Part 6: Observe!

By day, I monitor a global cyber security company for a living. By night, I monitor my home with Zabbix and Grafana. In this weekly blog series I'm sharing my weird experiments and new ideas how to utilise monitoring.

As on Easter we were not at home but doing Easter stuff, this week I have not implemented any major functionality to my home monitoring environment. But while I'm brewing new weird features, here's some bits and pieces of what I have learned about my home, and not shown here earlier.

Part 4: Don't forget the facial cream

Can you monitor the regular use of facial cream with Zabbix? Of course you can! Here's how. This same method could be very useful for monitoring if the elderly remember to take their meds or so.

(I am posting my weekly Friday blog about how I monitor my home with Zabbix & Grafana a day early, as today I'll be working in the evening and have my morning free, and not so sure about tomorrow. Originally my plan was to write about something completely else, but this was too good to skip.)

Part 1: Marrying Zabbix and Cozify IoT hub

For those of you who know me, this should not come as a surprise: I absolutely love Zabbix. It gives me the ultimate freedom to monitor whatever I need to monitor and is flexible enough to be able to monitor absolutely everything you can imagine. It's free, it's open source, and scales to whatever needs you might have.

What does a monitoring nerd who is a technical lead for monitoring in a global cyber security company do during his downtime? That's a silly question, mind you. Of course he monitors his home with a home Zabbix instance.

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