HTTPS and Wireshark

Using the two browsers (Firefox and Chrome), I’ll show you how to analyze the TLS traffic with Wireshark. If you only want to use one of the browsers, you can, of course.

What you need?

  • Wireshark (latest version)
  • Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)

Let’s start

After export do not change or restart you terminal. Or set an environmental variable (global/user specific) for example in .bashrc/.bash_profile/etc. file.

In another terminal, you can watch the file.

Wireshark and open Preferences -> Protocols -> SSL. Browse here for file “$HOME/Desktop/keys.log” and confirm your settings.

Wireshark SSL Settings

Start your record (may with filters) and open URL in browser. For example, you can now view the data in Wireshark via the “Decrypted SSL data” tab.


Create QA dashboards with Grafana (Part 5)

In the last tutorial of this series, we create the dashboards for testing and support. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 should have been successfully completed.

Dashboard Testing

First, I show the result. With a little Drag & Drop and resizing, your dashboard might look like this. But after all, it’s up to your creativity how the results look.

Final Dashboard Testing

I will just show now the most important configurations, from the 4th part you should already know the others.

Add following panels. 1x Graph panel, 2x Singlestat panel and 1x Pie Chart panel. Now edit the Graph panel.

Under tab General enter for Title: Results: $Testers. On tab Metrics select Data Source InfluxDB_test_db and enter From: default suite WHERE: qa =~ /^$Testers$/, SELECT: field(passed) alias(Test Passed) field(skipped) alias(Tests Skipped) field(failed) alias(Tests Failed), FORMAT AS: Time series and ALIAS BY: $col.

Testing Graph Metrics

For tab Axes just enable Show checkbox on Left Y and X-Axis, Unit: short, Scale: linear and Mode: Time. On tab Legend enable checkboxes Show, As Table, Min, Max and Current. On tab Display enable only checkbox Lines.

Now you can edit the Singlestat panels (one after the other). Here the important screens for Passed Total: $Testers:

Testing Singlestat Metrics


Testing Singlestat Options

For Singlestat Failed Total: $Testers, just change field(passed) to field(failed).

The Pie Chart Average: $Testers is simple, too. Here are the most important settings.

Testing Pie Chart Metrics


Testing Pie Chart Options

You’re done with 2nd dashboard. Don’t forget to save (incl. variables and so on)!

Dashboard Support

Let’s get to the last dashboard (Support). Again, the result.

Final Dashboard Support

Now add the following panels. 1x Graph panel and 1x Pie Chart panel (we dynamically generate the others).

Here now the important settings. On tab General have attentions to Repeat!

Support Graph General


Support Graph Metrics


Support Graph Axes


Support Graph Display

The tab Legend for Graph panel have only Show checkbox enabled. Let’s go to the Pie Chart settings. On tab General have attentions to Repeat!

Support Pie Chart General


Support Pie Chart Metrics


Support Pie Chart Options

That’s it with this series. I hope you have all the knowledge to create with Grafana awesome QA dashboards.

Create QA dashboards with Grafana (Part 4)

Finally, we can create the first dashboard. The prerequisite for this is that you have successfully completed the previous tutorials (Part1, Part2, Part3).

Pipeline graph panel

Now go to the still empty dashboard Pipeline. Add the Graph Panel here and select Edit in the title of panel.

Pipeline Graph Panel

In the Metrics tab you now enter the following values. Data Source: InfluxDB_pipeline_db, From: default, pipeline, WHERE: stage =~ /^$Stage$/, SELECT: field(duration), FORMAT AS: Time series and ALIAS BY: Duration.

Note: In case your graph is not displayed correctly, select on the Time picker dropdown: Last 30 days.

Pipeline Graph Metrics

Change to General tab and enter for Title: Duration: $Stage.

Pipeline Graph General

Change to Axes tab and enable checkboxes Show for Left Y and X-Axis. The Unit value for Left Y should be: minutes(m).

Pipeline Graph Axes

Under tab Legend choose enable following checkboxes: Show, As Table, Min and Max. For Decimals enter 2.

