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# Manual set up of JMX monitoring for Java process running in containers

There are two things which have to be done to make this happen: - add process arguments which tell JVM to expose JMX port with specific authentication info - provide authentication info to Sematext Agent

The first part can be done by defining a specific environment variable. Typically its name is JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS, the exceptions to its name are in case of: - Solr - SOLR_OPTS - Tomcat - CATALINA_OPTS - Zookeeper - JVMFLAGS

For password file authentication set the value of JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS, or its equivalent mentioned above, to:

-e JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS='-Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.port=3000 -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.ssl=false -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.authenticate=true -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.password.file=/home/user/passwordServer.txt'


For truststore based authentication set its value to:

-e JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS='-Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.port=3000 -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.ssl=true -Djavax.net.ssl.keyStorePassword=password123 -Djavax.net.ssl.keyStore=/home/user/server.ks -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.authenticate=false'


Note: make sure you adjust the file names and/or password. Note: environment variables above should be added to container you wish to monitor.

The second part depends on the container environment you use.

Docker/Swarm:

When using JMX password file authentication add this to the monitored container:

-e SPM_MONITOR_JMX_PASSWORD_FILE=/path/to/your/jmx/password/file


When using truststore authentication add this to the monitored container:

-e SPM_MONITOR_JMX_TRUSTSTORE_FILE=/path/to/your/jmx/truststore/file


Note: if you use docker-compose.yml you can define these env variables under environment section Note: environment variables above are added to container you wish to be monitor.

Kubernetes/Helm:

When using JMX password file authentication run:

kubectl create secret generic YOUR_APP_TOKEN_HERE \

kubectl create secret generic YOUR_APP_TOKEN_HERE \

Note: make sure you replace YOUR_APP_TOKEN_HERE with real token of your App (the same one passed in MONITORING_TOKEN env var)