Part 2



In Part 2, of this 2-part blog, we will deploy Prometheus and Grafana.

In Part 1 of this blog, we deployed all the metrics necessary for Prometheus to get the information about the pods, services, namespaces, node hardware, etc. 

Let’s dive in and deploy Prometheus and monitor the Kubernetes cluster using Grafana dashboards.


Step 1: Deploy Prometheus



All the deployment files for Prometheus are located in the “monitoring” directory.

    • $ kubectl create -f prometheus

This creates the Prometheus pod, services and deployment. Prometheus gets deployed in the “monitoring” Namespace.

Note: We have exposed Prometheus service on port 32300

To access the Prometheus through a web browser, use the below syntax:


Below is a screenshot of Prometheus in a browser. 

Click on the box (marked in red), which will give a list of query that you can execute and see the results.

We have executed a “kube_pod_info” query which gives the below output:

You can select the appropriate query and execute it.

As you can see, the output is not graphical and requires thorough reading to understand exactly what is deployed and if any pods/deployments have failed.

This is where Grafana comes in !!! Grafana provides a visual and graphical interpretation of the metrics data. Using Grafana dashboards we can monitor the status and health of the Kubernetes cluster.



Step 2: Deploy Grafana



The Grafana deployment files are in the monitoring directory.

    • $ kubectl create -f grafana/

This creates the Grafana pod, services and deployment. Grafana gets deployed in the “monitoring” Namespace.

Now if we query the “monitoring” namespace, we should get the below output:

    • $ kubectl get all -n monitoring 

NAME                                        READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE

pod/alertmanager-54f9b89f9c-smhct           1/1     Running   0          28h
pod/grafana-5844bc979c-t9srg                1/1     Running   0          2d1h
pod/prometheus-deployment-f9fb8d846-592pm   1/1     Running   0          2d1h

NAME                         TYPE       CLUSTER-IP       EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)          AGE

service/alertmanager         NodePort     <none>        9093:31000/TCP   28h
service/grafana              NodePort    <none>        3000:32500/TCP   2d1h
service/prometheus-service   NodePort   <none>        8080:32300/TCP   2d1h

NAME                                    READY   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE

deployment.apps/alertmanager            1/1     1            1           28h
deployment.apps/grafana                 1/1     1            1           2d1h
deployment.apps/prometheus-deployment   1/1     1            1           2d1h

NAME                                              DESIRED   CURRENT   READY   AGE

replicaset.apps/alertmanager-54f9b89f9c           1         1         1       28h
replicaset.apps/grafana-5844bc979c                1         1         1       2d1h
replicaset.apps/prometheus-deployment-f9fb8d846   1         1         1       2d1h


As you can see Alert-manager, Prometheus and Grafana are running in the “monitoring” namespace. “kube-metrics” and “metrics-server” are running in the “kube-system” namespace. 

To query the “kube-system” namespace to check if “kube-state-metrics” and “metrics-server” are deployed, use the below command:

    • $ kubectl get all -n kube-system



Note: We have exposed Grafana service on port 32500

To access Grafana through a web browser, use the below syntax:


Below is a screenshot of the Grafana login screen in a browser. 


You can use the below credentials for logging in. 

Email or username –> admin

Password –> admin

The next screen, asks for setting a new password, you can set a new password or continue with the above password, as shown below:


Click –> Submit


This will bring you to the Grafana Homepage

Next, click on the configuration icon below.

Configuration –> Data sources


This brings up the configuration screen.

Click the Prometheus –> Data source


Click Save and test


If everything is OK, then you should get the below screen.

Prometheus Data source successfully added

Now you can add Dashboards to view your Kubernetes cluster

Dashboards –> Import


You can search for Dashboards from the below link:

We have selected a Dashboard ID = 1860 from Grafana. Insert this ID and Load

Next, import the Dashboard. Ensure that you select Prometheus as the Data source and click on Import


Prometheus and import dashboard


Based on your Dashboard ID and your requirements, import the appropriate dashboard to monitor your Kubernetes cluster. Below is a screenshot of the Grafana dashboard.

Congratulations !!! You have successfully set up monitoring on your Kubernetes cluster, by installing metrics, Prometheus and Grafana. 


Part 1–> Installing monitoring metrics on Kubernetes cluster.