Pipeline Graph Legend

Our last action for the Graph panel will be done in tab Display. Here we add the Threshold. T1: gt, 15, Color critical, enable checkbox Fill and Y-Axis: left.

Pipeline Graph Display

We are done with Graph panel … don’t forget to save!

Pipeline singlestat panel (Last Status)

Now we add 2 more singlestat panels. One should show the Last Status and the other Last Duration. Press Edit for Last Status panel.

Pipeline Singlestat Panel

In the Metrics tab you now enter the following values. Data Source: InfluxDB_pipeline_db, From: default, pipeline, WHERE: stage =~ /^$Stage$/, SELECT: field(status)last() and FORMAT AS: Time series.

Pipeline Singlestat Metrics

Change to General tab and enter for Title: Last status: $Stage.

Pipeline Singlestat General

Close Panel edit mode and save.

Pipeline singlestat panel (Last Duration)

Last Singlestat will have following Metrics. Data Source: InfluxDB_pipeline_db, From: default, pipeline, WHERE: stage =~ /^$Stage$/, SELECT: field(duration) and FORMAT AS: Time series. Under tab General just add Title: Last Duration: $Stage.

Pipeline Singlestat Options

For tab Options select Stat: Current, Font size: 50%, Unit: minutes(m), Thresholds: 10,15, enable checkbox Show for Gauge, Min: 0, Max: 30 and enable checkboxes Threshold labels plus Threshold markers. Close Edit mode and save.

Final Pipeline Dashboard

Now you can play with the size and placement of the panels. My Pipeline dashboard now looks like this:

Pipeline Final Dashboard

If you change the variables (S1, S2, S3), the values ​​of the panels should change.

This leaves only 2 dashboards left. See you in next tutorial.

Create QA dashboards with Grafana (Part 3)

In the third part of this tutorial series we will create Query Variables and Annotations for our three Dashboards (Testing, Support, Pipeline). Thus, we can later provide interactive dashboards (instead of static ones). Stakeholders should be able to independently filter or select information, which makes the Grafana dashboards more interesting.

Note: This part assumes that you have completed the first and second part successfully.

Variables for dashboard Testing

For Dashboard Testing we need a query variable: QA. Go to the Dashboard Settings on Testing. Now select the “Add variable” button in the “Variables” category.

Grafana Dashboard Variables

Assign a unique name and label: Testers, select as Type: Query, Data source: InfluxDB_test_db and Refresh: On Dashboard Load. As Query insert: SHOW TAG VALUES WITH KEY = “qa”. In the Preview you should see already all values. Last enable checkboxes for Multi-value and Include all value. Press “Add” and “Save” buttons when you’r done.

Grafana Variables Testing

On the empty dashboard should now be a dropdown, with the values ​​visible.

Variables and annotations for dashboard Support

For Dashboard Support we need a query variable: Support. Assign a unique name and label: Support, select as Type: Query, Data source: InfluxDB_support_db, Refresh: On Dashboard Load and Sort: Alphabetical (asc). As Query insert: SHOW TAG VALUES WITH KEY = “support”. In the Preview you should see already all values. Last enable checkboxes for Multi-value and Include all value. Press “Add” and “Save” buttons when you’r done.

Grafana Variables Support

In addition, this dashboard should also have an annotation. Select the “Add Annotation Query” button in the “Annotations” category.

Grafana Dashboard Annotations

Give name: In vector, select Data source: InfluxDB_support_db, enable checkbox: Enabled and add Query: SELECT FROM “in” FROM “tickets” WHERE $timeFilter AND “in” >= 20. Press button’s “Add” and “Save”.

Grafana Annotations Support

On the empty dashboard should now be a dropdown and a checkbox.

Variables and annotations for dashboard Pipelines

Our last dashboard Pipelines will have a variable and annotation, too. Create therefore a variable with following configuration. Name/Label: Stage, Type: Query, Data source: InfluxDB_pipeline_db, Refresh: On Dashboard Load, Query: SHOW TAG VALUES WITH KEY = “stage” and Sort: Alphabetical (asc). Press buttons “Add” and “Save”.

