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Getting Started with Monitors

Overview

A metric monitor provides alerts and notifications if a specific metric is above or below a certain threshold. This page provides instructions for setting up a metric monitor to alert on low disk space.

Prerequisites

Before getting started, you need a Datadog account linked to a host with the Datadog Agent installed. To verify, check your Infrastructure List in Datadog.

Setup

To create a metric monitor in Datadog, use the main navigation: Monitors –> New Monitor –> Metric.

Choose the detection method

When you create a metric monitor, Threshold Alert is automatically selected as the detection method. A threshold alert compares metric values against user-defined thresholds. The goal for this monitor is to alert on a static threshold, so no change is necessary.

Define the metric

To get an alert on low disk space, use the system.disk.in_use metric from the Disk integration and average the metric over host and device:

After this is set, the monitor automatically updates to a Multi Alert that triggers a separate alert for each host, device reporting your metric.

Set alert conditions

According to the Disk integration documentation, system.disk.in_use is the amount of disk space in use as a fraction of the total. So, when this metric is reporting a value of 0.7, the device is 70% full.

To alert on low disk space, the monitor should trigger when the metric is above the threshold. The threshold values are based on your preference. For this metric, values between 0 and 1 are appropriate:

For this example, the other settings in this section are left on the defaults. For more details, see the Metric Monitors documentation.

Say what’s happening

Before a monitor can be saved, it must have a title and message.

Title

The title must be unique for each monitor. Since this is a multi alert monitor, names are available for each group element (host and device) with message template variables:

Disk space is low on {{device.name}} / {{host.name}}

Message

Use the message to tell your team how to resolve the issue, for example:

Steps to free up disk space:
1. Remove unused packages
2. Clear APT cache
3. Uninstall unnecessary applications
4. Remove duplicate files

For different messages based on alert vs. warning thresholds, see the Notification documentation.

Notify your team

Use this section to send notifications to your team through Email, Slack, PagerDuty, etc. You can search for team members and connected accounts with the drop-down box. When an @notification is added to this box, the notification is automatically added to the message box:

Removing the @notification from either section removes it from both sections.

Further Reading