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How to update Check_MK

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We use OMD/Check_MK to monitor our IT infrastructure. It is easy to use and we always know the status of our network components, servers, printers, etc. Until now we used the “old-stable” version (1.2.8), but the CPU usage increased significantly, so it was time to upgrade to the current stable version (1.4.0). Today I want to show you how to update Check_MK and what to consider.

Update Check_MK

With Check_MK you can manage several instances. These are called “sites”. It is possible to install several versions of Check_MK in parallel. Each instance can use one of the installed versions. So the software upgrade is a little different from what you may be used to.

Before we can upgrade our instance to the new version, we must first update Check_MK. We download the latest version for Ubuntu 16.04 (1.4.0).

Then we have to install the package and any missing dependencies:

$ sudo dpkg -i check-mk-raw-1.4.0p26_0.xenial_amd64.deb$ sudo apt install -f

Now we can use omd versions to see if the new version is set as default:

[email protected]:~# omd versions
1.4.0p26.cre (default)

Update Check_MK Instance

The new version of Check_MK is now installed, but our “site”, the monitoring instance, still uses the old version. So we have to update it as well. To do this, we switch the user to our instance with

[email protected]# su — myInstance

First, we stop our instance:

omd stop

After that we can perform the update:

$ omd update

When upgrading, we are asked a few questions to resolve conflicts in the configuration. For us it was mainly adjustments of file permissions for some files. Here you cannot give a general recommendation, which answer is the right one, but as long as it is not about own adjustments, you can usually take over the new version or the new file permissions.

With omd version we can still check if the current version is used. Then we restart our instance:

$ omd start

If we now open Check_MK in the browser (https://monitoring.server/myInstance), we may see the following warning:

© https://mathias-kettner.com

Of course, the plugins have also been updated or replaced by the update. Over the next few hours, there will therefore be repeated warnings about inactive or vanished services. Check_MK also warns of incompatible changes (see picture). By clicking on “Show unacknowledged incompatible werks” we can view these changes and accept them by clicking “Acknowledge all” again.

Add Slack/Mattermost Plugin

We use a plugin that sends a message to our Mattermost #monitoring channel in case of a problem. The plugin was not moved to the new Check_MK version, so some manual work is required. We have to copy the plugin to the right place and adjust the rights.

$ cp /opt/omd/versions/1.2.8p13.cre/share/check_mk/notifications/slack /opt/omd/versions/1.4.0p26.cre/share/check_mk/notifications/slack
$ chmod +x /opt/omd/versions/1.4.0p26.cre/share/check_mk/notifications/slack

If not yet available, we also have to install the following package:

$ apt install python requests

Now the plugin appears again under WATO → Notifications.


After the upgrade Check_MK runs smoothly again. Check_MK is a great project and it helps us a lot to keep an eye on our network, our firewall and our devices. So we can often recognize problems before someone else notices them 🙂

What software do you use to monitor your IT infrastructure?

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