Should zabbix server be online all the time

Hasan asked:

I am new to server management and unix. I want a monitoring solution for my personal web server. I want to try zabbix but I want to ask; does zabbix server have to be online always? or can I install it on my personal computer and use it like “hey whatsup there on my server?”.

I don’t know if the server collects data and logs it itself continuously or use logs stored on remote zabbix clients.

My answer:

The server must be running continuously in order to collect data from the machines to be monitored.

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