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NTP receiver 🔗

Description 🔗

The Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector provides this integration as the ntp monitor type by using the SignalFx Smart Agent Receiver.

Use the NTP receiver to retrieve clock offset from an NTP server. The receiver enforces a minimum interval of 30 minutes.

This receiver is available on Kubernetes, Linux, and Windows.

Benefits 🔗

After you configure the integration, you can access these features:

  • View metrics using the built-in dashboard. For information about dashboards, see View dashboards in Observability Cloud.

  • View a data-driven visualization of the physical servers, virtual machines, AWS instances, and other resources in your environment that are visible to Infrastructure Monitoring. For information about navigators, see Splunk Infrastructure Monitoring navigators.

  • Access Metric Finder and search for metrics sent by the monitor. For information about Metric Finder, see Use the Metric Finder.

Installation 🔗

Follow these steps to deploy this integration:

  1. Follow the steps to deploy the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector to your host or container platform:

  2. Configure the monitor, as described in the Configuration section.

  3. Restart the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector.

Configuration 🔗

This monitor is available in the Smart Agent Receiver, which is part of the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector. You can use existing Smart Agent monitors as OpenTelemetry Collector metric receivers with the Smart Agent Receiver.

This monitor requires a properly configured environment on your system, in which you’ve installed a functional Smart Agent release bundle. The Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector provides this bundle in the installation paths for x86_64/amd64.

To activate this monitor in the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector, add the following lines to your configuration (YAML) file. See https://github.com/signalfx/splunk-otel-collector/tree/main/cmd/otelcol/config/collector on GitHub for the configuration (YAML) files.

Configuration example 🔗

To activate this monitor in the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector, add the following to your agent configuration:

receivers:
  smartagent/ntp:
    type: ntp
    ... # Additional config

To complete the receiver activation, you must also include the receiver in a metrics pipeline. To do this, add the receiver to the service > pipelines > metrics > receivers section of your configuration file. For example:

service:
  pipelines:
    metrics:
      receivers: [smartagent/ntp]

Configuration settings 🔗

The following table shows the configuration options for the ntp receiver:

Option Required Type Description
host Yes string The host or IP address of the NTP server. For example, pool.ntp.org.
port No integer The port of the NTP server. Default is 123.
version No integer NTP protocol version. Default is 4.
timeout No int64 Timeout in seconds for the request. Default is 5s.

Metrics 🔗

The following metrics are available for this integration:

Troubleshooting 🔗

If you are not able to see your data in Splunk Observability Cloud, try these tips:

To learn about even more support options, see Splunk Customer Success.