Tutorial: Configure Apache Ambari email notifications in Azure HDInsight

In this tutorial, you'll configure Apache Ambari email notifications using SendGrid. Apache Ambari simplifies the management and monitoring of an HDInsight cluster by providing an easy to use web UI and REST API. Ambari is included on HDInsight clusters, and is used to monitor the cluster and make configuration changes. SendGrid is a free cloud-based email service that provides reliable transactional email delivery, scalability, and real-time analytics along with flexible APIs that make custom integration easy. Azure customers can unlock 25,000 free emails each month.

In this tutorial, you learn how to:

  • Obtain Sendgrid Username
  • Configure Apache Ambari email notifications


Obtain SendGrid Username

  1. From the Azure portal, navigate to your SendGrid resource.

  2. From the Overview page, select Manage, to go the SendGrid webpage for your account.

    SendGrid overview in azure portal

  3. From the left menu, navigate to your account name and then Account Details.

    SendGrid dashboard navigation

  4. From the Account Details page, record the Username.

    SendGrid account details

Configure Ambari e-mail notification

  1. From a web browser, navigate to https://CLUSTERNAME.azurehdinsight.net/#/main/alerts, where CLUSTERNAME is the name of your cluster.

  2. From the Actions drop-down list, select Manage Notifications.

  3. From the Manage Alert Notifications window, select the + icon.

    Screenshot shows the Manage Alert Notifications dialog box.

  4. From the Create Alert Notification dialog, provide the following information:

    Property Description
    Name Provide a name for the notification.
    Groups Configure as desired.
    Severity Configure as desired.
    Description Optional.
    Method Leave at EMAIL.
    Email To Provide e-mail(s) to receive notifications, separated by a comma.
    SMTP Server smtp.sendgrid.net
    SMTP Port 25 or 587 (for unencrypted/TLS connections).
    Email From Provide an email address. The address doesn't need to be authentic.
    Use authentication Select this check box.
    Username Provide the SendGrid username.
    Password Provide the password you used when you created the SendGrid resource in Azure.
    Password Confirmation Reenter password.
    Start TLS Select this check box

    Screenshot shows the Create Alert Notification dialog box.

    Select Save. You'll return to the Manage Alert Notifications window.

  5. From the Manage Alert Notifications window, select Close.

Next steps

In this tutorial, you learned how to configure Apache Ambari email notifications using SendGrid. Use the following to learn more about Apache Ambari: