Deploy OneAgent on Kubernetes for application-only monitoring

Dynatrace supports Full-Stack Monitoring for Kubernetes, from the application down to the infrastructure layer. However, if you don't have access to the infrastructure layer, Dynatrace also provides the option of application-only monitoring. See below for instructions on how to set up Dynatrace to monitor your applications running on Kubernetes.

Note: When deployed in application-only mode, OneAgent monitors the memory, disk, CPU, and networking of processes within the container only. Host metrics aren't monitored.


Note: This deployment strategy requires extra ephemeral storage:

  • ~325 MB for glibc
  • ~290 MB for musl
  • ~650 MB for glibc and musl combined

Integrate OneAgent into your application

The following options explain how you can integrate OneAgent with Kubernetes applications.

The application-only injection strategy uses OneAgent Operator. Support for using Dynatrace Operator to handle application-only injection is in development.

Update OneAgent

Each time you want to leverage a new version of Dynatrace OneAgent, you must rebuild your local OneAgent code modules and application image. Any newly started pods from this application image will be monitored with the latest version of OneAgent.

If you've specified a default OneAgent installation version for new hosts and applications using OneAgent update settings, your Kubernetes applications will be automatically monitored by the defined default version of Dynatrace OneAgent.

Uninstall OneAgent

To uninstall OneAgent from application-only monitoring, simply remove references from your application or Docker image and redeploy the application.

Container build-time injection

  1. Remove the two lines of code from the application image.
COPY --from=<ACTIVEGATE-ADDRESS>/linux/oneagent-codemodules:<TECHNOLOGY> / /
ENV LD_PRELOAD /opt/dynatrace/oneagent/agent/lib64/
  1. Rebuild the application image.
docker build -t yourapp .

Pod run-time injection

Remove the install-oneagent YAML from your deployment template.

# your application containers
      - name: customer-app
        image: tomcat
        - name: LD_PRELOAD
          value: /opt/dynatrace/oneagent/agent/lib64/
        - mountPath: /opt/dynatrace/oneagent
          name: oneagent

# initContainer to download OneAgent
      - name: install-oneagent
        image: alpine:3.8
        - /bin/sh
        - -c
        - ARCHIVE=$(mktemp) && wget -O $ARCHIVE "$DT_API_URL/v1/deployment/installer/agent/unix/paas/latest?Api-Token=$DT_PAAS_TOKEN&$DT_ONEAGENT_OPTIONS" && unzip -o -d /opt/dynatrace/oneagent $ARCHIVE && rm -f $ARCHIVE
        - name: DT_API_URL
          value: https://<Your-environment-ID>
        - name: DT_PAAS_TOKEN
          value: <paastoken>
        - name: DT_ONEAGENT_OPTIONS
          value: flavor=<FLAVOR>&include=<TECHNOLOGY>
        - mountPath: /opt/dynatrace/oneagent
          name: oneagent

# Make OneAgent available as a volume
      - name: oneagent
        emptyDir: {}

Automated application-only injection

  1. Uninstall OneAgent Operator.
kubectl delete -f
  1. Delete the dynatrace namespace. This will also delete OneAgentAPM objects.
  2. Optional Remove the corresponding labels and annotations from namespaces/pods.
  3. Redeploy your pods.