Ceph – Zabbix sender issue with v14.2.5

After updating/restarting the manager to v14.2.5 we are no longer able to send data to our zabbix servers. Ceph reports a non-zero exit status from zabbix_sender.

Check to install zabbix-server.

apt install zabbix-sender


# ceph mon versions


    "ceph version 16.2.7 (f9aa029788115b5df5eeee328f584156565ee5b7) pacific (stable)": 4

Check Debian version

# cat /etc/debian_version
# lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Debian
Description:    Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye)
Release:        11
Codename:       bullseye
ceph -s
    id:     20a806df-b3f4-4032-ab8e-ae15aef1e836
    health: HEALTH_WARN
            Failed to send data to Zabbix
            mon px1 is low on available space

    mon: 3 daemons, quorum px1,px2,px3 (age 8d)
    mgr: px1(active, since 8d), standbys: px2, px3
    osd: 32 osds: 32 up (since 8d), 32 in (since 11d)

    pools:   7 pools, 640 pgs
    objects: 3.52M objects, 13 TiB
    usage:   53 TiB used, 124 TiB / 176 TiB avail
    pgs:     639 active+clean
             1   active+clean+scrubbing+deep

    client:   0 B/s rd, 23 MiB/s wr, 0 op/s rd, 34 op/s wr

ceph health detail
HEALTH_WARN Failed to send data to Zabbix; mon px1 is low on available space
MGR_ZABBIX_SEND_FAILED Failed to send data to Zabbix
    /usr/bin/zabbix_sender exited non-zero: zabbix_sender [4088351]: DEBUG: answer []
zabbix_sender [4088351]: Warning: incorrect answer from server []

Setting “debug mgr = 20” yields no additional information. Zabbix configuration in ceph has not changed since the v14.2.5 update, and was working under v14.2.4:

# ceph zabbix config-show
{"zabbix_port": 10050, "zabbix_host": "stats.myzabbix.host", "identifier": "px1.cephserver.host", "zabbix_sender": "/usr/bin/zabbix_sender", "interval": 60}

So, how to reconfigure it.

Zabbix plugin
The Zabbix plugin actively sends information to a Zabbix server like:
Ceph status
I/O operations
I/O bandwidth
OSD status
Storage utilization

The plugin requires that the zabbix_sender executable is present on all machines running ceph-mgr. It can be installed on most distributions using the package manager.

Installing zabbix_sender can be done under Ubuntu or CentOS using either apt or dnf.

On Ubuntu Xenial:

# apt install zabbix-agent

On Fedora:

# dnf install zabbix-sender


You can enable the zabbix module with:

# ceph mgr module enable zabbix


Two configuration keys are vital for the module to work:

identifier (optional)

The parameter zabbix_host controls the hostname of the Zabbix server to which zabbix_sender will send the items. This can be a IP-Address if required by your installation. The identifier parameter controls the identifier/hostname to use as source when sending items to Zabbix. This should match the name of the Host in your Zabbix server. When the identifier parameter is not configured the ceph- of the cluster will be used when sending data to Zabbix.

This would for example be ceph-c4d32a99-9e80-490f-bd3a-1d22d8a7d354

Additional configuration keys which can be configured and their default values:

zabbix_port: 10051
zabbix_sender: /usr/bin/zabbix_sender
interval: 60
Configuration keys
Configuration keys can be set on any machine with the proper cephx credentials, these are usually Monitors where the client.admin key is present.
ceph zabbix config-set
For example:

# ceph zabbix config-set zabbix_host zabbix.localdomain
# ceph zabbix config-set identifier ceph.eu-ams02.local

The current configuration of the module can also be shown:

# ceph zabbix config-show

Manually sending data

If needed the module can be asked to send data immediately instead of waiting for the interval.

This can be done with this command:

# ceph zabbix send

The module will now send its latest data to the Zabbix server.

Should you want to debug the Zabbix module increase the logging level for ceph-mgr and check the logs.

    debug mgr = 20

With logging set to debug for the manager the plugin will print various logging lines prefixed with mgr[zabbix] for easy filtering.