Setup your collectors!

Netsil collectors can be run in both containerized as well as non-containerized environments. Only one collector is needed per host (VM or bare metal OS). Please follow the environment specific installation instructions below.


(Consult Supported Versions and Collector Requirements before installing.)

  • Save the manifest below as netsil-dcos-collectors.json

        "id": "netsil-collectors",
        "container": {
            "type": "DOCKER",
            "docker": {
                "network": "HOST",
                "image": "netsil/collectors:latest",
                "parameters": [
                  { "key": "cap-add", "value": "NET_RAW" },
                  { "key": "cap-add", "value": "NET_ADMIN" }
            "volumes": [
                  "containerPath": "/var/run/docker.sock",
                  "hostPath": "/var/run/docker.sock",
                  "mode": "RO"
                  "containerPath": "/host/proc/",
                  "hostPath": "/proc/",
                  "mode": "RO"
                  "containerPath": "/host/sys/fs/cgroup",
                  "hostPath": "/sys/fs/cgroup/",
                  "mode": "RO"
        "cpus": 0.2,
        "mem": 512,
        "instances": 1,
        "acceptedResourceRoles": ["*", "slave_public"],
        "env": {
          "NETSIL_SP_HOST": "${your_netsil_ip}",
          "NETSIL_ORGANIZATION_ID": "${organizationId}",
          "SAMPLINGRATE": "100",
          "DEPLOY_ENV": "docker"
        "constraints": [
            ["hostname", "UNIQUE"]
  • In addition, modify the instances field in the JSON to reflect the number of agent nodes in your mesos cluster.

  • Finally, install the collectors with

    dcos marathon app add netsil-dcos-collectors.json

Installing Integrations

Creating and Persisting the Config File

Below, we list some methods of creating the config file such that it will be persisted across container restarts.

If the service you are integrating with is running as a container, its integration likely supports autoconf. Thus, your integrations config file should reside in the /etc/netsil-dd-agent/conf.d/auto_conf directory of your collectors. Also, you should use%%host%% and %%port%% in place of any hardcoded host and port parameters in the config file.

Remember to use the Configuration section from the instructions page for your integration as reference for the name and contents of the config file.

Custom Images

Create a custom container image that derives from the base collector image provided by Netsil. The following is a template Dockerfile:

  # Collectors follow the same versioning scheme as the AOC, replace x.x.x with your AOC version
  FROM netsil/collectors:stable-x.x.x

  # Copy the ".yaml" file(s) at collector build time
  COPY *.yaml /etc/netsil-dd-agent/conf.d/auto_conf


Volume-mount the configuration directory from the host, such that the yaml configuration fields can be provided directly on the host file system. You will need to provide the following parameter to the container's run command:

  -v /etc/netsil-dd-agent/conf.d/:/etc/netsil-dd-agent/conf.d/:ro

Running the Integration

After you have persisted the config file, the integration should start automatically when the collector image itself is run.

Checking Configuration

First, SSH into one of your mesos agent nodes where you have the collectors installed. Then, check to make sure that all yaml files are valid with the following command:

docker exec <collector-container-name> /etc/init.d/netsil-collectors configcheck

Checking Runtime

First, SSH into one of your mesos agent nodes where you have the collectors installed. Then, check to make sure that the integration is running correctly with the following command:

docker exec <collector-container-name> /etc/init.d/netsil-collectors info

The output of the info command should contain a section similar to the following:

          - instance #0 [OK]
          - Collected 8 metrics & 0 events

Reporting Troubleshooting Information

If you are having issues with your collectors, you can run an inspect command which will gather troubleshooting information about the collectors, as well as any necessary logs. Follow the steps below to do so.

First, SSH into one of your mesos agent nodes where you have the collectors installed. Then, locate the container name of the collector and run:

docker exec <collector-container-name> /etc/init.d/netsil-collectors inspect

This will generate a tarball in the /tmp directory whose filename begins with netsil-collectors-inspection. You can obtain this tarball with the following commands

# To get the exact name
docker exec <collector-container-name> ls /tmp

# To obtain the tarball
docker cp <collector-container-name>:/tmp/<filename-of-inspect-tarball> .

Please send this tarball to us, via email or slack.


dcos marathon app stop netsil-collectors
dcos marathon app remove netsil-collectors