Telemetry with LVM

Getting Started!

This guide is a “Hello World”-style tutorial which shows how to install, configure, and use Telemetry feature in a simple opensds with lvm setup. By following this guide you will be able to install opensds with telemetry tools, create test volumes, create sample grafana dashboard, create sample alert rules and view dashboards.

Deploying Opensds with Telemetry

Follow this opensds wiki link to install opensds with telemetry and Pay special attention to the section below before starting the deploy operation!

Download opensds-installer code

git clone
cd opensds-installer
# Checkout the latest release, give master by defualt or specfy the branch 
git checkout master

How to enable Telemetry installation

Update the file : ansible/group_vars/telemetry.yml to install telemetry tools

# Do you need to install telemetry tools?
install_telemetry_tools: true

Detailed instruction is in this link

Make environment ready for metric collection

export required OPENSDS environment variables

export OPENSDS_ENDPOINT=http://{{ host_ip }}:50040
export OS_AUTH_URL=http://{{ host_ip }}/identity
export OS_USERNAME=admin
export OS_PASSWORD=opensds@123
export OS_TENANT_NAME=admin
export OS_PROJECT_NAME=admin
export OS_USER_DOMAIN_ID=default

make sure pool is available

osdsctl pool list

Create a default profile firstly.

osdsctl profile create '{"name": "default", "description": "default policy", "storageType": "block"}'

Create a volume.

osdsctl volume create 1 --name=test-001

List all volumes in opensds.

osdsctl volume list

List all volumes in lvm.


example :

root@ubuntu-125:~# lvs

  LV                                          VG              Attr       LSize Pool Origin Data%  Meta%  Move Log Cpy%Sync Convert
  volume-94d29753-2edd-4257-9623-1ec6e128b68a opensds-volumes -wi-ao---- 1.00g

Create File system and mount volume.

mkdir /mnt/<Dir to mount>
mkfs.ext4 /dev/opensds-volumes/<volume-name >
mount /dev/opensds-volumes/<volume-name> /mnt/<Dir to mount>/

Generate some IO on disk using DD commands

Use DD commands repeatedly to generate some IO on created volume.

dd if=/dev/input.file of=/path/to/output.file bs=block-size count=number-of-blocks oflag=dsync

example :

dd if=/root/1/img2.jpg of=/mnt/user/img2.jpg bs=1G count=1 oflag=dsync

Open OpenSDS Telemetry UI

OpenSDS Telemetry feature specific UI can be accessed via


login using the default admin credentials: admin/opensds@123.

Telemetry UI image

View metrics/graph in grafana

Launch grafana from OpensdsUI ( Note: first time login from a browser will ask for user credentials. default user credential is (admin/admin) )

Add data source: Prometheus

First time login may require to add Prometheus as data source

Adding data source

Give Prometheus details

save data source

Create Dashboard with metric graphs

Home-> Add new Dashboard -> select graph

new dashboard image

select Edit graph and add query for lvm metrics (metric name starts with ‘lvm’ are produced by opensds lvm_exporter; similarly metrics starts with ‘node’ are produced by node_exporter)

edit graph image

add metrics image

Save dashboard and return.

Configure Alert

We need to configure the Prometheus server so it can talk to Alert Manager service. We are going to set up an alert rule file which defines all rules needed to trigger an alert.

Define alert rule file in prometheus config

vi /etc/prometheus/prometheus.yml

add rules_files config

  - alert.rules.yml
  - static_configs:
    - targets: ['localhost:9093']

create alert.rules.yml ( below is sample alert rule to generate alert when iops is >50 tps)

 vi /etc/prometheus/alert.rules.yml
- name: alert.rules
  - alert: HighIOPS
    expr: lvm_disk_iops_tps > 50
    for: 1m
      severity: "critical"
      summary: "High IOPS on {{ $labels.device }}  "
      description: "{{ $labels.device }} of job {{ $labels.job }} has been showing high IOPS  for more than 1 minutes."


  1. Why Grafana/AlertManager is not opening up from OpensdsUI ?

Ans: * Check whether these tools are opening independent by giving their URL (grafana: http://yourIP:3000 and Alert Manager : http://yourIP:9093) * Check whether these services are running systemctl status grafana-server.service systemctl status alertmanager.service * Check whether the URL updated in opensds.conf is correct cat /etc/opensds/opensds.conf [osdslet] alertmgr_url = http://:12454 grafana_url = http://.60:12457 node_exporter_watch_folder = /root/prom_nodeexporter_folder/

  1. Why lvm metrics are displayed in grafana
  2. Check lvm_exporter is running

    systemctl status lvm_exporter.service 
  3. Check lvm metrics are received in prometheus , by typing lvm metric names