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Monitoring Using CoreOS Prometheus Operator

CoreOS prometheus-operator provides simple and Kubernetes native way to deploy and configure Prometheus server. This tutorial will show you how to use Prometheus operator for monitoring Stash.

Before You Begin

  • At first, you need to have a Kubernetes cluster, and the kubectl command-line tool must be configured to communicate with your cluster. If you do not already have a cluster, you can create one by using kind.

  • To keep Prometheus resources isolated, we are going to use a separate namespace to deploy Prometheus operator and respective resources.

    $ kubectl create ns monitoring
    namespace/monitoring created
  • We need a CoreOS prometheus-operator instance running. If you already don’t have a running instance, deploy one following the docs from here.

Enable Monitoring in Stash

Enable Prometheus monitoring using agent while installing Stash. To know details about how to enable monitoring see here.

Here, we are going to enable monitoring for both backup & recovery and operator metrics using Helm 3.

$ helm install stash-operator appscode/stash-community --version v2021.03.17 \
  --namespace kube-system \
  --set \
  --set monitoring.backup=true \
  --set monitoring.operator=true \
  --set monitoring.prometheus.namespace=monitoring \
  --set monitoring.serviceMonitor.labels.k8s-app=prometheus

This will create a ServiceMonitor crd with name stash-servicemonitor in monitoring namespace for monitoring endpoints of stash-operator service. This ServiceMonitor will have label k8s-app: prometheus provided by --servicemonitor-label flag. This label will be used by Prometheus crd to select this ServiceMonitor.

Let’s check the ServiceMonitor crd using following command,

$ kubectl get servicemonitor stash-servicemonitor -n monitoring -o yaml
kind: ServiceMonitor
  annotations: |
  creationTimestamp: 2018-11-21T09:35:37Z
  generation: 1
    k8s-app: prometheus
  name: stash-servicemonitor
  namespace: monitoring
  resourceVersion: "6126"
  selfLink: /apis/
  uid: cd6cca14-ed70-11e8-8838-0800272dd258
  - honorLabels: true
    port: pushgateway
  - bearerTokenFile: /var/run/secrets/
    port: api
    scheme: https
      caFile: /etc/prometheus/secrets/stash-apiserver-cert/tls.crt
      serverName: stash-operator.kube-system.svc
    - kube-system
      app: stash

Here, we have two endpoints at spec.endpoints field. One is pushgateway that exports backup and recovery metrics and another is api which exports operator metrics.

Stash exports operator metrics via TLS secured api endpoint. So, Prometheus server need to provide certificate while scraping metrics from this endpoint. Stash has created a secret named stash-apiserver-certs with this certificate in monitoring namespace as we have specified that we are going to deploy Prometheus in that namespace through --prometheus-namespace flag. We have to specify this secret in Prometheus crd through spec.secrets field. Prometheus operator will mount this secret at /etc/prometheus/secrets/stash-apiserver-cert directory of respective Prometheus pod. So, we need to configure tlsConfig field to use that certificate. Here, caFile indicates the certificate to use and serverName is used to verify hostname. In our case, the certificate is valid for hostname server and stash-operator.kube-system.svc.

Let’s check secret stash-apiserver-cert has been created in monitoring namespace.

$ kubectl get secret -n monitoring -l=app=stash
NAME                   TYPE                DATA   AGE
stash-apiserver-cert   2      31m

Also note that, there is a bearerTokenFile field. This file is token for the serviceaccount that will be created while creating RBAC stuff for Prometheus crd. This is required for authorizing Prometheus to scrape Stash API server.

Now, we are ready to deploy Prometheus server.

Deploy Prometheus Server

In order to deploy Prometheus server, we have to create Prometheus crd. Prometheus crd defines a desired Prometheus server setup. For more details about Prometheus crd, please visit here.

If you are using a RBAC enabled cluster, you have to give necessary permissions to Prometheus. Check the documentation to see required RBAC permission from here.

Create Prometheus:

Below is the YAML of Prometheus crd that we are going to create for this tutorial,

kind: Prometheus
  name: prometheus
  namespace: monitoring
    k8s-app: prometheus
  replicas: 1
  serviceAccountName: prometheus
      k8s-app: prometheus
  - stash-apiserver-cert
      memory: 400Mi

Here, spec.serviceMonitorSelector is used to select the ServiceMonitor crd that is created by Stash. We have provided stash-apiserver-cert secret in spec.secrets field. This will be mounted in Prometheus pod.

Let’s create the Prometheus object we have shown above,

$ kubectl apply -f created

Prometheus operator watches for Prometheus crd. Once a Prometheus crd is created, Prometheus operator generates respective configuration and creates a StatefulSet to run Prometheus server.

Let’s check StatefulSet has been created,

$ kubectl get statefulset -n monitoring
NAME                    DESIRED   CURRENT   AGE
prometheus-prometheus   1         1         4m

Check if the pod of the StatefulSet is running,

$ kubectl get pod prometheus-prometheus-0 -n monitoring
NAME                      READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
prometheus-prometheus-0   2/2     Running   0          6m

Now, we are ready to access Prometheus dashboard.

Verify Monitoring Metrics

Prometheus server is running on port 9090. We are going to use port forwarding to access Prometheus dashboard. Run following command on a separate terminal,

$ kubectl port-forward -n monitoring prometheus-prometheus-0 9090
Forwarding from -> 9090
Forwarding from [::1]:9090 -> 9090

Now, we can access the dashboard at localhost:9090. Open http://localhost:9090 in your browser. You should see pushgateway and api endpoints of stash-operator service as target.

  Prometheus Target


To cleanup the Kubernetes resources created by this tutorial, run:

# cleanup Prometheus resources
kubectl delete -n monitoring prometheus prometheus
kubectl delete -n monitoring secret stash-apiserver-cert

# delete namespace
kubectl delete ns monitoring

To uninstall Stash follow this guide.

Next Steps

  • Learn how monitoring in Stash works from here.
  • Learn how to monitor Stash using builtin Prometheus from here.
  • Learn how to use Grafana dashboard to visualize monitoring data from here.