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Using Grafana

Visualize metrics with Grafana

Grafana is one of many tools that allows you to pull data from Graphite, and allows you to create more customizable, and attractive charts and graphs. You may find your own preferred tool. Here are a couple of Sync Service metrics displayed in Grafana:

Sync Service metrics in Grafana

You can create your own dashboard view with various charts and graphs in Grafana by using the following steps.

Add a Graphite data source

Use these instructions to add a data source from Graphite to use with Grafana.

  1. Open your browser and enter http://<Grafana-host>:3000.

  2. Click + Add data source.

  3. Enter a Name for this data source.

  4. Select Graphite from the Type menu.

  5. Input the URL of the Graphite server.

    If you’re using a proxy, input an IP address that’s accessible from the Grafana backend. For example, use the subnet private IP when deployed in AWS:

     http://10.0.2.243:80
    

    If you have a direct connection, enter a publicly accessible IP:

     http://34.240.113.207:80
    
  6. Use Basic Auth to start with. Graphite’s default user and password are root:root.

  7. Click Save & Test.

    You should see the message: Data source is working.

Create your first dashboard

Use these instructions to create your first dashboard in Grafana, and start creating graphs/charts.

  1. Open your browser and enter http://<Grafana-host>:3000.

  2. Click Create your first dashboard.

  3. Add a new graph by selecting a graph type:

    Add new graph

  4. Click Panel Title > Edit to select the metric to display in this graph:

    Edit dashboard

  5. In the Metrics tab, select the Graphite Data Source, and the value of the metric to display (such as the mean, 99th percentile, etc.).

    Metrics

  6. Click the disk icon Disk icon to save the dashboard.

If you’ve previously saved a dashboard, you can import it using the following steps.

Import an existing dashboard

Use these instructions to import an existing dashboard into Grafana.

You can import a dashboard that you saved as part of creating your first dashboard.

  1. Open your browser and enter http://<Grafana-host>:3000.

  2. Click Dashboards then Import:

    Import dashboard

  3. Find the file you saved in step 6 of Create your first dashboard then import it.

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