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In OKD 4.10, a cluster administrator can enable alert routing for user-defined projects.

Understanding alert routing for user-defined projects

As a cluster administrator, you can enable alert routing for user-defined projects. After doing so, you can allow users to configure alert routing for their user-defined projects. Users can then create and configure user-defined alert routing by creating or editing the AlertmanagerConfig objects.

After a user has defined alert routing for a user-defined project, user-defined alerts are routed to the alertmanager-main pods in the openshift-monitoring namespace.

Note the following limitations and features of alert routing for user-defined projects:

  • For user-defined alerting rules, user-defined routing is scoped to the namespace in which the resource is defined. For example, a routing configuration in namespace ns1 only applies to PrometheusRules resources in the same namespace.

  • The Cluster Monitoring Operator (CMO) does not deploy a second Alertmanager service dedicated to user-defined alerts. Cluster administrators continue to define the main Alertmanager configuration by using a custom secret or the OKD web console.

  • When a namespace is excluded from user-defined monitoring, AlertmanagerConfig resources in the namespace cease to be part of the Alertmanager configuration.

Enabling alert routing for user-defined projects

You can enable alert routing for user-defined projects. By doing so, you enable users with the alert-routing-edit role to configure alert routing and receivers for user-defined projects in Alertmanager.

Prerequisites
  • You have enabled monitoring for user-defined projects.

  • You have access to the cluster as a user with the cluster-admin role.

  • You have installed the OpenShift CLI (oc).

Procedure
  1. Edit the cluster-monitoring-config ConfigMap object:

    $ oc -n openshift-monitoring edit configmap cluster-monitoring-config
  2. Add enableUserAlertmanagerConfig: true under the alertmanagerMain key in data/config.yaml:

    apiVersion: v1
    kind: ConfigMap
    metadata:
      name: cluster-monitoring-config
      namespace: openshift-monitoring
    data:
      config.yaml: |
        enableUserWorkload: true
        alertmanagerMain:
          enableUserAlertmanagerConfig: true (1)
    1 When set to true, the enableUserAlertmanagerConfig parameter enables alert routing for user-defined projects in a cluster.
  3. Save the file to apply the changes. Alert routing for user-defined projects is enabled automatically.

Granting users permission to configure alert routing for user-defined projects

You can grant users permission to configure alert routing for user-defined projects.

Prerequisites
  • You have access to the cluster as a user with the cluster-admin role.

  • The user account that you are assigning the role to already exists.

  • You have installed the OpenShift CLI (oc).

  • You have enabled monitoring for user-defined projects.

Procedure
  • Assign the alert-routing-edit role to a user in the user-defined project:

    $ oc -n <namespace> adm policy add-role-to-user alert-routing-edit <user> (1)
    1 For <namespace>, substitute the namespace for the user-defined project, such as ns1. For <user>, substitute the username for the account to which you want to assign the role.

Disabling alert routing for user-defined projects

If you have enabled alert routing for user-defined projects, you can disable it. By doing so, you prevent users with the alert-routing-edit role from configuring alert routing for user-defined projects in Alertmanager.

Alert routing for user-defined projects is disabled by default. You do not need to disable it if the feature is not already enabled.

Prerequisites
  • You have enabled monitoring for user-defined projects.

  • You have enabled alert routing for user-defined projects.

  • You have access to the cluster as a user with the cluster-admin role.

  • You have installed the OpenShift CLI (oc).

Procedure
  1. Edit the cluster-monitoring-config ConfigMap object:

    $ oc -n openshift-monitoring edit configmap cluster-monitoring-config
  2. Change the value to false for enableUserAlertmanagerConfig under the alertmanagerMain key in data/config.yaml:

    apiVersion: v1
    kind: ConfigMap
    metadata:
      name: cluster-monitoring-config
      namespace: openshift-monitoring
    data:
      config.yaml: |
        enableUserWorkload: true
        alertmanagerMain:
          enableUserAlertmanagerConfig: false (1)
    1 When set to false, the enableUserAlertmanagerConfig parameter disables alert routing for user-defined projects in a cluster.
  3. Save the file to apply the changes. Alert routing for user-defined projects is disabled automatically.