Stackify Retrace Linux Agent Extension

Overview

Stackify provides products that track details about your application to help find and fix problems quickly. For developer teams, Retrace is a fully integrated, multi-environment, app performance super-power. It combines several tools every development team needs.

Retrace is the ONLY tool that delivers all of the following capabilities across all environments in a single platform.

  • Application performance management (APM)
  • Application and server logging
  • Error tracking and monitoring
  • Server, application, and custom metrics

About Stackify Linux Agent Extension

This extension provides an install path for the Linux Agent for Retrace.

Prerequisites

Operating system

The Retrace agent can be run against these Linux distributions

Distribution Version
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, 16.10 and 17.04
Debian 7.9+ and 8.2+, 9
Red Hat 6.7+, 7.1+
CentOS 6.3+, 7.0+

Internet connectivity

The Stackify Agent extension for Linux requires that the target virtual machine is connected to the internet.

You may need to adjust your network configuration to allow connections to Stackify, see https://support.stackify.com/hc/en-us/articles/207891903-Adding-Exceptions-to-a-Firewall.

Extension schema


The following JSON shows the schema for the Stackify Retrace Agent extension. The extension requires the environment and activationKey.

    {
      "type": "extensions",
      "name": "StackifyExtension",
      "apiVersion": "[variables('apiVersion')]",
      "location": "[resourceGroup().location]",
      "dependsOn": [
        "[resourceId('Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines',variables('vmName'))]"
      ],
      "properties": {
        "publisher": "Stackify.LinuxAgent.Extension",
        "type": "StackifyLinuxAgentExtension",
        "typeHandlerVersion": "1.0",
        "autoUpgradeMinorVersion": true,
        "settings": {
          "environment": "myEnvironment"
        },
        "protectedSettings": {
          "activationKey": "myActivationKey"
        }
      }
    }      

Template deployment

Azure VM extensions can be deployed with Azure Resource Manager templates. The JSON schema detailed in the previous section can be used in an Azure Resource Manager template to run the Stackify Retrace Linux Agent extension during an Azure Resource Manager template deployment.

The JSON for a virtual machine extension can be nested inside the virtual machine resource, or placed at the root or top level of a Resource Manager JSON template. The placement of the JSON affects the value of the resource name and type. For more information, see Set name and type for child resources.

The following example assumes the Stackify Retrace Linux extension is nested inside the virtual machine resource. When nesting the extension resource, the JSON is placed in the "resources": [] object of the virtual machine.

The extension requires the environment and activationKey.

    {
      "type": "extensions",
      "name": "StackifyExtension",
      "apiVersion": "[variables('apiVersion')]",
      "location": "[resourceGroup().location]",
      "dependsOn": [
        "[resourceId('Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines',variables('vmName'))]"
      ],
      "properties": {
        "publisher": "Stackify.LinuxAgent.Extension",
        "type": "StackifyLinuxAgentExtension",
        "typeHandlerVersion": "1.0",
        "autoUpgradeMinorVersion": true,
        "settings": {
          "environment": "myEnvironment"
        },
        "protectedSettings": {
          "activationKey": "myActivationKey"
        }
      }
    }      

When placing the extension JSON at the root of the template, the resource name includes a reference to the parent virtual machine, and the type reflects the nested configuration.

    {
        "type": "Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/extensions",
        "name": "<parentVmResource>/StackifyExtension",
        "apiVersion": "[variables('apiVersion')]",
        "location": "[resourceGroup().location]",
        "dependsOn": [
            "[concat('Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/', variables('vmName'))]"
        ],
        "properties": {
            "publisher": "Stackify.LinuxAgent.Extension",
            "type": "StackifyLinuxAgentExtension",
            "typeHandlerVersion": "1.0",
            "autoUpgradeMinorVersion": true,
            "settings": {
              "environment": "myEnvironment"
            },
            "protectedSettings": {
              "activationKey": "myActivationKey"
            }
        }
    }

PowerShell deployment

The Set-AzVMExtension command can be used to deploy the Stackify Retrace Linux Agent virtual machine extension to an existing virtual machine. Before running the command, the public and private configurations need to be stored in a PowerShell hash table.

The extension requires the environment and activationKey.

$PublicSettings = @{"environment" = "myEnvironment"}
$ProtectedSettings = @{"activationKey" = "myActivationKey"}

Set-AzVMExtension -ExtensionName "Stackify.LinuxAgent.Extension" `
    -ResourceGroupName "myResourceGroup" `
    -VMName "myVM" `
    -Publisher "Stackify.LinuxAgent.Extension" `
    -ExtensionType "StackifyLinuxAgentExtension" `
    -TypeHandlerVersion 1.0 `
    -Settings $PublicSettings `
    -ProtectedSettings $ProtectedSettings `
    -Location WestUS `

Azure CLI deployment

The Azure CLI tool can be used to deploy the Stackify Retrace Linux Agent virtual machine extension to an existing virtual machine.

The extension requires the environment and activationKey.

az vm extension set --publisher 'Stackify.LinuxAgent.Extension' --version 1.0 --name 'StackifyLinuxAgentExtension' --protected-settings '{"activationKey":"myActivationKey"}' --settings '{"environment":"myEnvironment"}'  --resource-group 'myResourceGroup' --vm-name 'myVmName'

Troubleshoot and support

Error codes

Error code Meaning Possible action
10 Install Error wget is required
20 Install Error python is required
30 Install Error sudo is required
40 Install Error activationKey is required
51 Install Error OS distro not supported
60 Install Error environment is required
70 Install Error Unknown
80 Enable Error Service setup failed
90 Enable Error Service startup failed
100 Disable Error Service Stop Failed
110 Disable Error Service Removal Failed
120 Uninstall Error Service Stop Failed

If you need more help you can contact Stackify support at https://support.stackify.com.