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Reboot Required

Agent Check Agent Check

Supported OS: Linux


Linux systems that are configured to autoinstall packages may not be configured to autoreboot (it may be desirable to time this manually). This check will enable alerts to be fired in the case where reboots are not performed in a timely manner.


The Reboot Required check is NOT included in the Datadog Agent package.


To install the Reboot Required check on your host:

  1. Download the Datadog Agent
  2. Download the file for Reboot Required
  3. Place it in the Agent’s checks.d directory,
  4. Rename it to


To configure the Reboot Required check:

  1. Create a reboot_required.d/ folder in the conf.d/ folder at the root of your Agent’s directory.
  2. Create a conf.yaml file in the reboot_required.d/ folder previously created.
  3. Consult the sample reboot_required.yaml file and copy its content in the conf.yaml file. Minimum configuration should include:

        - reboot_signal_file: "/var/run/reboot-required"
  4. Make sure you create a dd-agent (user that runs the Datadog agent) writable directory for the agent, and used by this check. The default of /var/run/dd-agent is ideal. The snippet below should suffice.

    sudo mkdir /var/run/dd-agent
    sudo chown dd-agent:dd-agent /var/run/dd-agent
  5. Restart the Agent.


Run the Agent’s status subcommand and look for reboot_required under the Checks section.

Data Collected


No metrics are collected at this time.


The reboot_required check does not include any events at this time.

Service Checks

To create alert conditions on these service checks in Datadog, select ‘Custom Check’ on the Create Monitor page, not ‘Integration’.


The check returns:

  • OK if the system does not require a reboot or for less than days_warning or days_critical.
  • WARNING if the system has required a reboot for longer than days_warning days.
  • CRITICAL if the system has required a reboot for longer than days_critical days.


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