Integrating vCenter with PagerDuty

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Uptime and Reliability is more important now than ever during these times when Technology and Infrastructure is enabling us fight a global pandemic with work from home policies. It is no wonder that eyes lit up when you say PagerDuty and vCenter integration!

I’m going to explore how you enable this integration to automatically trigger a PagerDuty incident the minute vCenter detects something bad happens to your infrastructure!

Deploy VEBA

Let’s start with deploying VMware Event Broker Appliance (VEBA) which provides a event-driven Function as a Service running on a single node Kubernetes cluster delivered to you with the convenience of an appliance. Deploying the appliance takes less than 30 minutes provided you have your environment information readily available (Networking, Proxy and vCenter service credentials).

PagerDuty Setup

Skip over this if you are familiar with the first time setup process and also I’m no PagerDuty expert - There may be more than one way to do this or many considerations in setting this up for your Organization

We are going to be making an API call to PagerDuty Events API to trigger an incident for a service. While most of you might have your Pagerduty configured, i’m going to provide the steps that i used to guide those that are setting it up for the first time as a POC or for testing.

  • First I signed up for a developer PagerDuty account

Sign up for your PagerDuty Developer account here

  • Once you have your account activated or in your existing setup, you first need a team or user created, this can be done by going to Configuration →Team or Configuration →Users to create one or both

Instructions to create users are found here and to create teams are found here

  • Now that you have a team/user created, proceed to create an Escalation policy by going to Configuration → Escalations to define what happens when an incident is triggered

Instructions to create an escalation policy can be found here

  • Once you have your escalations created, you are now ready to create your Service which represent an application, component, or team you wish to open incidents against.
  • For our Service, we are going to setup the Integration to use PagerDuty Events API v2. This will give us the Integration key for us to use later within our function that we are going to deploy.

Instructions to create a service can be found here

  • To finish up and optionally, I also enabled the Slack v2 extension for my service which allows Pagerduty to send a Slack Notification when an incident is triggered. This integration also allows you to resolve an incident directly from Slack as well! Pretty neat!

Instructions to set up the Slack and PagerDuty integration can be found here

Alternatively, if you are looking to directly integrate your vCenter with Slack and send notifications, you can do that directly using our pre-built function that’s available here

Integrating with vCenter

Now that you have VEBA deployed as well as have PagerDuty setup for our integration, let’s get going with deploying our function which is readily available here. Find the summary of deployment steps below.

1. Clone VEBA repository

git clone  
cd vcenter-event-broker-appliance/examples/python/trigger-pagerduty-incident

2. Edit the configuration file

Change the configuration file pdconfig.json to add your integration key

    "routing_key": "<replace with your routing key>",  
    "event_action": "trigger"   

3. Create the secret

faas-cli login -p VEBA_OPENFAAS_PASSWORD --tls-no-verify   
# now create the secret  
faas-cli secret create pdconfig --from-file=pdconfig.json --tls-no-verify

4. Deploy the function

faas-cli deploy -f stack.yml --tls-no-verify

That’s it! The function by default is triggered by the VM Power Off/On Event and will immediately trigger a PagerDuty incident for our Service.

If you are looking to customize the function, the detailed deployment steps provided in the from the repository linked below should have all the information you are looking for.

Hopefully, this easy integration, enabled by VEBA, helps with your Organization’s SDDC Incident Management with PagerDuty.

Let us know what other integrations you’d like to see and Happy Eventing!