ZenPack Development Training

ZenPack Development Training


Learn how to develop and deploy complex customizations to Zenoss through ZenPacks, Zenoss’s extension framework. Through a series of progressive, hands-on exercises, each student will build a new ZenPack that models and monitors a custom device type and includes updates to the Zenoss user interface.


This course is intended for users who want to extend the functionality of their Zenoss deployment through the use of ZenPacks. Students who do well are programmers (Linux/Windows, and system or network administrators working in a DevOps environment.

This class is is delivered in person at Zenoss headquarters in Austin, Texas by a Zenoss developer. Each student is provided with a dedicated Zenoss training instance and is tasked with creating the new ZenPack under instructor guidance. The class is delivered over two days, and lunch is provided. See the schedule below for times and dates.

If you are unable to travel to Austin to take this class, please see the Introduction to ZenPack Development class, which is an abbreviated version of this class, delivered remotely.

Z Credits

Eight (8) Z Credits can be redeemed for this registration at checkout.


2 Days


Programmers (Linux/Windows), system and network administrators working in a DevOps environment.


  • Please note that this is a highly technical course. To be successful, participants should have at least basic skills in these areas:
    • Linux CLI – ability to move around the file system, manage files and run commands
    • Programming or scripting – experience with Python is ideal but not required
    • Ideally 6+ months of experience with Zenoss
  • While not required, Zenoss recommends that participants also attend Zenoss Platform Administration II Training before taking this course.

Setup Requirements

Students are required to bring their laptops to class.


  • Development Environment
    • Configuring a Minimal Zenoss Installation
    • Running Zenoss Daemons in the Foreground
    • Installing ZenPacks
  • Background Information
    • Device vs. DeviceComponent
    • Template Binding
    • Relationship Types
  • Creating a ZenPack
    • Naming a ZenPack
    • ZenPack Versioning
    • ZenPack Dependencies
  • Monitoring an SNMP-Enabled Device
    • SNMP Tools
    • Device Monitoring
    • Device Modeling
    • Component Modeling
    • Component Monitoring
    • SNMP Traps
  • Exporting a ZenPack
  • Troubleshooting
    • Using the Python Debugger

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