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Monitor Your Servers With Cockpit

I think I found the tool I need: Cockpit. The Cockpit provides all information I need to monitor VM parameters, logs, service, and more.

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Following on my previous article Run your own Video Conference Service with Jitsi,  I started looking for a reliable solution to monitor my instance that runs Jitsi. I needed basic information on RAM, CPU, Disk, Networking, and I/O to assess the performance bottleneck for the serve

I was familiar with the tools I used in the past, like Cacti, Nagios, and Zabbix. All these tools need extensive configuration, "Not sure about the current state, but in the past took me a while to set them up correctly."

I was in the search for a straightforward tool that shows me hardware "VM" metrics and allows me to check the logs without ssh into the VM and ideally tool should be Open Source.

After a quick search, I think I found the tool I need Cockpit. The Cockpit provides all information I need to monitor VM parameters, logs, service, and more.

Note: I deploy a new Jitsi instance to DigitalOcean to play around with new Droplets on the latest version of the Ubuntu 20.04. I used the same steps to deploy Jitsi for 19.09.

Note: For Ubuntu 20.04 few changes needed to run install-letsencrypt-cert.sh and /usr/local/sbin/certbot-auto

After 1st run of the /usr/share/jitsi-meet/scripts/install-letsencrypt-cert.sh you may get an error.
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Reading state information... Done
Note, selecting 'python-is-python2' instead of 'python'
Note, selecting 'python-dev-is-python2' instead of 'python-dev'
Package python-virtualenv is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
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E: Package 'python-virtualenv' has no installation candidate 

1. Comment the below lines in /usr/share/jitsi-meet/scripts/install-letsencrypt-cert.sh

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#if [ ! -f certbot-auto ] ; then
# wget https://dl.eff.org/certbot-auto
# chmod a+x ./certbot-auto

2. Edit /usr/local/sbin/certbot-auto to rename packages from python-virtualenv to python3-virtualenv and remove --no-site-packages from line 1056.

Run again /usr/share/jitsi-meet/scripts/install-letsencrypt-cert.sh and this time I got my new certificates for the domain.

I know a more elegant solution may exist if I spent more time digging in  /usr/local/sbin/certbot-auto and fixing python packages.

You can check new certificates for your domain  /etc/letsencrypt/live/vc.your_domain.com

If you Running Ubuntu 19.09 you don't need to make any changes.

Now let's deploy the Cockpit.

apt install cockpit -y

1st step is to allow port 9090 access from your network, and open firewall port as the follow up from the previous article in the section on firewall access Run your own Video Conference Service with Jit.

sudo ufw allow from YourIP to any port 9090

Check is cockpit was started by accessing your server on port 9090.

You will notice the error with an SSL/TLS certificate in the browser “I tested in both Chrome and Firefox.”

"your connection is not private"

A workaround is to use “Firefox or Chrome Private/Incognito Window.

During Installation, Cockpit is generating a self-signed certificate, but as we already created a certificate for my FQDN vc.mudrii.com we can reuse letsencrypt certificate.

Check the Cockpit path for the certificate by running

jitsiadmin@vc:~$ sudo remotectl certificate certificate:


The easiest way is to overweight 0-self-signed.cert with letsencrypt certificate.

Letsencrypt stores certificates in /etc/letsencrypt/archive/vc.your_domain.com.

We can overwrite both Public and Private certificates to /etc/cockpit/ws-certs.d/0-self-signed.cert as a root user and restart cock

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sudo su -
cat /etc/letsencrypt/archive/vc.mudrii.com/fullchain1.pem > /etc/cockpit/ws-certs.d/0-self-signed.cert
cat /etc/letsencrypt/archive/vc.mudrii.com/privkey1.pem >> /etc/cockpit/ws-certs.d/0-self-signed.cert
systemctl status cockpit

Now try to reload your page and login with jitsiuser you've already created.


You can view system performance in Graphical interface


By default, you can’t see historical data in the Cockpit. To view and store past events, you need one more package to install for Cockpit.

Install cockpit-PCP

sudo apt install cockpit-pcp

Once cockpit PCP is installed just reload web page in your browser and you can see the option to view historical data.


Few More options Cockpit provides like integrated SSH into the account.

Information about Logs. Storage, Networking Service, and a few more.





Now I can monitor my Jitsi server and discover potential issues with performance and view logs without ssh-ing into the server.

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