Access Grafana in Azure HDInsight

Grafana is a popular, open-source graph and dashboard builder. Grafana is feature rich; not only does it let users create customizable and shareable dashboards, it also offers templated/scripted dashboards, LDAP integration, multiple data sources, and more.

Currently, in Azure HDInsight, Grafana is supported with the Spark, HBase, Kafka and Interactive Query cluster types. It is not supported for clusters with Enterprise Security Pack enabled.

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Create an Apache Hadoop cluster

See Create Apache Hadoop clusters using the Azure portal. For Cluster type, select Spark, Kafka, HBase, or Interactive Query.

Access the Grafana dashboard

  1. From a web browser, navigate to https://CLUSTERNAME.azurehdinsight.net/grafana/ where CLUSTERNAME is the name of your cluster.

  2. Enter the Hadoop cluster user credentials.

  3. The Grafana dashboard appears and looks like this example:

    HDInsight Grafana web dashboard

Clean up resources

If you're not going to continue to use this application, delete the cluster that you created with the following steps:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. In the Search box at the top, type HDInsight.

  3. Select HDInsight clusters under Services.

  4. In the list of HDInsight clusters that appears, select the ... next to the cluster that you created.

  5. Select Delete. Select Yes.

Next steps

To learn more about analyzing data with HDInsight, see the following articles: