Get started with Dynatrace

To start using Dynatrace, just create a free trial account, install OneAgent on a host, and see how Dynatrace immediately shows you the health and performance of that host.

If you want to read more about Dynatrace before trying it out, see What is Dynatrace?

Step 1: Create your Dynatrace account

To create an account

  1. Go to the Dynatrace website.
  2. Select Free trial.
  3. Enter your business email address and select Start free trial.
  4. Provide a few account details (nothing too technical) and agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. Select Create account.
  6. You should see a welcome message something like this.

Step 2: Deploy Dynatrace

After you create an account, download and install Dynatrace OneAgent on a host.

  1. Select Deploy Dynatrace.

  2. Select Start installation.

  3. Select the type of machine you are going to monitor: Windows, Linux, AIX, or Solaris.

  4. Follow the on-screen instructions for getting and installing OneAgent.

    • For Windows, there are no additional parameters to provide. Just select Download OneAgent installer to download the Windows installer. When the download is finished, copy the installer to the target Windows machine and run it.
    • For other operating systems, the download page will show you the exact commands for installing the agent. Copy the command and run it on the target machine to install the agent.
  5. The installer will tell you that Dynatrace OneAgent has successfully connected to a Dynatrace cluster node and display a congratulations message.
    Get started: connected

  6. After you install OneAgent, restart the processes you want to monitor (or restart the machine).

  7. Select Show deployment status to verify the deployment.
    You installed a single OneAgent, so you should see one host listed. Get started: deployment status

  8. Click in the Details column to see a list of services already detected and being monitored on the host.

  9. Select the host name and let Dynatrace show you how that host is performing.

Step 3: Take your first look

When you select the host name, Dynatrace shows you what it already knows about that host.

Get started: first page

CPU, memory, NICs, and disks

In our example, you can see CPU consumption (9%), memory consumption (49%), number of NICs (2), and number of disks (1). Click any of them to focus the chart on the selected item.

With CPU selected (the default), you can click Consuming processes to see exactly which processes are using that memory.

From the list of consuming processes, you can select a process to examine that process.

And from there, you can continue drilling down from the process point of view.

Similarly, you can drill down on memory, NICs, or disks to examine the host from those points of view.

Problems

Dynatrace automatically detects problems in your monitored environment and lists them here. If you just installed OneAgent, you might see no problems detected within the selected timeframe (the default is Last 2 hours).

You can always change the time range setting at the top of the page. In the next example, we changed it to Last 6 hours and discovered one problem (availability) within that timeframe.

You can drill down from a listed problem to get the details.

Availability

In this example, we have 100% availability for the selected timeframe.

If instead you saw some downtime...

...you could click on the chart to see details.

Processes

In this example, Dynatrace lists automatically detected processes and tells you if you need to restart any to monitor them.

Events

Dynatrace charts all detected events, which in this example are 8 process restarts.

Click Process restarts to list them all and see details.

Logs

Dynatrace shows you logs available for examination. Click a log name to search that log.

Step 4: Fine tune your environment

You can now access your home dashboard, by logging in to your Dynatrace monitoring environment. All monitoring data should be there already. However, some additional post-deployment steps are required.

  1. Define your applications landscape using My web application.
  2. Activate the suitable JavaScript framework to get additional monitoring data.
  3. Make sure that the auto-detected processes meet your expectations and fit your needs. If this is not the case, you can adapt the composition and/or naming of the default process groups.
  4. Customize your dashboard according to your preferences and needs. You can create separate dashboards for your most important applications or you can create a dashboard showing the health for your most critical infrastructure components.
  5. Set up the required notifications. In case you want to modify the conditions under which you want to be notified, you can also set up customized alerting rules.
  6. Define management zones to filter all Dynatrace views so that your organization's teams only see the metrics that are related to the entities that they are responsible for monitoring.

Step 5: Deploy to other hosts

You can see how easy it is to deploy Dynatrace to one host and immediately start monitoring it. But that was just a taste of what Dynatrace can do for you.