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OpenShift cluster ๐Ÿ”—

The Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector uses the Smart Agent receiver with the openshift-cluster monitor type to collect cluster-level metrics from the Kubernetes API server, which includes all metrics from Kubernetes cluster (deprecated) with additional OpenShift-specific metrics. You only need to use the openshift-cluster monitor for OpenShift deployments, as it incorporates the kubernetes-cluster monitor automatically.

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

Behavior ๐Ÿ”—

Since the agent is generally running in multiple places in a Kubernetes cluster, and since it is generally more convenient to share the same configuration across all agent instances, this monitor by default makes use of a leader election process to ensure that it is the only agent sending metrics in a cluster.

All of the agents running in the same namespace that have this monitor configured decide amongst themselves which agent should send metrics for this monitor. This agent becomes the leader agent. The remaining agents stand by, ready to activate if the leader agent dies. You can override leader agent election by setting the alwaysClusterReporter option to true, which makes the monitor always report metrics.

Benefits ๐Ÿ”—

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

Installation ๐Ÿ”—

Follow these steps to deploy this integration:

  1. Deploy the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector to your host or container platform.

    By default the Collector is installed in the namespace youโ€™re logged into. To deploy the Collector into a different namespace, use the --namespace flag to indicate where to place the Collector in.

    • Install on Kubernetes When installing Kubernetes using the Helm chart, use the --set distribution='openshift' option to generate specific OpenShift metrics, in addition to the standard Kubernetes metrics.

      For example:

      helm install --set cloudProvider=' ' --set distribution='openshift' --set splunkObservability.accessToken='******' --set clusterName='cluster1' --namespace='namespace1' --set splunkObservability.realm='us0' --set gateway.enabled='false' --generate-name splunk-otel-collector-chart/splunk-otel-collector``

      Find more information in our GitHub repos.

    • Install on Linux

    • Install on Windows

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

  3. Restart the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector.

Configuration ๐Ÿ”—

To use this integration of a Smart Agent monitor with the Collector:

  1. Include the Smart Agent receiver in your configuration file.

  2. Add the monitor type to the Collector configuration, both in the receiver and pipelines sections.

Configuration options ๐Ÿ”—

The following table shows the configuration options for this monitor:








If true, leader election is skipped and metrics are always

reported. The default value is false.




If specified, only resources within the given namespace are

monitored. If omitted (blank), all supported resources across all namespaces are monitored.




Config for the K8s API client



list of strings

A list of node status condition types to report as metrics. The metrics are reported as data points of the form kubernetes.node_<type_snake_cased> with a value of 0 corresponding to โ€œFalseโ€, 1 to โ€œTrueโ€, and -1 to โ€œUnknownโ€. The default value is [Ready].

The nested kubernetesAPI configuration object has the following fields:








How to authenticate to the K8s API server. This can be one of

none (for no auth), tls (to use manually specified TLS client certs, not recommended), serviceAccount (to use the standard service account token provided to the agent pod), or kubeConfig to use credentials from ~/.kube/config. The default value is serviceAccount.




Whether to skip verifying the TLS cert from the API server.

Almost never needed. The default value is false.




The path to the TLS client cert on the podโ€™s filesystem, if

using tls auth.




The path to the TLS client key on the podโ€™s filesystem, if using

tls auth.




Path to a CA certificate to use when verifying the API serverโ€™s

TLS cert. Generally, this is provided by Kubernetes alongside the service account token, which is picked up automatically, so this should rarely be necessary to specify.

Metrics ๐Ÿ”—

The following metrics are available for this integration:

Notes ๐Ÿ”—

  • To learn more about the available in Splunk Observability Cloud see Metric types

  • In host-based subscription plans, default metrics are those metrics included in host-based subscriptions in Splunk Observability Cloud, such as host, container, or bundled metrics. Custom metrics are not provided by default and might be subject to charges. See Metric categories for more information.

  • In MTS-based subscription plans, all metrics are custom.

  • To add additional metrics, see how to configure extraMetrics in Add additional metrics

Troubleshooting ๐Ÿ”—

If you are a Splunk Observability Cloud customer and are not able to see your data in Splunk Observability Cloud, you can get help in the following ways.

Available to Splunk Observability Cloud customers

Available to prospective customers and free trial users

  • Ask a question and get answers through community support at Splunk Answers .

  • Join the Splunk #observability user group Slack channel to communicate with customers, partners, and Splunk employees worldwide. To join, see Chat groups in the Get Started with Splunk Community manual.

This page was last updated on May 29, 2024.