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Sensu Integration
The iLert Sensu Integration helps you to publish alerts into your channels or resolve alerts.
​Sensu is a tool that functions as an observability pipeline which delivers monitoring as code on any cloud.

In iLert

  • Go to the "Alert sources" tab and click "Create new alert source"
  • Enter a name and select your desired escalation policy.
  • Select "Sensu" as the Integration Type and click Save.
  • On the next page, an API key is generated. You will need the API Key when setting up the handler in Sensu.

In Sensu

  • Add Sensu iLert Handler
sensuctl asset add iLert/sensu-ilert
  • Make sure that the asset was added to your Sensu backend. Run:
sensuctl asset info iLert/sensu-ilert
  • In the following command, replace <ilert_key> with your iLert API key.
Then run the updated command:
sensuctl handler create ilert \
--type pipe \
--runtime-assets iLert/sensu-ilert \
--command "sensu-ilert -t <ilert_key>"
  • Make sure that your handler was added by retrieving the complete handler definition in YAML or JSON format:
sensuctl handler info ilert --format yaml
  • Trigger an event. You can try it with the file_exists check and an iLert handler workflow in place - remove a file to cause Sensu to send a non-OK event.
You can refer to the next section for more instructions.

Triggering an event

Add system subscription to entity

  • Find your entity name:
sensuctl entity list
  • The ID in the response is the name of your entity and replace <entity_name> with the name of your entity in the sensuctl command below. Then run the command to add the system subscription to your entity:
sensuctl entity update <entity_name>
  • For Entity Class, press enter.
  • For Subscriptions, type system and press enter.
  • Confirm both sensu-backend and sensu-agent are running. You can use docker ps if you are running both from docker.

Add the file_exists check

  • Before you can add the check, you need to add the Nagios Foundation asset to your Sensu configuration:
sensuctl asset add ncr-devops-platform/nagiosfoundationCopy
  • To confirm that the asset was added to your Sensu backend, run:
sensuctl asset info ncr-devops-platform/nagiosfoundationCopy
  • The check command includes the path for the file that the check will look for on your system, /tmp/my-file.txt. For this guide, you’ll add /tmp/my-file.txt as a temporary file:
touch /tmp/my-file.txt
  • You should see === ncr-devops-platform/nagiosfoundation followed by a list of available builds for the asset. Now that you’ve added the Nagios Foundation dynamic runtime asset, you can add its file_exists check to your Sensu backend. Use sensuctl to add the check:
sensuctl check create file_exists \
--command "check_file_exists --pattern /tmp/my-file.txt" \
--subscriptions system \
--handlers ilert \
--interval 10 \
--runtime-assets ncr-devops-platform/nagiosfoundationCopy
  • To confirm that the check was added to your Sensu backend and view the check definition in YAML or JSON format,
sensuctl check info file_exists --format yaml

Trigger a file_exists check

  • Remove the file /tmp/my-file.txt:
rm /tmp/my-file.txtCopy
  • This will make sure the file is not there for Sensu to find the next time the file_exists check runs. After about 10 seconds, Sensu will detect that my-file.txt is missing and reflect that in an event. To view the event with sensuctl, run:
sensuctl event listCopy
  • The response should show that the file removal resulted in a CRITICAL (2) event:
Entity Check Output Status Silenced Timestamp UUID
────────────── ───────────── ──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── ──────── ────────── ─────────────────────────────── ──────────────────────────────────────
host01 file_exists CheckFileExists CRITICAL - 0 files matched pattern /tmp/my-file.txt 2 false 2021-03-15 19:28:21 +0000 UTC 1b4266ae-7200-4728-a0n4-2f50f7a56613Copy
  • Open the Sensu web UI to see the events the file_exists check is generating. Visit http://127.0.0.1:3000, and log in as the admin user (created during initialization when you installed the Sensu backend). The failing check’s events will be listed on the Events page.
  • The Alert should be created on the Sensu Alert Source on iLert's side as well
  • To complete your workflow, restore the file that you removed so Sensu sends a resolution to iLert:
touch /tmp/my-file.txt
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In iLert
In Sensu
Triggering an event
Add system subscription to entity
Add the file_exists check
Trigger a file_exists check