This quick start guide takes you from setting up the appliance using a minimal configuration, to the login screen of a functioning Checkmk site.

For more detailed information and instructions, see the main appliance article.

1. Setting up the appliance (Console)

  1. Download the Checkmk virt1 as an OVA (Open Virtualization Appliance) file from our download page and import this file into your hypervisor, optionally VirtualBox, Proxmox or VMware ESXi (for better performance you should change the network card to VMXNET 3 when importing into ESXi). More …​

  2. Start the imported virtual machine. You will land in a text-based configuration environment (called the console) where you can perform the basic configuration of the appliance.

  3. During initialization, at the first boot you will be prompted to partition the disk. More …​
    If you agree, confirm the prompt.

  4. After partitioning you will see the console status view, the home screen on all subsequent startups.

  5. In order to use the appliance for monitoring, you must now make some settings. Press the F1 key to call up the configuration menu and edit at least the following settings:

    1. Network Configuration: IP address, net mask and optionally the default gateway. More …​

    2. Device Password: Password to activate the appliance web interface. More …​

  6. Now start the appliance web interface on any computer in the network via the IP address assigned above using http://<ipaddress>/. Log in with the defined password. A user name is not required.

2. Setting up monitoring (Web GUI)

  1. Download the Checkmk software package for the appliance from our download page.

  2. In the appliance web interface, navigate to Check_MK Versions and install the Checkmk package via the Upload & Install button. More …​

  3. Now navigate to Site Management and create a Checkmk site with Create New Site. More …​
    Enter at least the following values:

    1. Unique site ID: Name of the site

    2. Version: Version of Checkmk

    3. Login for the administrator: Admin user name

    4. Password for the administrator: Admin password

  4. Now you can log in to the Checkmk site — simply append the site’s name to the URL as shown above: http://<ipaddress>/<siteid>/

Checkmk is now ready for you! Find out how to proceed from this point in the The Checkmk user interface article.

For a production system, you should of course make further settings, for example for name resolutions, communication via email, encryption, etc. Everything else you could need can be found in the main appliance article.

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