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timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 57

timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 57

17 Aug, 2018 6 min

Welcome to TimeShift

August is flying by, but hopefully there’ll still be time to enjoy a few more summer evenings. This week we’re sharing the video demoing the new Explore UI in Grafana from last week’s PromCon, monitoring VMWare’s VKE with Prometheus, hosting a blog on a budget and more.

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Latest Stable Release: Grafana 5.2.2

Bug Fixes

  • Prometheus: Fix graph panel bar width issue in aligned [Prometheus](/oss/prometheus/) queries #12379
  • Dashboard: Dashboard links not updated when changing variables #12506
  • Postgres/MySQL/MSSQL: Fix connection leak #12636 #9827
  • Plugins: Fix loading of external plugins #12551
  • Dashboard: Remove unwanted scrollbars in embedded panels #12589
  • Prometheus: Prevent error using $__interval_ms in query #12533, thx @mtanda

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From the Blogosphere

Video: David Kaltschmidt: Exploring your Prometheus Data in Grafana: Last week we shared David’s slides from PromCon 2018, but it’s so much better to actually see it action.

Installing Prometheus and Grafana on VMware Kubernetes Engine: This post details the process of deploying Prometheus as a monitoring framework for Kubernetes, along with Grafana as the visualization layer. Bahubali covers why monitoring K8s is different, building and preparing your cluster, and installing both Prometheus and Grafana.

Collecting DHCP Scope Data with Grafana: Eric wrote a Python script to help him collect aggregated data about groups of DHCP scopes and how his network users were changing. This lets him total up the number of free and used IPs in each range and visualize them on a graph in Grafana.

How I host this blog, CI and tooling: Vik is a budget conscious blogger and developer. In this article he provides a rundown of the infrastructure he uses for his blog and how he keeps it running for $8.53/month.

Graphite Grafana: Metrics Monitoring Made Easy: The first in a series on metrics monitoring made easy, this article gets you started with spinning up a Graphite/Grafana stack. Learn about the components of Graphite, Grafana, and how to get everything installed - the next article will dive into the actual monitoring.

System monitoring with Grafana, InfluxDB et Collectd: Learn about the components of a responsive dashboard system and how to easily deploy it with Docker.

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Upcoming Events

In between code pushes we like to speak at, sponsor and attend all kinds of conferences and meetups. We also like to make sure we mention other Grafana-related events happening all over the world. If you’re putting on just such an event, let us know and we’ll list it here.

2018 Sensu Summit | Portland, OR - August 22-23, 2018:
Brian Gann: The Sensu Plugin for Grafana - Brian will be showing a demo of the new Sensu plugin for Grafana on August 22, and conducting a 30 minute Grafana tutorial on the 23rd!

We are a proud sponsor of this year's Sensu Summit! Come enjoy Portland in the summer and learn a ton from the sharpest operations engineers in monitoring!

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Meetup Workshop: Monitoring with Prometheus and Grafana | Belfast, Northern Ireland - September 18, 2018:
If you're in Belfast, or are going to be in September, this could be a great Meetup to attend. Topics include: Architecture, Prometheus, Alertmanager, Pushgateway, Telegraf, JMX exporter, Grafana, and more!


CloudNative London 2018 | London, United Kingdom - September 26-28, 2018:
Tom Wilkie: Monitoring Kubernetes With Prometheus – In this talk Tom will explore all the moving part for a working Prometheus-on-Kubernetes monitoring system, including kube-state-metrics, node-exporter, cAdvisor and Grafana. You will learn about the various methods for getting to a working setup: the manual approach, using CoreOS's Prometheus Operator, or using Prometheus Ksonnet Mixin.

Tom will also share some little tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Prometheus monitoring, including the common pitfalls and what you should be alerting on.

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All Things Open 2018 | Raleigh, NC - October 21-23, 2018:
Tom Wilkie: The RED Method - How to Instrument your Services – The RED Method defines three key metrics you should measure for every microservice in your architecture; inspired by the USE Method from Brendan Gregg, it gives developers a template for instrumenting their services and building dashboards in a consistent, repeatable fashion.

In this talk we will discuss patterns of application instrumentation, where and when they are applicable, and how they can be implemented with Prometheus. We'll cover Google's Four Golden Signals, the RED Method, the USE Method, and Dye Testing. We'll also discuss why consistency is an important approach for reducing cognitive load. Finally we'll talk about the limitations of these approaches and what can be done to overcome them.

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OSMC 2018 | Nuremberg, Germany - November 5-8, 2018:
David Kaltschmidt: Logging is Coming to Grafana – Grafana is an OSS dashboarding platform with a focus on visualizing time series data as beautiful graphs. Now we're adding support to show your logs inside Grafana as well. Adding support for log aggregation makes Grafana an even better tool for incident response: First, the metric graphs help in a visual zoning in on the issue. Then you can seamlessly switch over to view and search related log files, allowing you to better understand what your software was doing while the issue was occurring. The main part of this talk shows how to deploy the necessary parts for this integrated experience. In addition I'll show the latest features of Grafana both for creating dashboards and maintaining their configuration. The last 10-15 will be reserved for a Q&A.

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