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Options for sending alerts from your logs stack for different scenarios
Options for sending alerts from your logs stack for different scenarios

Setup and configure log alerting for more advanced scenarios including FAQs

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Written by Kieran Southern
Updated over a week ago

Introduction

This guide is designed to assist users who are setting up alert rules for their Log Management Stacks on Logit.io and provides step-by-step instructions for different scenarios, in addition to some FAQs that you might find useful.

1. Receiving an alert when a specific field changes value in a certain time window

Problem:

You want to receive alerts when the "MyFieldName" field in the JSON payload is set to true in a certain time period.

Solution:

Use the Spike Rule to achieve this. This rule type allows you to trigger alerts based on specific conditions in the JSON payload. In our case, it's perfect for detecting when "MyFieldName" is set to true.

Step-by-Step:

  1. Navigate to your Logit.io dashboard.

  2. Navigate to the settings for your Stack by choosing “View” for any stack.

  3. Access the Alert & Notifications section from the left-hand menu.

  4. Click on "Create Rule" to start a new rule configuration.

  5. Select the Spike Rule type from the available options.

  6. Configure the rule query to "MyFieldName:MyFieldValue"

  7. Set the hours, spike_height and spike_type based on your monitoring needs.

  8. Choose the desired alert action, such as sending an email or Slack notification.

  9. Save the rule to activate it.

Example template:

name: "Spike example alert"
type: spike
index: "*-*"
timeframe:
hours: 7
spike_height: 1
spike_type: "up"
- query:
query_string:
query: "MyFieldName:MyFieldValue"
alert:
- "email"
email:
- "example@logit.io"

2. Customizing Rules for Different Applications or Computers

Problem:

You have multiple applications or computers and want distinct alerts for errors from each. The same rule will work for any errors that are reported, irrespective of the machine they came from. The information in the alert will tell you the details about which machine is alerting.

Solution:

Leverage the flexibility of Logit.io's alerting engine. Create rules based on various fields in your JSON payload to differentiate and categorize alerts based on unique criteria. It may be worth configuring separate alerts for different machines by restricting the query value to only alerts based on the required field and machine name.

Follow these detailed steps to create rules tailored to each application or computer:

Step-by-Step:

  1. In the Alert & Notifications section, click on "Create Rule."

  2. Under the rule configuration, use the query filter in ElastAlert to specify the field conditions for each application or computer.

  3. Customize the alert action based on your requirements, considering different notification channels or formats.

  4. Save the rule to activate it.

Example template:

name: "Any match alert example"
type: any
index: "*-*"
filter:
- query:
query_string:
query: "agent.machinename:myserver AND status: MyFieldName:MyFieldValue"

alert:
- "slack"
slack_webhook_url:
- “[YOUR SLACK HOOK]”

3. Detecting Web Request Interruptions

Problem:

You want to receive alerts if the web request stops coming in, indicating a potential interruption.

Solution:

Implement rules using the Flatline Alert Type in ElastAlert. This rule type is suitable for scenarios where you want to be alerted if you receive a very small number of logs, indicating a potential interruption in the data flow.

Step-by-Step:

  1. Create a new rule with the Flatline Alert Type.

  2. Configure the rule to trigger when the number of logs falls below a specified threshold within a set timeframe.

  3. Set up the alert action, such as sending an email or Slack notification.

  4. Save the rule to activate it.

Example template:

name: "Heartbeat flatline Example Alert"
type: flatline
index: "*-*"
threshold: 100
timeframe:
minutes: 10
filter:
- query:
query_string:
query: "message: heartbeat*"
use_count_query: true
doc_type: _doc
alert:
- "email"
email:
- "example@logit.io"

4. Fine-Tuning Rule Execution Frequency

Problem:

You prefer immediate alerts upon error detection without much historical tracking.

Solution:

By default, Logit.io's rules are executed every 1 minute which for most use cases is suitable. Adjust the time frame and execution frequency in your rules based on your preference for alerts.

If you need the alerts to run more frequently than every 1 minute reach out to us via the normal support channels.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How often are the rules executed?

A: By default, rules in Logit.io are executed every 1 minute. You can adjust the execution frequency for each rule based on your specific requirements.

Q: Can I receive alerts only upon immediate error detection?

A: Yes, you can fine-tune the execution frequency and time frame in your rules to receive immediate alerts upon error detection without much historical tracking.

Follow these detailed steps, and you'll be able to configure Log alert rules tailored to your specific needs in Logit.io

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