Monitoring with Grafana Training Course


Grafana is a visualization and metric analytic suite. Grafana presents a visual representation of real-time data for application analytics. Grafana is most commonly used for home automation, process control, and more.

The aim of the course is to get familiar with modern data visualisation tool used for system monitoring – Grafana. The course is oriented for using Grafana in a time-series data environment. Participants will get both operational and administrative skills of day-to-day work with Grafana and most popular data sources like Prometheus and Graphite. In addition, Loki – a modern, Grafana-integrated approach for fetching and exploring logs is presented. The course is based on hands-on workshop that will take around 75% of the course time.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Set up the necessary development environment to start creating visualizations in Grafana.
  • Set up Grafana for high availability.
  • Customize panels and dashboards with data.
  • Configure a reverse proxy for fast loading speeds.

Format of the Course

  • Interactive lecture and discussion.
  • Lots of exercises and practice.
  • Hands-on implementation in a live-lab environment.

Course Customization Options

  • To request a customized training for this course, please contact us to arrange.


  • Basic understanding of data analytics
  • Basic Linux administration skills

Course Outline

1. Introduction to system monitoring and Grafana

  • Concepts of telemetry
  • Push- and pull-based telemetry
  • Sampling, data retention and downsampling
  • Grafana and datasources

2. Details of Grafana

  • Grafana installation
  • Accessing Grafana
  • Creating first dashboard
  • Dashboards, rows and panels
  • Timerange selector
  • Relative time and Time shift

3. Data sources

  • Prometheus architecture
  • Installing Prometheus
  • Accessing Prometheus web interface
  • Installing node_exporter
  • Getting metrics
  • Querying Prometheus
  • Scraping metrics to Prometheus
  • Graphite architecture
  • Installing Graphite
  • Feeding Graphite
  • Adding data sources to Grafana

4. Deep dive into Grafana panels

  • Graph
  • Singlestat
  • Gauge
  • Bargauge
  • Heatmap
  • Textpanel
  • Tablepanel
  • Dashboard list
  • Plugin panels
  • Manipulating panels

5. Annotations and alerting

  • Annotations
  • Alerts
  • Alert list panel
  • E-mail and other ways of alert notifications

6. Explore and variables

  • Explore functionality
  • Templating with variables
  • Dynamic panels based on variables

7. Loki – Grafana log aggregation system

  • Loki overview
  • Installation
  • Exploring logs

8. Grafana administration

  • Organizing Grafana
  • Migrating to MySQL
  • High Availability in Grafana
  • Running Grafana behind reverse proxy
  • Securing Grafana with SSL certificate
  • Troubleshooting Grafana

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