Install LibreNMS on Ubuntu with HTTPS

The goal of this guide is to install LibreNMS on an Ubuntu Server with a self signed certificate.  Most of the steps are copied out of the LibreNMS Documentation found here.

Install required packages

sudo apt install apache2 composer fping git graphviz imagemagick libapache2-mod-php7.0 mariadb-client mariadb-server mtr-tiny nmap php7.0-cli php7.0-curl php7.0-gd php7.0-json php7.0-mcrypt php7.0-mysql php7.0-snmp php7.0-xml php7.0-zip python-memcache python-mysqldb rrdtool snmp snmpd whois

Create LibreNMS user

sudo useradd librenms -d /opt/librenms -M -r
sudo usermod -a -G librenms www-data

Install LibreNMS

cd /opt
sudo git clone librenms

Configure MySQL

sudo systemctl restart mysql
sudo mysql -uroot -p

Run the following MySQL commands to create the LibreNMS user. Change password to your own password.

CREATE DATABASE librenms CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci;
CREATE USER 'librenms'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON librenms.* TO 'librenms'@'localhost';

Edit following file

sudo vi /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/50-server.cnf

Add the following inside the [mysqld] section


Restart MySQL

sudo systemctl restart mysql

Configure PHP

Edit the two files and set the time zone, date.timezone.  Example “America/New_York”

sudo vi /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini
sudo vi /etc/php/7.0/cli/php.ini

Then run these commands

sudo a2enmod php7.0
sudo a2dismod mpm_event
sudo a2enmod mpm_prefork
sudo phpenmod mcrypt

Generate Self signed certificate

Enable ssl in apache

sudo a2enmod ssl

Generate Cert

sudo openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /etc/ssl/private/localhost.key -out /etc/ssl/certs/localhost.crt

Configure Apache

Edit the following config file

sudo vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/librenms.conf

Add the following

<VirtualHost *:443>
 DocumentRoot /opt/librenms/html/
 SSLEngine on
 SSLCertificateFile /etc/ssl/certs/localhost.crt
 SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/private/localhost.key
 CustomLog /opt/librenms/logs/access_log combined
 ErrorLog /opt/librenms/logs/error_log
 AllowEncodedSlashes NoDecode
 <Directory "/opt/librenms/html/">
 Require all granted
 AllowOverride All
 Options FollowSymLinks MultiViews

Run the following commands

sudo a2ensite librenms.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Configure snmpd

sudo cp /opt/librenms/snmpd.conf.example /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf

Set the SNMP community string in the following file

sudo vi /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf

Then run these commands

sudo curl -o /usr/bin/distro
sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/distro
sudo systemctl restart snmpd

Setup Crontab

sudo cp /opt/librenms/librenms.nonroot.cron /etc/cron.d/librenms

Copy logrotate config

sudo cp /opt/librenms/misc/librenms.logrotate /etc/logrotate.d/librenms

Set permissions

mkdir -p /opt/librenms/rrd /opt/librenms/logs
sudo chown -R librenms:librenms /opt/librenms
sudo setfacl -d -m g::rwx /opt/librenms/rrd /opt/librenms/logs
sudo setfacl -R -m g::rwx /opt/librenms/rrd /opt/librenms/logs

Web Installer

Restart apache

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Finish the install by going to


Change “your-server” to your server’s ip address, or hostname.  Since we created a self signed certificate, you’ll need to accept the https error.


Back on the command line run the php validation script

sudo /opt/librenms/validate.php

Finally log into your new LibreNMS instance by going to


Change “your-server” to your server’s IP address or hostname.

Optimizations for LibreNMS

Optimizations for fping.  Add to the LibreNMS config in “/opt/librenms/config.php”

$config['fping_options']['retries'] = 5;
$config['fping_options']['timeout'] = 1000;
$config['fping_options']['count'] = 4;
$config['fping_options']['millisec'] = 1000;


Use sysname instead of ip.  Add to the LibreNMS config in “/opt/librenms/config.php”

$config['force_ip_to_sysname'] = true;


Add device name to alert message.  Add to the alert templates template to show device name in alert.


