Installation of a virtual appliance

1. Installation of a virtual appliance

With the virtual appliance you can operate Check_MK as a guest on an emulator such as VMware or HyperV. VirtualBox is also supported and is particularly suitable for testing.

Check_MK virt1 comes completely preinstalled as OVA data with operating system and is ready for use. It is set up using a dialog and can be configured via its own web user interface. No knowledge of Linux is required. The procedure is as follows:

1.1. Download the OVA file

From the download page download the latest appropriate version of the OVA file. This will require a valid subscription with the virt1 option. Alternatively, for a trial the demo version can be used (Check_MK virt1 (demo)). This is free and contains a demo version of Check_MK. The OVA file is approximately 750 MB.

1.2. Setting up the virtual machine

Follow one of the instructions below:

1.3. Create a monitoring instance

If not already done, create a new Monitoring instance, e.g. with the name mysite. Choose the latest available Check_MK version. This is achieved via the appliance's web interface. Details may be found in article on monitoring instances from the appliance's handbook.

1.4. Login to the web interface for the instance.

The web interface can be reached at http://HOSTNAME/mysite/. Use the credentials which you already defined with the creation of the instance.

Your Check_MK system is now ready for use. For a brief tutorial on how to configure Check_MK and start monitoring, please read our Introduction to monitoring with Check_MK guide.

2. Upgrading later from the demo version to the full version

When you decide at a later date to purchase a subscription for the Enterprise Version, you can convert your demo appliance to a full version without loss of data:

  1. Load a current firmware full version on to the appliance via the web interface.
  2. Install a full version of the Enterprise Edition in the appliance's version management.
  3. Change the desired instances to this version in the appliance's instance management.