Bosun Scollector: Process and Service Monitoring


Scollector can be used to monitor processes and services in Windows and Linux. Some processes like IIS application pools are monitored automatically, but usually you need to specify which processes and services you want to monitor.

Linux process and systemd service monitoring

Scollector will monitor Linux processes specified in the configuration file.

  Command = "/opt/bosun/bosun"
  Name = "bosun"

  Command = "ruby"
  Name = "puppet-agent"
  Args = "puppet"

  Command = "/haproxy$"
  Name = "haproxy-t1"
  Args = "/etc/haproxy-t1/haproxy-t1.cfg"

  Command = '/usr/bin/redis-server \*:16389'
  Name = "redis-bosun-dev"
  IncludeCount = true

Scollector can also use the D-Bus API to determine the state of services managed by systemd and specified in the configuration file.

  Name = "^(puppet|redis-.*|keepalived|haproxy-t.*)$"
  WatchProc = false

  Name = "^(scollector|memcached)$"
  WatchProc = true

Windows proccess and service monitoring

Scollector will monitor any Windows processes or services specified in the configuration file.

  Name = "^scollector"

  Name = "^chrome"


Windows .NET process monitoring

Scollector can also monitor any Windows processes using the .NET framework. If no ProcessDotNet settings are specified it will default to just monitoring the w3wp worker processes for IIS. You can specify which applications to monitor in the configuration file.

  Name = "^w3wp"

  Name = "LINQPad"

Matching process will be monitored under the dotnet.* metrics, and if there is more than one matching process they will be assigned incrementing id tag values starting at 1. Where possible the w3wp names will be changed to match the iis_pool-names used for process monitoring.

Monitoring Docker Containers

Scollector has built in support for using cAdvisor to generate container.* metrics in Bosun for each Docker container on a host. To get started you will need to start a new container on each docker host:

docker run --name cadvisor --restart=always -d -p 8080:8080 google/cadvisor

And then from an external source poll for metrics using scollector with the Cadvisor configuration option. If you are using Kubernetes to manage containers you may also want to use the TagOverride option to override the docker_id tags (shorten to 12 chars), add a container_name and pod_name tag, and remove the docker_name and name tag:

  URL = "http://mydockerhost01:8080"

  URL = "http://mydockerhost02:8080"

#Override tags for Kubernetes containers
  CollectorExpr = "cadvisor"
    docker_name = 'k8s_(?P<container_name>[^\.]+)\.[0-9a-z]+_(?P<pod_name>[^-]+)'
    docker_id = '^(?P<docker_id>.{12})'
    docker_name = ''
    name = ''

You may also want to send the metrics to a test instance of Bosun (maybe using the Bosun Docker Container) to verify the metrics look correct before sending them to a production Bosun instance (hard to clean up data after it is sent).