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Easily monitor your Rocky Linux server using the Linux integration for Grafana Cloud

Easily monitor your Rocky Linux server using the Linux integration for Grafana Cloud

22 Feb, 2024 4 min

Rocky Linux is a community-driven, open source operating system that is backed by CIQ, the primary sponsor and support provider. This OS is a powerful alternative for those seeking a downstream, binary-compatible option to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

CIQ supports Rocky Linux as a response to changes in the CentOS project, which is no longer maintained as a stable downstream clone of RHEL. Gregory Kurtzer created Rocky Linux to fill this gap in the community, maintaining stability and long-term support. CIQ’s support means that Rocky Linux is a top choice for both experienced IT professionals and technology enthusiasts, offering a robust, reliable platform for production environments.

In this blog, we’ll walk you through how to monitor Rocky Linux using the Linux integration in Grafana Cloud. 

How to configure Rocky Linux integration with Grafana Cloud

Grafana Cloud has a Linux integration that can run on most of the Linux distributions, including Rocky Linux. The Linux integration uses the node_exporter embedded inside Grafana Agent, which makes it easier to use and set up. The integration also supports monitoring of logs using Grafana Cloud Logs.

The Grafana Cloud Linux integration supports all released versions of Rocky Linux. You can start monitoring your Rocky Linux server with Grafana Cloud by following these simple steps:

  1. A Grafana Cloud account is required to use the Linux integration. If you don’t have a Grafana Cloud account, you can sign up for a forever-free account today.
  2. In your Grafana instance on Grafana Cloud, use the left-hand navigation to get to the Connections Console (Home > Connections > Add new connection).
  3. Install the Linux Infrastructure Integration and click on Run Grafana Agent, then select “RedHat-based” for Rocky Linux as your OS and select the relevant architecture.
  4. Follow the provided instructions in the UI to configure Grafana Agent to collect logs and metrics. Please refer to our documentation on how to install and manage integrations for more information. For details around configuring Grafana Agent for this integration, refer to the Linux Server integration documentation.

Start monitoring your Rocky Linux instance

Rocky Linux dashboards

After the integration is installed, you will see seven different pre-built dashboards for Linux and a set of Linux-related alerts automatically installed into your Grafana Cloud account.

Node overview

This dashboard provides a comprehensive overview of a single server. It offers a high-level overview of the different resources, i.e., CPU, memory, disk, and network.

Linux overview dashboard, 1 of 2
Linux overview dashboard, 2 of 2

Node logs

The Rocky Linux integration also collects Linux logs with the help of Promtail embedded inside Grafana Agent. The logs dashboard can be used to monitor the logs and debug issues as well.

 Linux logs dashboard

Node fleet overview dashboard

In an environment where you have multiple servers running, this dashboard is very useful for monitoring all the instances at a glance. You can also click on an instance to open the node overview dashboard for that specific server.

Linux fleet overview dashboard

Other node dashboards

The Linux Server integration installs the following dashboards in your Grafana Cloud instance to help monitor your system.

  • Linux node / CPU and system
  • Linux node / filesystem and disks
  • Linux node / fleet overview
  • Linux node / logs
  • Linux node / memory
  • Linux node / network
  • Linux node / overview

All these dashboards can be easily accessed by clicking on the Other Node Dashboards shortcut link at the top right of the dashboards.

Rocky Linux alerts

The integration includes a variety of useful alerts.

Here’s an example to illustrate their utility: We have pre-set alerts to notify you about high resource usage or when node resources are fully utilized. The NodeSystemSaturation alert, for example, is designed to warn you when systems are at risk of running out of their available resources, allowing you to act accordingly.

More detail about these and other preconfigured alerts can be found in the integration documentation. All alerts thresholds are default examples and can be configured to meet the needs of your environment.

Rocky Linux Enterprise Support

CIQ, the founding sponsor for Rocky Linux, provides Enterprise support, security, patching, and automation tools to streamline your environment. Learn more by visiting or by requesting more info here

Start monitoring Rocky Linux with Grafana Cloud today

These dashboards and alerts can help you easily get your Rocky Linux monitoring up and running. Give it a try, and let us know what you think! You can reach out to us in our Grafana Labs Community Slack in the #Integrations channel.

And if you’re looking to monitor other environments, check out our solutions page for a list of other tools and platforms we can help you visualize and monitor with Grafana Cloud. At Grafana Labs, we have a “big tent” philosophy of providing a consistent experience across as many data sources and environments as possible, and we’re continuing to expand our solutions to support our community’s needs.

Grafana Cloud is the easiest way to get started with metrics, logs, traces, and dashboards. We have a generous forever-free tier and plans for every use case. Sign up for free now!