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Mastering SaltStack - Second Edition

By : Joseph Hall
Book Image

Mastering SaltStack - Second Edition

By: Joseph Hall

Overview of this book

SaltStack is a powerful configuration management and automation suite designed to manage servers and tens of thousands of nodes. This book showcases Salt as a very powerful automation framework. We will review the fundamental concepts to get you in the right frame of mind, and then explore Salt in much greater depth. You will explore Salt SSH as a powerful tool and take Salt Cloud to the next level. Next, you’ll master using Salt services with ease in your infrastructure. You will discover methods and strategies to scale your infrastructure properly. You will also learn how to use Salt as a powerful monitoring tool. By the end of this book, you will have learned troubleshooting tips and best practices to make the entire process of using Salt pain-free and easy.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Mastering SaltStack Second Edition
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Chapter 11.  Monitoring with Salt

Many users are unaware that Salt wasn't originally intended to be used as a configuration management system. One of its first uses was to collect and store information on system vitals, such as memory, CPU, and disk usage. It can still be used this way today, and in fact, it has quite a bit more functionality now, which can be useful in monitoring. In this chapter, we'll discuss the following topics:

  • Using returners to establish a historical baseline

  • Using monitoring states

  • Incorporating beacons into your workflow

  • Setting up alerts

  • Using Thorium in your monitoring systems