Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Time: 20 minutes

Before we start learning about creating dashboards, let's look at some of the metrics and dashboards available right away. Make sure you are using the new trial account created for you in the Create a Datadog account section and that you have set up the training environment.

Note: In this staging of the Katacoda scenario, startup will take 3 minutes or so. When we go live this should drop to no more than 20 seconds

The Metrics Explorer is a great place to go to start discovering metrics in your account or to view a single metric. If you want to work with more metrics or add functions, you should look at notebooks which we will do in a later section.

In the next hands on section we will look at the training environment you are using. This will get you ready for the section after that discussion some of the Datadog integrations.

Discovering Metrics

Step 1 of 2

Getting Started

  1. First login to your Datadog account.
  2. Go to the Event Stream.
    From the Event Stream, you can see that your environment has started and that data is being reported. You should see that five Datadog Agents have started: host01, host02, host03, host04, and host05.
  3. Now go to the Metrics Summary page.
    The Metrics Summary page shows all the metrics being collected in your environment. You should see about 160 metrics.
  4. Go to the Metrics Explorer and type haproxy in the graph textbox.
    Filtering by haproxy will show all the metrics collected by the HAProxy integration. Notice that the dropdown has filtered the available metrics to show just the ones with haproxy in the name. Also, note that haproxy is the fourth machine to start in the environment. If you don't see the metrics, you might need to wait a couple minutes for your training environment to launch completely.
  5. Continue typing br2 and then press enter.
    We want the haproxy.backend.response.2xx metric. We don't have to scroll or type the whole name when in the Metrics Explorer. Fuzzy searching works here and the right metric is selected. (This trick doesn't work in the Metrics Summary).
  6. Click in the textbox for Over.
    Almost all of these are all the tags that have been assigned to these metrics. You could look in the setup files for your training environment and see that only the role:lb tag has been manually assigned. Datadog recognizes various configuration choices and automatically turns them into tags.
  7. Choose host in the One graph per: dropdown.
    We only have a single HAProxy host so this isn't very exciting.
  8. Remove the HAProxy metric and try typing anh in the Graph: textbox.
    It's another fuzzy search, this time selecting apache.net.hits.
  9. Now choose host in the One graph per: textbox.
    You should see 3 graphs shown.