1. Download the Checkmk virt1 as an OVA file from our download page and import this file into your hypervisor (VirtualBox or VMware ESXi). You can find detailed instructions on how to do this in the article on installing the virtual appliance.

  2. Launch the imported virtual machine and open the local console.

  3. During initialisation at the first start, at the console you will be prompted to partition the data volume. Confirm.

  4. On completion of the launching procedure, the console status view will be displayed.

  5. So that the appliance can be used for monitoring, there are some settings that need to be made: Press the F1 key and, using the configuration menu, configure the following settings as a minimum: Network configuration and enabling the web interface.

  6. After this has been done, you can access the appliance’s web interface via its IP address: From a computer connected to the network, enter the URL http://<ipaddress>/ into the web browser and log in with the password you assigned in the previous step when enabling the web interface.

  7. Download the Checkmk software package for the appliance as a CMA file from our download page. Then select Check_MK versions in the web interface of the appliance. In one step, upload the software package you have just downloaded to the appliance and install it — as described in detail in administering Checkmk software versions.

  8. Create a site with the Checkmk software version installed, again via the appliance’s web interface, this time using the Site Management button. There are also detailed instructions for this in administrating monitoring sites. The site will start automatically following the creation.

  9. Now you can log on to the Checkmk site: by calling up the URL http://<ipaddress>/<siteid>/ and using the access data you defined when creating the site.

  10. To enable things like name resolution and sending of emails, you must make further settings in the appliance’s web interface. You can read more about this in the basic settings on the web interface and the device settings.

    You do not need this to get started however.

Checkmk is now ready for you! Find out how to proceed in the Getting started with monitoring.