Welcome to my course on Grafana
Grafana is an analytics platform for all of your metrics. Grafana allows you to query, visualize, alert on and understand your metrics no matter where they are stored. Create, explore, and share dashboards with your team and foster a data driven culture. Trusted and loved by the community.
This is a Learn by example course, where I demonstrate all the concepts discussed so that you can see them working, and you can try them out for yourself as well.
With this course, comes accompanying documentation that you can access for free. You will then be able to match what you see in the videos and copy/paste directly from my documentation and see the same result.
In this course we will,
•Install Grafana from Packages
•Create a domain name, install an SSL certificate and change the default port
•Explore the Graph, Stat, Gauge, Bar Gauge, Table, Text, Heatmap and Logs Panels
•Create many different types of Data Sources from MySQL, Zabbix, InfluxDB, Prometheus and Loki
•We will configure their various collection processes such as MySQL Event Scheduler, Telegraf, Node Exporters, SNMP agents and Promtail
•We will look at graphing Time Series data versus Non Time Series data
•We will also install dashboards for each of the Data Sources, experimenting with community created dashboards plus experimenting with our own
•We will monitor SNMP Devices using Telegraf Agent and InfluxDB Data Sources
•Setup Elasticsearch with Filebeat and Metricbeat services
•We will create Annotation Queries and link the Log and Graphs panels together
•We will look at Dynamic Dashboard Variables, Dynamic Tables and Graphs
•We will look at creating Value Groups/Tags and how to use them with different kinds of data sources
•We will set up Alerting Channels/Contact Points and understand the different alerting options, configure an example to detect offline SNMP devices and demonstrate receiving email alerts via a local SMTP server
At the end of the course, you will have your own dedicated working Grafana Server, which will be in the cloud, with SSL, a domain name, with many example Data Sources and collectors configured, that you can call your own, ready for you to take it to the next level.
Once again, this is a Learn by example course, with all the example commands available for you to copy and paste. I demonstrate them working, and you will be able to do that to.
You are now ready to continue.
Thanks for taking part in my course, and i’ll see you there.
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Table of contents
Welcome to my course on Grafana
You will learn
✓ Install and configure a MySQL Datasource, Dashboard and Collector
✓ Install and configure a Zabbix Server Datasource, Dashboards
✓ Install and configure InfluxDB with Telegraf
✓ Use Dashboard Variables to create Dynamic Dashboards with Automatic Visualisation Placement
✓ Install an SNMP Agent and Configure Telegraf SNMP Input
✓ Install Loki Data Source that queries a Loki Service that is ingesting data from a Promtail Service.
✓ Graph Time Series aswell as Non Time Series SQL Data
✓ Create custom MySQL Time Series Queries
✓ Install Grafana from Packages
✓ Add a Nginx Reverse Proxy for Grafana
✓ Create a domain name and install an SSL certificate for the Grafana Server
✓ Explore the Dashboards Panels Options
✓ Install a SMTP server and setup an Email Notification Channel
✓ Setup Alerts for when SNMP devices go offline or return no data
✓ Setup a Telegram Contact Point
✓ Use Annotation Queries to Link Logs Panels and Graph Panels
✓ Install Prometheus with Several Node Exporters and A Dashboard
✓ Setup an Elasticsearch server with Filebeat and Metricbeat services.
• Basic MySQL Familiarity
• All commands entered during the lectures are provided in the corresponding resources
This course is for
• Infrastructure Monitoring Specialists
• IT Platform Specialists
• DevOps Technicians
• Enthusiasts wanting a better understanding and better visibility of their networks in the home or office
• Someone who is curious and wants a good understanding of what Grafana does and what it’s good at.
For over 20 years I have been an IT engineer building and managing real time, low latency, high availability, asynchronous, multi threaded, remotely managed, fully automated, monitored solutions in the education, aeronautical, banking, drone, gaming and telecommunications industries.
I have also created and written hundreds of Open Source GitHub Repositories, Medium Articles and YouTube video tutorials.