Learn about the Wavefront Consul Integration.

Consul Integration

Hashicorp Consul allows you to discover and configure services in your environment. This integration installs and configures Telegraf to send Consul server metrics into Wavefront. Telegraf is a light-weight server process capable of collecting, processing, aggregating, and sending metrics to a Wavefront proxy.

In addition to setting up the metrics flow, this integration also installs a dashboard. Here’s a preview of some charts in the Consul dashboard.

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To see a list of the metrics for this integration, select the integration from https://github.com/influxdata/telegraf/tree/master/plugins/inputs.

Consul Setup

Note: If you use vRealize Operations, the application proxy agent sets up the integration for you. See the setup instructions. Otherwise, follow the setup steps on this page.

Step 1. Install the Telegraf Agent

This integration uses the Consul input plugin for Telegraf to extract metrics from Consul.

Log in to your Wavefront instance and follow the instructions in the Setup tab to install Telegraf and a Wavefront proxy in your environment. If a proxy is already running in your environment, you can select that proxy and the Telegraf install command connects with that proxy. Sign up for a free trial to check it out!

Step 2. Enable the Consul input plugin

Create a file called consul.conf in /etc/telegraf/telegraf.d and enter the following snippet:

   # # Gather health check statuses from services registered in Consul
   [[inputs.consul]]
   #   ## Most of these values default to the value configured at the Consul agent level.
   #   ## Optional Consul server address (default: "localhost")
   #   # address = "localhost"
   #   ## Optional URI scheme for the Consul server (default: "http")
   #   # scheme = "http"
   #   ## Optional ACL token used in every request (default: "")
   #   # token = ""
   #   ## Optional username used for request HTTP Basic Authentication (default: "")
   #   # username = ""
   #   ## Optional password used for HTTP Basic Authentication (default: "")
   #   # password = ""
   #   ## Optional data center to query (default: "")
   #   # datacentre = ""

Step 3. Restart Telegraf

Run sudo service telegraf restart to restart your Telegraf agent.