How to Install Zenoss 5 on CentOS 7


  1. This is not a comprehensive guide, if you need more info, refer to the installation manual here.
  2. This assumes that all your partitions are going to be on one drive

Installing CentOS 7

Note: If you have issues installing CentOS via the default install interface, try using the Fallback graphics mode, found in the Grub boot menu under “trubbleshooting”.

Install CentOS like you normally would, just be sure to leave at least 60GB of free space for Docker/Zenoss


You can Select Automatic Partitioning, but you will need to make additional space available.  I just configured it manually.3

 Note that I have about 75GB of free space, this will be used for “/var/lib/docker” and “/opt/serviced/var/volumes”.  We’ll set these up later on.1

You don’t necessarily need to setup a user, but you can if you want to.  4

Once your finished reboot and login.5


Configuring CentOS for Zenoss

Setup network

You will need to setup your network settings.  Refer to this post to set a static IP address if needed.


Note: In CentOS 7 ifconfig is not installed by default.  If you need to check the IP address use the following command.

ip addr sh

After your connected to the internet you can install ifconfig with

yum install -y net-tools

Setup Hostname

Zenoss seems to have issues if you change the hostname after it is installed so be sure to set up the hostname before you start installing zenoss.

Check current hostname


Change the hostname.  Replace “newhostname” with your new hostname.

hostnamectl set-hostname newhostname

After you finish configuring the hostname, add it to “/etc/hosts” with the following command.  Change the IP address and the hostname “zenoss” to your systems IP address and hostname.

echo "   zenoss" >> /etc/hosts

Update your system

yum update -y

Disable Firewall

systemctl stop firewalld && systemctl disable firewalld

Enable persistent log storage

mkdir -p /var/log/journal && systemctl restart systemd-journald

Create two Btrfs file systems

First create two normal linux partitions using your favorite disk utility.  I am using cfdisk.  Each partition should be over 30GB.

cfdisk /dev/sda


Create two Primary partitions and put them at the end and then write and exit.


Take note of the two new partitions names.  Mine are “sda4” and “sda3”.

After the above changes are made, it would be a good idea to reboot the machine so the partition table can be updated.


Now we will reformat the two partitions as Btrfs

Create mount point.

mkdir -p /var/lib/docker /opt/serviced/var/volumes

Change “/dev/sda3” and “/dev/sda4” to your partitions names if they are different.

mkfs -t btrfs --nodiscard $DOCKER_PART
mkfs -t btrfs --nodiscard $APP_PART

Add the new file systems to fstab, so they automatically mount on boot.

echo "$DOCKER_PART /var/lib/docker btrfs rw,noatime,nodatacow 0 0" >> /etc/fstab
echo "$APP_PART $APP_PATH btrfs rw,noatime,nodatacow 0 0" >> /etc/fstab

Mount the new filesystems, and make sure that they mounted

mount -a
if [[ `mount | egrep 'docker|serviced'` ]]; then echo "Mounted" ; else echo "Not Mounted" ; fi

You can manually check by running the following command.

mount | egrep 'docker|serviced'

you should receive something like the following

/dev/sda3 on /var/lib/docker type btrfs (rw,noatime,seclabel,nodatasum,nodatacow,space_cache)
/dev/sda4 on /opt/serviced/var/volumes type btrfs (rw,noatime,seclabel,nodatasum,nodatacow,space_cache)

Disable SELinux

By default SELinux is installed and enabled.  To disable SELinux either edit the config file “/etc/selinux/config” and change “SELINUX=enforcing” to “SELINUX=disabled”, or you can run the following command.

EXT=$(date +"%j-%H%M%S")
sudo sed -i.${EXT} -e 's/^SELINUX=.*/SELINUX=disabled/g' \
/etc/selinux/config && \
grep '^SELINUX=' /etc/selinux/config

Enable Dnsmasq

systemctl enable dnsmasq && systemctl start dnsmasq

Install and Configure NTP

yum install -y ntp && systemctl enable ntpd

Have NTP start on system boot and then start NTP

echo "systemctl start ntpd" >> /etc/rc.d/rc.local
chmod +x /etc/rc.d/rc.local
systemctl start ntpd

Download and install the Zenoss repository

rpm -ivh
yum clean all

Final Reboot



Installing Zenoss


Once your logged back into the system start installing zenoss

Install the Zenoss-core service and start docker

yum --enablerepo=zenoss-stable install -y zenoss-core-service
systemctl start docker

Add the Btrfs and DNS flags to the Docker startup options

Identify ip for docker

ip addr | grep -A 2 'docker0:' | grep inet

Add the docker startup options.  Change the ip address if needed.  It should match the one from the previous command.

echo 'DOCKER_OPTS="-s btrfs --dns="' >> /etc/sysconfig/docker

Change the volume type for application data

You can manually edit the serviced file “/etc/default/serviced” and change the variable “SERVICED_FS_TYPE” from “rsync” to “btrfs” or run the following command.

