How to create custom CloudWatch memory metrics for ubuntu EC2 instance?

by XDK 28. September 2019 01:39


Launch an EC2 instance for which the custom CloudWatch memory metrics need to be generated.

Create an IAM role named "CustomMetricsRole" with a custom policy name "CustomEC2CloudWatch" to establish the interoperability between EC2 instance and CloudWatch as below
Policy : CustomEC2CloudWatch
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Attach IAM role to the EC2 instance

SSH to EC2 instance
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install unzip
$ sudo apt install perl
$ sudo apt install liblwp-protocol-https-perl libdatetime-perl

Download the CloudWatch Monitoring perl scripts for Linux
$ wget
$ unzip
$ cd aws-scripts-mon - Collects system metrics on an EC2 instance and sends them to CloudWatch - Queries CloudWatch and displays the most resent metrics - File template for AWS credentials

Push custom metrics from EC2 instance to CloudWatch
$ ./ --mem-util --mem-used --mem-avail

Create crontab and add the script to run at every minute intervals.
$ crontab -e
* * * * * /home/ubuntu/aws-scripts-mon/ --mem-util --mem-used --mem-avail


To retrive the most recent custom metrics from CloudWatch to EC2 instance

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Amazon Web Service | CloudWatch | Perl

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