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Prometheus Integration Guide – VictorOps

About VictorOps and Prometheus

The VictorOps and Prometheus integration provides you with the real-time monitoring data of an open source time-series database and the collaboration tools you need to easily address system issues or incidents. Prometheus’s time-series database and monitoring specializes in providing your team with real-time, live updating system metrics to more quickly show when errors occur or requests fail.

The VictorOps and Prometheus integration is easily configurable to help you aggregate time-series data and respond to incidents in one centralized location. Prometheus integrates with VictorOps to help you identify, diagnose, and resolve incidents in real-time, as well as conduct more thorough post-incident reviews.

TSDBs and Incident Response: Actionable Real-Time Data and Collaboration

  • Powerful querying capability allows you to easily dissect incident data and generate visually-appealing, deeply informative post-incident reviews
  • Precise configurations allow for notifications that reduce alert fatigue for your team and silence unactionable alerts
  • Prometheus offers data visualizations which provide contextual substance to incidents and allows deeper collaboration through the VictorOps timeline
  • Configure VictorOps with the Prometheus integration for highly scalable storage, alerting, and customizable data monitoring configurations

Versions Supported: AlertManager v0.8.0 and Prometheus-2.0.0-beta.2.*

VictorOps Version Required: Getting Started, Essentials, or Full-Stack

What you need to know: Please note: we are in the process of testing older version of AlertManager. If you are looking to use the Prometheus Integration, and have an older version of AlertManager, please contact VictorOps Support, to verify if the integration will work.

Prometheus is an open-source systems monitoring and alerting toolkit with an active ecosystem.  Alerting with Prometheus is separated into two parts.  Alerting rules in Prometheus servers send alerts to an Alertmanager.  The Alertmanager then manages those alerts, including silencing, inhibition, aggregation and sending out notifications via methods such as VictorOps.  The following guide will walk you through this integration.

Enable Prometheus in VictorOps

From the VictorOps web portal, select Settings >> Alert Behavior >> Integrations

Selecting Integrations in VictorOps

Select the Prometheus integration option.

Selecting Prometheus integration in VictorOps

Click Enable Integration.

enable prometheus integration in VictorOps

Copy the Service API Key to the clipboard.

copy prometheus API key in VictorOps

Configure VictorOps in Prometheus

Download and configure the Alertmanager for Prometheus.  Here is the code to use in the YAML configuration file for the Alertmanager.  Make sure to replace the “api_key” with the API key from the Service API Key from the “In VictorOps” section and change the “routing_key” to the actual routing key you intend to use.

  group_by: ['alertname', 'cluster', 'service']
  group_wait: 30s
  group_interval: 5m
  repeat_interval: 3h
  receiver: victorOps-receiver

- name: victorOps-receiver
    - api_key: 558e7ebc-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX
      routing_key: Sample_route
      state_message: 'Alert: {{ .CommonLabels.alertname }}. Summary:{{ .CommonAnnotations.summary }}. RawData: {{ .CommonLabels }}

If you would like to use custom fields or a proxy url, use the following as a template.

- name: victorOps-receiver
    - api_key: 
      entity_display_name: '{{ .CommonAnnotations.summary }}'
      message_type: '{{ .CommonLabels.severity }}'
      state_message: 'Alert: {{ .CommonLabels.alertname }}. Summary:{{ .CommonAnnotations.summary }}. RawData: {{ .CommonLabels }}'
        : '{{ .CommonLabels.eai_nbr }}'
      # We must set a proxy to be able to send alerts to external systems such as VictorOps
        proxy_url: 'http://internet.proxy..com:3128''

Start Prometheus from the command line and configure it to talk to the Alertmanager.  In this example, “prometheus.yml” is the configuration file for Prometheus and “http://localhost:9093” is the instance of the Alertmanager that Prometheus is pointing to.

./prometheus -config.file=prometheus.yml -alertmanager.url=http://localhost:9093

Next, start the Alertmanager from the command line using the Alertmanager configuration file from earlier.  In this example, “alertmanager.yml” is the name of the configuration file.

./alertmanager -config.file=alertmanager.yml

Alerts from Prometheus should now appear in the Alertmanager as they are generated.


alerts from Prometheus in alert manager


Alertmanager alert pane - VictorOps


Alertmanager appearing in VictorOps pane

You can also send a test message to the Alertmanager if you don’t want to wait for an alert to be generated by Prometheus.  Below is an example using curl with an instance of Alertmanager at “http://localhost:9093”.

curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '[{"labels":{"alertname":"TestAlert"}}]' localhost:9093/api/v1/alerts

You have completed setting up this integration.  If you have any questions, please contact VictorOps support.

Updated on May 20, 2019

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