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    Getting Started with Sysdig Monitor

    Sysdig Monitor allows you to maximize the visibility of your Kubernetes environments with native Prometheus support. You can troubleshoot issues faster with Sysdig’s eBPF derived metrics, out-of-the-box dashboards, and alerts.

    You can choose Sysdig Monitor for a Free Trial option to quickly connect to a single cloud account with Sysdig and start with Prometheus-compatible Kubernetes and cloud monitoring.

    Once connected, the Get Started page shows a subset of the options available in the 30-day trial or Enterprise.

    Get Started Page (SaaS)

    The Get Started page targets the key steps to ensure users are getting the most value out of Sysdig Monitor. The page is updated with new steps as users complete tasks and Sysdig adds new features to the product.

    The Get Started page also serves as a linking page for

    • Documentation

    • Release Notes

    • The Sysdig Blog

    • Self-Paced Training

    • Support

    Users can access the Get Started page at any time by clicking the rocketship in the side menu.

    Install the Agent

    Installing the agent on your infrastructure allows Sysdig to collect data for monitoring and security purposes. For more information, see Quick Install Sysdig Agent on Kubernetes.

    (Optional) Connect Your Prometheus Servers

    Connecting your Prometheus servers to Sysdig-managed Prometheus Service helps leverage Sysdig for scalable long-term storage of your Prometheus metrics, PromQL dashboards, centralized querying, and PromQL-based alerting. For more information, see Collect Prometheus Metrics.

    Invite Your Team

    Invite someone in your team to use this Sysdig Monitor account. They will be notified with an email. A user will be created for them and will be added to the default team. They are automatically assigned to the Advanced User role.

    Monitor Your Kubernetes Clusters

    Get a unified view of the health, risk, and capacity of your Kubernetes infrastructure in a multi- and hybrid-cloud environment. For more information, see Dashboard Templates.

    Workload Status & Performance

    Get deep insight into your Kubernetes workloads faster with the Workload Status & Performance Dashboard.

    Pod Status & Performance

    Drill down to workload pods and monitor pod-level resource usage and troubleshoot performance issues with the Pod Status & Performance Dashboard.

    Cluster Capacity Planning

    Verify if your cluster is sized properly for existing deployed applications, identify over-commit on resources that can lead to pod evictions, discover unused requested resources or containers without limits defined with the Cluster Capacity Planning Dashboard.

    Cluster/Namespace Available Resources

    Determine if your cluster has the capacity to deploy a new workload and ascertain if increasing CPU or memory requests or placing limits on an existing application is necessary with the Cluster/Namespace Available Resources Dashboard.

    Pod Rightsizing & Workload Capacity Optimization

    Identify resource-hogging workloads while optimizing your capacity with the Pod Rightsizing & Workload Capacity Optimization Dashboard.

    Set Up Alert

    Sysdig Monitor emits alerts to get proactive notification of events, anomalies, or any incident that requires attention. The alerting system provides out-of-the-box push gateways for regular email, Slack, Cloud-provider notification queues, and custom webhooks, among others. See .

    Configure a Notification Channel

    Alerts are used in Sysdig Monitor when Event thresholds have been crossed and can be sent over a variety of supported notification channels. Integrate Sysdig with your notification dispatchers and incident management workflows. See Set Up Notification Channels

    Turn on Alerts

    Turn on recommended alerts from our Alerts Library. Customize our recommendations or create your own alerts from scratch. See Alerts Library.

    Monitor Your Services

    Create a Dashboard

    Create customized dashboards to display the most relevant views and metrics for the infrastructure in a single location. Each dashboard is comprised of a series of panels configured to display specific data in a number of different formats. See Dashboards.

    Get Started with PromQL

    Write PromQL queries easier with form-based querying available with Sysdig Monitor. All metrics are enriched with cloud and Kubernetes metadata avoiding complicated PromQL joins. See Using PromQL.

    Monitoring Integrations

    Sysdig discovers services running in infrastructure and recommends appropriate Monitoring Integrations that allow you to collect service-specific metrics. The integration bundle includes out-of-the-box dashboards and default alerts. See Configure Monitoring Integrations.

    Advanced Actions

    Integrate development tools:

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    Basic Onboarding

    This section describes onboarding tips for Sysdig Monitor on-premises versions prior to 3.5.0.

    Access the Sysdig Monitor Interface

    To access the interface, the Sysdig Agent must be installed. For instructions on installing the Sysdig agent, see the Agent Installation documentation.

    • The first user becomes the administrator.

    • Once agent installation is complete, the Sysdig Monitor interface is available at, if you are in the US East region. For other regions, the format is https://<region> Replace <region> with the region where your Sysidig application is hosted. For example, for Sysdig Monitor in the EU, you use

      See SaaS Regions and IP Ranges and identify the correct URLs associated with your Sysdig application and region.

    • Subsequent users must also have user credentials defined, either through Sysdig Monitor or through an integrated authentication tool.

      For information on creating users, see User and Team Administration.

    The Sysdig Monitor Interface

    The Explore module is the primary starting point for all troubleshooting with Sysdig Monitor, and the default homepage of the web interface for all users. An overview of the health of the entire infrastructure is displayed in a table, with various infrastructure components broken into a pre-configured hierarchical grouping.

    Groupings are hierarchical aggregations that allow users to break down their infrastructure into logical sections to find and view issues. The default out-of-the-box grouping is host.hostName →

    For more information on groupings, refer to the Grouping, Scoping, and Segmenting Metrics section.

    The left-side menu provides access to the five primary modules within Sysdig Monitor, in addition to the user menus and Spotlight.




    The Overview module provides a unified view of the health, risk, and capacity of your Kubernetes infrastructure.


    The Explore module provides users with an in-depth overview of the entire infrastructure, and the ability to deep dive into metrics and dashboards to troubleshoot issues.


    The Dashboards module allows users to create, modify, and share dashboards.

    For more information, refer to the Dashboards documentation.


    The Alerts module allows users to create, modify, and enable/disable the current alerts configured in Sysdig Monitor, to ensure infrastructure issues are identified effectively.

    For more information, refer to the Alerts documentation.


    The Events module provides a detailed list of any events that triggered an alert within the infrastructure.

    For more information, refer to the Events documentation.


    The Captures page provides a complete list of any capture files that have been created within Sysdig Monitor.

    For more information, refer to the Captures documentation.

    Manage Integrations with Sysdig Spotlight

    Sysdig Spotlight provides an at a glance summary of the current state of the infrastructure and helps configure applications to be monitored.

    You manage Sysdig Monitor integrations through Sysdig Spotlight, before being configured separately.

    Add an Integration

    To add new integrations:

    1. Click the Spotlight (target) icon in the management section of the left-hand sidebar to open Sysdig Spotlight.

    2. Click the Manage Your Integrations link.

    3. Choose the integrations to add by selecting the relevant icon, or by searching for the integration, and then selecting the relevant icon. Multiple integrations can be added at once.

    4. Click the Add X Integration/s button to add the integrations to Sysdig Monitor.

    Integrations whose configuration is pending are marked with a warning symbol.

    For configuration and supported applications, refer to the Integrations for Sysdig Monitor documentation.

    Delete an Integration

    To delete existing integrations:

    1. From the Spotlight page, select the integrations to remove.

      Running integrations cannot be removed.

    2. Click the Remove X Integration(s) button.

    3. Click the Remove link to confirm the changes.