VictoriaMetrics metrics data can be both ‘pushed’ to the server and ‘pulled’ by the server. When setting up services, you can decide which mode to use.
The ‘push’ mode is now default for newly-added services. (In PMM 2.12.0 the default mode was ‘pull’.)
The mode (push/pull) is controlled by the
--metrics-mode flag for the
pmm-admin config and
pmm-admin add commands.
If you need to change the metrics mode for an existing Service, you must remove it and re-add it with the same name and the required flags. (You cannot update a service.)
Remapped targets for direct Prometheus paths¶
Direct Prometheus paths return structured information directly from Prometheus, bypassing the PMM application.
They are accessed by requesting a URL of the form
<PMM SERVER URL>/prometheus/<PATH>.
As a result of the move to VictoriaMetrics some direct Prometheus paths are no longer available.
|No equivalent, but there is some information at
flag metrics at
/graph/explore (Grafana) or
graph/d/prometheus-advanced/advanced-data-exploration (PMM dashboard).
|Some information at
/prometheus/metrics. High cardinality metrics information at
PMM predefines certain flags that allow users to set all other VictoriaMetrics parameters as environment variables:
The environment variable must be prepended with
To set downsampling, use the
downsampling.period parameter as follows:
This instructs VictoriaMetrics to deduplicate samples older than 20 days with 10 minute intervals and samples older than 120 days with two hour intervals.
Using VictoriaMetrics external database instance¶
This feature is still in Technical Preview and is subject to change. We recommend that early adopters use this feature for evaluation purposes only.
Starting with PMM 2.40.0, you can now use an external VictoriaMetrics database for monitoring in PMM.
The environment variable
PMM_VM_URL has been added, which should point to the external VictoriaMetrics database and should have the following format:
If the external VictoriaMetrics database requires basic authentication, the following environment variables should be used:
vmagent environment variables by prepending
When external VictoriaMetrics is configured, internal VictoriaMetrics stops. In this case, VM Agent on PMM Server pulls metrics from agents configured in the
pull metrics mode and from remote nodes. Data is then pushed to external VictoriaMetrics.
VM Agents run by PMM Clients push data directly to external VictoriaMetrics.
Ensure that they can connect to external VictoriaMetrics.
To troubleshoot issues, see the VictoriaMetrics troubleshooting documentation.
You can also contact the VictoriaMetrics team via:
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