How do I get started?

Understand the entire setup process at a glance:

Hello and welcome! Here’s a quick overview of the Dynatrace setup process. You can perform all these steps at once or approach them in stages. Either way, we’ll guide you each step of the way.

Download and install Dynatrace OneAgent

What you need:

  • Your Dynatrace password for login.

  • Administrator credentials for the servers where Dynatrace OneAgent will be installed.

  • Administrator rights for changing firewall settings (necessary only if your internal routing policy could prevent Dynatrace software from talking to the Internet).

The first step is to select the platform that your applications run on. We have installers for pretty much every Windows and Linux OS available. For Windows you can even opt for a Group Policy deployment. 

Once you’ve downloaded the right Dynatrace OneAgent installer for your environment, you’ll need to run the installer on all the machines that host your application and its supporting services. You’ll need admin rights for this. 

We’ll then show you a list of all the machines where Dynatrace OneAgent has been successfully installed.

For more detail on the installation portion of the setup process, take a look at How do I install Dynatrace OneAgent?

Restart your server processes

What you need:

  • Administrator credentials for the servers where you’ve installed Dynatrace OneAgent.
  • Permission and credentials required for restarting all your application services.

While still logged into the systems where your server processes run, you need to restart each process so that its command line can be modified. The processes that require restart are listed for you during setup. 

To restart your server processes, you’ll need to restart your web or application server. If your server is operating in a production environment, you may want to hold off on restart until the next scheduled maintenance period.

For full details on how Dynatrace automatically discovers server processes, take a look at How do I enable deep process monitoring?

You’ve arrived!

Great, the first stage of Dynatrace setup is complete! Now take a look around your new home dashboard.

home dashboard following OneAgent installation and process restart.

There’s a lot you can do to customize your home dashboard, including adding and arranging your monitoring tiles, but you’ll probably want to wait on that until after you’ve completed Dynatrace setup.  If you’re impatient , you can read about 4 things you’ll absolutely love about Dynatrace.

Start monitoring availability

Availability monitoring provides you with 24x7 global visibility into your web applications regardless of whether or not users are currently visiting your site. Using synthetic user visits, or web checks, you can monitor the availability of a URL or any number of business-critical transactions in your environment.

Ready to get started with availability monitoring? See How do I create an availability web check?

Connect Dynatrace to Amazon Web Services

What you need:

  • Your Amazon Web Services account ID.

  • Rights to assign role-based access to your AWS account, or

  • Your Amazon Access key ID and Secret access key.

  • Dynatrace AWS account name: 509560245411

You can integrate Dynatrace with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for intelligent monitoring of services running in the Amazon Cloud. AWS integration helps you stay on top of the dynamics of your data center in the cloud.

Before you can connect Dynatrace to AWS you need to configure your AWS account so that Dynatrace can access your CloudWatch metrics. To do this you can either define a special role for Dynatrace or you can use a private access key.

Once your Amazon account is set, you need to tell Dynatrace how to access your Amazon data. For details, see How do I start Amazon Web Services monitoring?

Connect Dynatrace to VMware platform

What you need:

  • Read-only vCenter or standalone ESXi account credentials.
  • Rights for changing firewall settings (only required if your internal routing policy may prevent Dynatrace software from connecting to the Internet).

Virtualization monitoring is indispensable if you depend on virtualized infrastructure in your data center. Once you include virtualization in your Dynatrace performance monitoring, you gain insight into your complete infrastructure stack and see how the virtual machines in your environment affect the performance of your applications.

Before connecting Dynatrace to your virtualization platform you should install Security Gateway. Security Gateway polls your vCenter or standalone ESXi hosts to obtain metrics for all the important resources that have been provisioned for your virtual machines (for example CPU usage, memory consumption, and data-store related activity).

Once you’re done with Security Gateway installation, enter the connection details that Dynatrace needs to connect to your VMware platform.

For full details on this step, see How do I start VMware monitoring?