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Live Process Monitor

Overview

Live process monitors are based on data collected by the Process Agent. Create monitors that warn or alert based on the count of any group of processes across hosts or tags.

Monitor creation

To create a live process monitor in Datadog, use the main navigation: Monitors –> New Monitor –> Live Process.

Select processes

Search for a process to monitor using a space separated list of strings. The search performs a partial match, fuzzy search across all processes on your infrastructure. Search operators AND, OR, and NOT are supported. See the Live Process Monitoring page for details. Additionally, filter by tags to refine your monitor to a specific scope.

Matching processes and counts are displayed below the search:

After defining your search, a graph is displayed above the search inputs with the total number of processes found.

Alert grouping

Simple Alert (default): aggregates alerts over all reporting sources. You receive one alert when the aggregated value meets the set conditions.

Multi Alert: applies the alert to each source according to your group parameters. You receive an alert for each group that meets the set conditions.

Set alert conditions

  • The count was above, above or equal to, below, or below or equal to
  • the threshold during the last 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 1 hour, etc.

Use thresholds to set a numeric value for triggering an alert. Datadog has two types of notifications (alert and warning). Live process monitors recover automatically based on the alert or warning threshold.

Notifications

For detailed instructions on the Say what’s happening and Notify your team sections, see the Notifications page.

Further Reading