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Install the GKE - Control Plane App and view the Dashboards

This page provides instructions for installing the GKE - Control Plane App, as well as descriptions and examples for each of the dashboards.

Install the App

Now that you have set up collection for GKE, install the Sumo Logic App for GKE - Control Plane and access the pre-configured Kubernetes dashboards that provide visibility into your GKE environment.

To install the app, do the following:

  1. Locate and install the app from the App Catalog. If you want to see a preview of the dashboards included with the app before installing, click Preview Dashboards.
  2. From the App Catalog, search for “GKE” and select the app.

  3. To install the app, click Add to Library and complete the following fields.

    1. App Name. You can retain the existing name, or enter a name of your choice for the app.


    2. Data Source.  For GKE Log Source, leave Source Category selected, and enter the value of source category which you used while configuring the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Source.

    3. Advanced. Select the Location in Library (the default is the Personal folder in the library), or click New Folder to add a new folder.

  4. Click Add to Library.

Filter with template variables   

Template variables provide dynamic dashboards that rescope data on the fly. As you apply variables to troubleshoot through your dashboard, you can view dynamic changes to the data for a fast resolution to the root cause. For more information, see the Filter with template variables help page.

GKE - API Server Dashboard

The GKE - API Server dashboard displays information on the API server logs, which is the control plane component that exposes the Kubernetes API. Panels show details on the API server errors, warnings, and activities.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Monitor the health and performance of the API server.
  • Review server request rates.
  • Review server success and failure request rates.
  • Review client activity.

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GKE - Cluster Logs - Legacy Stackdriver and Stackdriver Monitoring Dashboards

The GKE - Cluster Logs - Legacy Stackdriver and Stackdriver Monitoring dashboards provide a high-level view of the overall health of the clusters, along with details on all the components and resources.

Use the dashboard to:

  • Review Cluster Health.
  • Verify Error Messages and Events by Severity.
  • Get an overview of Scaling on the cluster.

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GKE - Node Logs - Legacy Stackdriver and Stackdriver Monitoring Dashboards

The GKE - Node Logs - Legacy Stackdriver and Stackdriver Monitoring dashboards display information on the overall health of the nodes, along with highlights on errors, warnings, and unusual conditions.

Use the dashboard to:

  • Review Node Health.
  • Verify Error Messages and Events.
  • Resources created/killed on the nodes.
  • Review Scheduling details by nodes.

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GKE - Pod Logs - Legacy Stackdriver and Stackdriver Monitoring Dashboards

The GKE - Pod Logs - Legacy Stackdriver and Stackdriver Monitoring dashboards display  information on the overall health of the pods, along with details on the resources being utilized, errors, warnings, and unusual conditions.

Use the dashboard to:

  • Review Health of Pods.
  • Verify Error Messages and Events.
  • Review Pod failures and Pod Activity.
  • Review Scheduling details by pods.
  • Understand Container Image Events.

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GKE - Controller Manager Dashboard

The GKE - Controller Manager Overview dashboard displays information on the  controller manager, providing visibility into the core control loops for Kubernetes.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Review resource modifications for pods and jobs.
  • Review scaling operations and logs.
  • Assess severity trends and error messages.

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GKE - K8s Audit Logs Dashboard

The GKE - K8s Audit Logs dashboard provides security-relevant logs documenting the sequence of activities that have affected system by individual users, administrators or other components of the system.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Identify what happened on the Kubernetes cluster, when it happened, and who initiated the action.
  • Analyze user activities on the cluster.
  • Verify component creations, updates and deletions.

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