BindPlane Metrics: First Time Setup

by Nate Coppinger on July 25, 2019

Congratulations on your BindPlane activation! Now that you’re officially a BindPlane user, you must be excited to get started on collecting and monitoring your data, but you may be a little unsure where to start. We talk about how easy it is to get all set up, but don’t worry, now we’re going to show you just how easy it really is! This blog will take you through the BindPlane metrics first time setup . For demonstration purposes, we will be using MySQL as the source, an on-prem Linux system for the Collector, and we will be setting up Google Stackdriver as the Destination. But don’t worry, these steps can be applied to whichever data sources and destinations you prefer to use. For instructions on how to set up BindPlane Logs for Stackdriver, click here.

Getting Started

When you log-in to BindPlane for the first time, you will be presented with the page in the image below. Here you will see an empty BindPlane, waiting to start helping you collect and monitor your data. Now you’ll need to fill in the blanks, and get your Collector, Source, and Destination activated and configured. The first thing we are going to do is get the Collector up and running.

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Setting up a Collector

A Collector will be the platform that will collect the data from your selected source. To get this set up, navigate to the “collectors” tab and select “Add a collector”.

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From there you will be prompted to choose the platform you would like to use to collect data. As an example, we will select “GNU / Linux”.

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Once you have selected the collector platform you would like to use, you will be given a command that you will need to copy to your clipboard.

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Navigate to your Terminal and paste the provided command into the command line and run it. When prompted with any choices, go ahead and type “yes” to continue.

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Now that your collector is all set up, it is time to move on to your source(s)

Configuring Your Source(s)

Now navigate to the “Source” tab and select “Add a Source”

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Once selected, it will take you to our list of supported sources. BindPlane boasts support of 150+ sources, so you may have some trouble finding the particular source(s) that you would like to use, so to help you out, you can just type the name in the search filter located in the top right corner and it will take you right the one you want.

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You will now be prompted to select the collector that you would like your source to send data to… go ahead and select the collector you set up earlier.

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After you select your collector, it will now have you configure your source connection. You will need to fill out all of the required fields and credentials. These should be provided to you by your organization if you don’t have them already.

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Once the fields are all filled out, click “Test Connection”. If you filled everything out correctly, you should be prompted with “Test Succeeded”. If you get a test failure, then that likely means you will need to fix something in your configuration.

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Setting up the Destination

The final part to getting your BindPlane all set up is to choose and configure your destination. To do this, go to the “Destination” tab and select “Add a Destination”

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You will now be presented with the Platform that you would like the Collector to send your data. This can be Google Stackdriver, Microsoft Azure, DataDog, New Relic, etc… BindPlane supports a myriad of destinations.

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We have selected Stackdriver for this example. After selected your destination, just like with sources and collectors, you will need to configure the connection and enter your “Application Credentials”, which will also be provided to you by your organization. Once the credentials have been entered, hit the “Test connection” button to see if it’s all working.

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Now that you have set up your Collector, Source, and Destination, your overview will now be filled out to look similar to the image below. Looks much better now, right?

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Pulling it all together

Now that BindPlane is all set up and collecting data from your source, and sending it to your destination, you can open up the platform that you are sending data. Here you can see all of the important information that will help you make decisions and keep track of the health of your system. The example below is the finished product of sending MySQL data to BindPlane.

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Thanks for following along with our BindPlane first time set up, we hope it was helpful in getting you started. If you need more information on what we support or need more help getting everything started, be sure to visit our documentation page and our YouTube channel for more help!

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