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Follow these instructions in order to view system resource utilization with the server_instace_netdata.yaml Grafana dashboard.

Instructions bellow will configure Netdata to bind to localhost and configure Nginx as a reverse proxy that will expose Netdata via a location directive with HTTP basic auth.

Step-by-step Guide#

This guide is built upon

1. Install Netdata#

Follow Netdata's official instruction on how to install Netdata:

2. Configure Netdata to bind to localhost#

Find the [web] section and make sure bind to =

cd /etc/netdata
sudo ./edit-config netdata.conf

3. Create HTTP basic auth password#


For this you will need the handy apache2-utils package to create a password that will be used with HTTP basic auth by Nginx. You can install it (on Ubuntu) by running: sudo apt install apache2-utils.

Create a username (e.g. monitoring) and password. You will be prompted after you run the htpasswd command for the desired password.


The username and password combo doesn't need to be the same as the one for the exporter.

# You may replace monitoring with any desired username
# add `-c` flag to create the file if it doesn't exist
sudo htpasswd /etc/nginx/.htpasswd monitoring

4. Add Nginx site configuration#

Add the location directive to your Nginx web server (/etc/nginx/sites-available/bigbluebutton) that will proxy traffic to

# Netdata metrics
location /netdata/ {
    auth_basic "Netdata Monitoring";
    auth_basic_user_file /etc/nginx/.htpasswd;
    include proxy_params;

5. Add Netdata to your Prometheus scrape jobs#

Add the following job to your Prometheus configuration. Replace with your BigBlueButton's domain.

- job_name: 'bbb_netdata'
  metrics_path: '/netdata/api/v1/allmetrics'
    format: [prometheus]
  honor_labels: true
  scheme: https
    username: "<HTTP BASIC AUTH USERNAME>"
    password: "<HTTP BASIC AUTH PASSWORD>"
  - targets: ['']

6. Import the dashboard to your Grafana#

Log into your Grafana web interface, click on + -> Import and select Upload .json file. Select the file extras/dashboards/server_instance_netdata.json from the repository (clone the repository or copy the contents of the file).


Multiple BigBlueButton servers#

If you wish to monitor multiple BigBlueButton servers simply do steps 1-4 for each server and then add each server's domain to the targets field in Prometheuses bbb_netdata job configuration.

Setup Netdata without the Nginx reverse proxy#

In the case you do not wish to deploy your Netdata behind the Nginx reverse proxy, you either need to fix the Server Instance Grafana Dashboard (not recommended) or add a Prometheus relabel config.

Thank you to @robbi5 for providing this snippet:

- source_labels: ['__address__']
  separator:     ':'
  regex:         '(.*):.*'
  target_label:  'instance'
  replacement:   '$1'

See issue #3 for more details.