EXT=$(date +"%j-%H%M%S")
 sudo sed -i.${EXT} \
 -e 's|^#[^S]*\(SERVICED_FS_TYPE=\).*$|\1btrfs|' \

Restart docker

systemctl stop docker && systemctl start docker

Start the control center

systemctl start serviced

you can monitor the process with

journalctl -u serviced -f

Serviced has about 5-10 minutes worth of work to do before you’ll be able to login to the Control Center interface.  If the service fails to start, reboot the server.

Setting up name resolution

To setup name resolution on you local computer just add the following line to your “hosts” file.  On Linux and OS X this is located in “/etc/hosts” On Windows machines it is under “\Windows\Sytem32\Drivers\etc\hosts” hostname zenoss5.hostname hbase.hostname opentsdb.hostname rabbitmq.hostname

Be sure to change the IP address and “hostname”  to the IP address and hostname of your server.  You also might need administrative privileges to edit the hosts file.


Logging into the Control Center.

Now open up a web browser and go the following URL.  Change the IP address to your servers IP.

Login with the Zenoss server root username and password.  If you want to setup a user other then root, please refer to the Zenoss Installation guide here.


Change the hostname to your Zenoss server hostname12

Select the check boxes in the next two steps.13 14

Give it a deployment id and deploy it.15 16

Once it is deployed Make sure that it is started.  Once it finishes go log into Zenoss.  It can take awhile for Zenoss to start up, depending on your hardware, so be patient.

The Direct URL for Zenoss is




Setup SNMP for Ubiquiti Radios

First lets install SNMP.

On Red Hat type systems such as Fedora and CentOS do the following

yum install -y net-snmp net-snmp-utils

If you are using a Debian based distro the you can use apt.

apt-get install snmp

You will need to make sure that SNMP is turned on in the radio under the Services tab.

Be sure to remember the SNMP Community string as that is needed in the next step.

Now try to connect to the device with the following command.

snmpwalk -v1 -c comunityname

You should receive something like the following.

IF-MIB::ifSpecific.5 = OID: SNMPv2-SMI::zeroDotZero
SNMPv2-MIB::snmpInPkts.0 = Counter32: 484
SNMPv2-MIB::snmpOutPkts.0 = Counter32: 471
SNMPv2-MIB::snmpInBadVersions.0 = Counter32: 0
SNMPv2-MIB::snmpInBadCommunityNames.0 = Counter32: 12
SNMPv2-MIB::snmpInBadCommunityUses.0 = Counter32: 0

If you received

Timeout: No Response from

Then either the SNMP Community name is wrong or the ip address is unreachable.

The following command will list all the interfaces on the device.

snmpwalk -v1 -c comunityname ifDescr
IF-MIB::ifDescr.1 = STRING: lo
IF-MIB::ifDescr.2 = STRING: eth0
IF-MIB::ifDescr.3 = STRING: eth1
IF-MIB::ifDescr.4 = STRING: wifi0
IF-MIB::ifDescr.5 = STRING: ath0
IF-MIB::ifDescr.6 = STRING: br0

Notice the number at the end of the ifDescr, That number identifies the interface.  You will need that for the next command.

Now lets check the signal. Note that the last number of the OID(the OID is the last string of numbers) is the interface number of ath0.  Yours could be different depending on how you have the radio setup.

snmpwalk -v1 -c communityname

Here is a short list of OID’s.  To use them just run the above command but replace the OID with the one you want.

RxRate of 5'th interface (ath0) of the device (bps):
TxRate of 5'th interface (ath0) of the device (bps):
Firmware Version: 1.2.840.10036.
Station MAC: 1.2.840.10036.
Signal (OID seems to vary a little bit, from nanoBeam to nanoStation)