AppOptics recently introduced a revamped infrastructure view which includes a Host Map. We hope that it’s helping you identify and resolve issues quickly on your infrastructure.
Today, we want to introduce yet another useful feature, especially if you’re also a Papertrail™ user. You’re now able to trail your host directly from AppOptics™ to Papertrail and see its logs.
This is super handy when you’ve identified a host with high resource utilization or high error counts and want to actually find out what’s happening in that host through its logs.
How to trail into Papertrail from AppOptics
AppOptics and Papertrail are part of SolarWinds Cloud® product suites that offer deep visibility into your applications and infrastructure.
How do you get started? Quickly head over to the Integrations page in AppOptics, and you’ll see Papertrail listed under the Hosted Services section.
Prerequisite: You should be sending your server logs into Papertrail
Click on the Papertrail integration card to bring up the configuration panel.
It’s a very straightforward configuration to turn on the Papertrail integration in AppOptics. Just press the “Enable” button.
Once the Papertrail integration is enabled, you’ll see a link to open the Host Logs in Papertrail available on the Host Details card.
Clicking on the Papertrail link on the Host Details card will open up Papertrail on a separate tab where you’ll immediately be able to see the logs from that host.
Note: You’ll need to log in to Papertrail if you do not have an active, authenticated Papertrail session.
Now, you can browse through the server logs and find information that will provide more insights into what’s happening on that server.
Trailing in Action
Let’s say I have instrumented my application services using AppOptics APM agents. Using the host map, I can visualize hosts running these services and use the service error counts metric to see which hosts are encountering errors.
I can see that there are few hosts where a good number of errors have been detected. I can open up the hosts card and do the following:
- Check my system resource utilization for that host
- Trail that host’s logs by opening it up in Papertrail
With AppOptics and Papertrail integration you can start to correlate APM metrics to Infrastructure KPIs and trail down into individual host logs. You can have an easy, yet full observability into how your application is running on your infrastructure.
Go ahead and give it a try! Happy trailing!