How do I monitor OpenShift container platform?

Based on Docker and Kubernetes, Red Hat OpenShift is a next generation platform for developing, deploying, and running containerized applications, conveniently and at scale. Using the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (formerly OpenShift Enterprise), you can manage OpenShift on either physical or virtual infrastructure.

To monitor applications running within an OpenShift cluster, install Dynatrace OneAgent on each cluster node, as described below.

Before you begin

A Red Hat Customer Portal login is required to access the enterprise-ready dynatrace/oneagent image from the Red Hat Container Catalog (RHCC). If you don't already have a Red Hat Customer Portal login, you can register here.

Locate your Dynatrace OneAgent installer URL

The first step is to obtain the location for ONEAGENT_INSTALLER_SCRIPT_URL. This information is presented to you during Dynatrace OneAgent installation.


  1. Select Deploy Dynatrace from the navigation menu.
  2. Click Start installation and select Linux.
  3. Locate your ONEAGENT_INSTALLER_SCRIPT_URL, as shown below.


The following OpenShift Template uses a Dynatrace OneAgent Docker image with a DaemonSet to install Dynatrace OneAgent for full-stack monitoring on each node of an OpenShift cluster.

Note that enforcing the below dynatrace-oneagent.yml template requires a Service Account named dynatrace that can create privileged pods. See below for detailed instructions.

kind: Template
apiVersion: v1
name: dynatrace-oneagent
  template: dynatrace-oneagent
  name: dynatrace-oneagent
  annotations: Dynatrace OneAgent
    description: Installs Dynatrace OneAgent for all-in-one, full-stack monitoring of OpenShift with Dynatrace. Requires privileged access.
- apiVersion: extensions/v1beta1
  kind: DaemonSet
    name: dynatrace-oneagent
          name: dynatrace-oneagent
        - name: dynatrace-oneagent
          imagePullPolicy: Always
            value: "${ONEAGENT_INSTALLER_SCRIPT_URL}"
          - name: host-root
            mountPath: /mnt/root
            privileged: true
        - name: host-root
            path: /
        hostIPC: true
        hostNetwork: true
        hostPID: true
        serviceAccountName: dynatrace
  description: "A URL that points to your cluster's OneAgent download location (Select \"Deploy Dynatrace\" from the Dynatrace navigation menu to access your URL). Example:"
  required: true
  description: "Must be true if the SSL certificate check upon OneAgent download will be omitted, otherwise false (default). If you're using a Dynatrace Managed cluster with a self-signed certificate, set this to true."
  value: "false"
  required: false

Log into your OpenShift cluster as system:admin:

$ oc login -u system:admin

Select an OpenShift project to run the Dynatrace OneAgent image:

$ oc project openshift-infra

In this project, create a service account named dynatrace:

$ oc create serviceaccount dynatrace

Allow the dynatrace service account to pull images from the RHCC via Be sure to replace [username], [password] and [email] with your Red Hat Customer Portal's account credentials:

$ oc secrets new-dockercfg rhcc \ \
    --docker-username=[username] \
    --docker-password=[password] \
$ oc secrets link dynatrace rhcc --for=pull

Grant the dynatrace service account permissions to run Dynatrace OneAgent as a privileged container:

$ oc adm policy add-scc-to-user privileged -z dynatrace

Deploy Dynatrace OneAgent using the above dynatrace-oneagent.yml OpenShift template. Be sure to replace [oneagent-installer-script-url] with an appropriate download location:

$ oc process -f dynatrace-oneagent.yml -p=ONEAGENT_INSTALLER_SCRIPT_URL=[oneagent-installer-script-url] | oc create -f -
daemonset "dynatrace-oneagent" created

Verify that the dynatrace-oneagent daemon set has been created successfully:

$ oc status
In project openshift-infra on server

pod/dynatrace-oneagent-abcde runs dynatrace/oneagent
$ oc get pods
NAME                       READY     STATUS              RESTARTS   AGE
dynatrace-oneagent-abcde   1/1       Running             0          1m
$ oc logs -f dynatrace-oneagent-abcde
09:46:18 Deploying agent to /tmp/ via
09:46:24 Validating agent installer in /tmp/
Verification successful
09:46:24 Started agent deployment as docker image, PID 1234.
09:46:24 Container version: 1.x
09:46:24 Checking root privileges...
09:46:24 OK
09:46:27 Installation started, version 1.x, build date: 01.01.2017, PID 1234.


Uninstalling Dynatrace OneAgent from each node of an OpenShift cluster can be achieved as follows:

Select the project that runs the dynatrace-oneagent daemon set:

$ oc project openshift-infra

Delete the dynatrace-oneagent daemon set:

$ oc delete ds/dynatrace-oneagent


Whenever a new version of Dynatrace OneAgent becomes available in Dynatrace, you can re-deploy Dynatrace OneAgent as explained in the steps below. Your dynatrace/oneagent image will automatically fetch the latest version of Dynatrace OneAgent. If you've specified a default OneAgent install version for new hosts and applications in your OneAgent updates settings, the dynatrace/oneagent image will automatically fetch the defined default version of Dynatrace OneAgent:

Delete the dynatrace-oneagent daemon set:

$ oc delete ds/dynatrace-oneagent

Deploy Dynatrace OneAgent using the above dynatrace-oneagent.yml OpenShift template. Be sure to replace [oneagent-installer-script-url] with an appropriate download location:

$ oc process -f dynatrace-oneagent.yml -p=ONEAGENT_INSTALLER_SCRIPT_URL=[oneagent-installer-script-url] | oc create -f -
daemonset "dynatrace-oneagent" created


In case you encounter problems during Dynatrace OneAgent deployment on your OpenShift container platform, please visit How can I troubleshoot OneAgent deployment on OpenShift container platforms? for troubleshooting information.