Zabbix Proxy Error: invalid field name "globalmacro.type"

Recently I’ve been standing up Zabbix for monitoring my systems for Resgrid and Consulting Clients. Due to how my network is segmented between my primary site and secondary site I needed to use the Zabbix Proxy feature to broker monitoring calls from one to the other.


This error seemed to prevent the Proxy from getting a list of monitored hosts that are behind it. I couldn’t find any information on the error, but I missed a critical part when install the proxy, it’s version MUST match the version of Zabbix Server that your are running. In my case I’m running Zabbix 5.2 but ‘apt-get’ installed Proxy 4.0.17 on Ubuntu 20.04.

So I uninstalled Zabbix Proxy and did the following.

wget$(lsb_release -rs)_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i zabbix-release_5.2-1+ubuntu$(lsb_release -rs)_all.deb
sudo apt update

After that I ran the cache command to see

apt-cache madison zabbix-proxy-mysql
zabbix-proxy-mysql | 1:5.2.2-1+ubuntu20.04 | focal/main amd64 Packages
zabbix-proxy-mysql | 1:4.0.17+dfsg-1 | focal/universe amd64 Packages

So you can see here, not I can install 5.2.2 and 4.0.17. Note if I just did another install it could pick the 4.0.17 version and I would be in the same boat. So I specified the version I wanted during the apt-get install.

sudo apt install zabbix-proxy-mysql=1:5.2.2-1+ubuntu20.04

After that, I able to install the proxy as normal, I did nuke the old db and used the new schema to ensure that was in sync as well. This article can guide you through the entire Proxy install and setup. Just make sure your using the correct version of the Proxy, 5.0 or 5.2 to match your Zabbix Server install.

About: Shawn Jackson

I’ve spent the last 18 years in the world of Information Technology on both the IT and Development sides of the aisle. I’m currently a Software Engineer for Paylocity. In addition to working at Paylocity, I’m also the Founder of Resgrid, a cloud services company dedicated to providing logistics and management solutions to first responder organizations, volunteer and career fire departments, EMS, ambulance services, search and rescue, public safety, HAZMAT and others.