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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Logs

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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Logging Data Source

Introduction

Grafana is a popular technology that makes it easy to visualize metrics and logs. The OCI Logging Grafana Plugin can be used to extend Grafana by adding Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Logging as a data source in Grafana.

The plugin allows you to retrieve logs related to a number of resources on Oracle Cloud: Compute, Networking, Storage, custom logs from your application, and audit logs generated by Oracle Cloud services. Once these logs are in Grafana, they can be analysed along with metrics, giving you a single pane of glass for your application monitoring needs.

For custom logs from your application, see Custom Logging on OCI.

Prerequisites

We will discuss two different Grafana IAM configurations that needs to be in place, for Grafana to fetch the logs from Oracle Cloud Logging Service.

For local/dev box environment

Install the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure CLI

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure CLI provides you with a way to perform tasks in OCI from your command line rather than the OCI Console. It does so by making REST calls to the OCI APIs. We will be using the CLI to authenticate between our local environment hosting Grafana and OCI in order to pull in log content. The CLI is built on Python (version 2.7.5 or 3.6 or later), running on macOS, Windows, or Linux.

Begin by installing the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure CLI. Follow the installation prompts to install the CLI on your local environment. After the installation is complete, use the oci setup config command to have the CLI walk you through the first-time setup process. If you haven't already uploaded your public API signing key through the console, follow these instructions to do so.

Configure OCI Identity Policies

In the OCI console under Identity > Groups click Create Group and create a new group called GrafanaLoggingUserGroup. Add the user configured in the OCI CLI to the newly-created group.

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Under the Policy tab switch to the root compartment and click Create Policy. Create a policy allowing the group to read tenancy log groups and log content. Add the following policy statements:

  • allow group GrafanaLoggingUserGroup to read log-groups in tenancy
  • allow group GrafanaLoggingUserGroup to read log-content in tenancy
  • allow group GrafanaLoggingUserGroup to read compartments in tenancy

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For compute-instance/VM on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Create Dynamic Group for your instance

Provision an Oracle Linux virtual machine in OCI connected to a Virtual Cloud Network with access to the public internet. If you do not already have access to a Virtual Cloud Network with access to the public internet you can navigate to Virtual Cloud Networks under Networking and click Create Virtual Cloud Network. Choosing the CREATE VIRTUAL CLOUD NETWORK PLUS RELATED RESOURCES option will result in a VCN with an Internet Routing Gateway and Route Tables configured for access to the public internet. Three subnets will be created: one in each availability domain in the region.

After creating your VM, the next step is to create a dynamic group used to group virtual machine or bare metal compute instances as “principals” (similar to user groups).

You can define the dynamic group similar to below, where your instance is part of the compartment given in the definition of the dynamic group. alt text

Create IAM policy for Dynamic Group for your instance

Next, create a policy named “grafana_policy” in the root compartment of your tenancy to permit instances in the dynamic group to make API calls against Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services. Add the following policy statements:

  • allow dynamicgroup DynamicGroupForGrafanaInstances to read log-groups in tenancy
  • allow dynamicgroup DynamicGroupForGrafanaInstances to read log-content in tenancy
  • allow dynamicgroup DynamicGroupForGrafanaInstances to read compartments in tenancy

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Documentation

Please refer to the docs folder in this GitHub repository for more information on installing and using the OCI Logging data source.

Help

Issues and questions about this plugin can be posted as an issue in this GitHub repository.

Contributing

This project welcomes contributions from the community. Before submitting a pull request, please review our contribution guide.

Security

Please consult the security guide for our responsible security vulnerability disclosure process.

License

Copyright (c) 2022 Oracle and/or its affiliates.

Released under the Universal Permissive License v1.0 as shown at https://oss.oracle.com/licenses/upl/.

Installing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Logs on Grafana Cloud:

For more information, visit the docs on plugin installation.