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timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 58

timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 58

24 Aug, 2018 6 min

Welcome to TimeShift

This week we highlight articles featuring the ultimate guide to monitoring Kubernetes using Prometheus and Grafana, how to build effective dashboards, and a guide to help demystify PromQL.

With the upcoming Labor Day holiday, TimeShift is going to take a short break, but we’ll see you again soon!

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Latest Stable Release: Grafana 5.2.2

Bug Fixes

  • Prometheus: Fix graph panel bar width issue in aligned 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

Kubernetes Monitoring with Prometheus, the ultimate guide (part 1): Part 1 in a 4-part, in-depth series on how to implement Kubernetes monitoring with Prometheus. The series opens with an intro to Prometheus and its core concepts, how Prometheus stacks up to veteran monitoring solutions, and an overview of all the components in the architecture.

Digital Dashboard: Making a Dashboard work for you, part one: This series starts off by establishing a baseline for what makes an effective dashboard. John also highlights the strengths he sees in Grafana as well as areas for improvement. This type of thoughtful feedback is always helpful, as we are constantly working to improve the overall user experience. Interested to see where this series goes.

First Steps with Prometheus and Grafana on Kubernetes on Windows: A step-by-step installation guide for monitoring Kubernetes with Prometheus and Grafana on Windows.

PromQL for Humans: If you’re new to Prometheus, PromQL can be daunting. This article attempts to demystify the query language. You’ll also get a handy query cheat-sheet with plenty of real-world examples.

Creating Visualizations in Grafana: This short walkthrough will help you get started creating dashboards in Grafana using your Prometheus metrics.

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Grafana Plugin Update

Plugin authors often add new features and fix bugs, so it’s important to keep your plugins up to date. We’ve made the update process simple – for on-prem Grafana, use the grafana-cli tool, or for Hosted Grafana update with one-click at


Single Stat Math Panel - A new feature in this panel adds a circle shape as a background option. This panel is similar to the native Singlestat Panel but also supports math functions across series using the math.js library.


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.

Monitorama AMS 2018 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands - September 4-5, 2018:
Monitorama events bring together the brightest minds among the open source development and operations communities. Their goal is to continue to push the boundaries of monitoring and trending software, all while having a great time in a casual setting.

This event takes place in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. If you haven't already experienced Monitorama, this is a great chance to make their acquaintance.

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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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