALEN><JSON>);
  3. server process the data and return the result;
  4. dbc parse the returned result;
  5. TCP connection is closed.

Active checks

request purpose:dbc asks the server whether to receive monitoring data of a virtual machine

request body

    "request":"active checks",
    // hostname represents the ID of the virtual machine

request result example

    // The data part is omitted, and no verification is performed for the time being


The server must respond successfully. If the "response" field is "success", it means success, otherwise it will be regarded as failure.

Send collected monitoring data

request purpose:dbc sends the collected virtual machine monitoring data to the server

request body

    "request":"agent data",
            "host":"<ID of the virtual machine>",
            "host":"<ID of the virtual machine>",
    "clock": 1400675595,
    "ns": 78211329

request result example

    // The info part is not checked
    "info":"processed: 3; failed: 0; total: 3; seconds spent: 0.003534"

zabbix server settings

If the server side wants to receive the data sent by dbc, it needs to do the following settings:

  1. Import the dbc item template "DBC VM Templateopen in new window" in zabbix;
  2. Create a virtual machine;
  3. Use the template "DBC VM Templateopen in new window" to add a host in zabbix, fill in the id of the virtual machine for the host name;
  4. After the virtual machine is created, the monitoring data can be sent.