Grafana Variables Pipelines

For the annotation give following values. Name: High Duration, Data source: InfluxDB_pipeline_db, Enabled and Query: SELECT “duration” FROM “pipeline” WHERE $timeFilter AND “duration” >= 15. Press “Add” and “Save”.

Grafana Annotations Pipelines

On the empty dashboard should now be a dropdown and a checkbox.

Okay … that’s it for the third part. In the 4th part we will finally add the pannels in the respective dashboards.

Create QA dashboards with Grafana (Part 2)

In the first part of this tutorial series, you created the environment and recorded some fictional data into InfluxDB. Now log in to Grafana and create data sources for your dashboard pannels.

The next steps will only be performed if you have stopped the environment via docker-compose stop.

You should now find yourself on the Home Dashboard.

Data Sources

The first step is to create the InfluxDB data sources for the metrics to be available in Grafana. To do this, navigate to Data Sources now.

Grafana Data Sources

Now click on “Add data source”. We will do this step 2 more times. For each database (test_db, support_db, pipeline_db) in InfluxDB we will specify a separate connection.

Assign a unique name (like InfluxDB_test_db), select as Type: InfluxDB, enter the URL:, select Access: Server (Default) and Database: test_db. Finally, press the “Save & Test” button. Additional values ​​are not necessary for this tutorial.

Grafana Data Source Configuration

If everything went well, you should get the hint “Data source is working.”

Repeat the process for the other two InfluxDB databases (support_db, pipeline_db). Pay attention to the values ​​of name and database. In the end, your configuration should look like this:

Grafana InfluxDB Data Sources


In this step, you will now create three empty dashboards (under General). Similar to the Data Sources – one for each database. Switch to Manage – Dashboards.

Grafana Dashboards

Select the “+ Dashboard” button. Before adding panels, give the dashboard a unique name. To do this, select the “Settings” icon (top right).

Give the name value, for example “Testing” and for Timezone choose: Local Browser Time. Finally, press the “Save” button.

Grafana Dashboard Settings

Repeat the process 2 more times. In the end, you should have created 3 empty dashboards (eq. Testing, Support and Pipelines).

Grafana Dashboards Overview

Perfect, you should now be able to see your 3 dashboards on the “Home Dashboard”.

Grafana Home Dashboard

In the third part of the series, you will learn to create annotation and variables for each dashboard. I hope you had fun and that you have been able to learn something new till here. See you soon in 3rd part.

Create QA dashboards with Grafana (Part 1)

Since I have my new role (Head of QA), many employees constantly want metrics from me. That means a lot of work for me. But since I do not always want to deal with such things, I have searched for a simpler way. So the question was – how can I deliver this data at any time and possibly from different sources (eq. JIRA, pipelines, test results, Salesforce, etc.)? Hmmm … Grafana is awesome – not only for DevOps! So in this tutorial series, I’d like to show you how to create nice and meaningful dashboards for your QA metrics in Grafana.

What you need?

  • Docker installed (latest version)
  • Bash (min. 3.2.x)

Prepare the project

In order to create dashboards in Grafana, you need a small environment (Grafana/InfluxDB) as well as some data. The next steps will help you to create them. The environment/services are simulated by docker containers. For the fictitious data, just use the bash script which I created for this tutorial.

Now copy/paste the content of the two files with your favorite editor. The content of docker-compose.yml.

And here the content of

Start environment and create data

Once the project and the files have been created, you can build and start the environment. For this you use Docker Compose.

In next step you create the InfluxDB databases (incl. fictitious measurements, series and data) via Bash script.

Note: You could use influx command to administrate InfluxDB directly.

Okay the environment preparation is done. Now start Grafana in browser.

New Grafana Login

The default username and password is “admin:admin“. Note, if you use docker-compose down you have to repeat most of steps like data creation. Better use docker-compose stop! … See you in 2nd part – where we add data sources and create dashboards.

Docker, Telegraf, InfluxDB and Grafana

I have already presented various tutorials on docker monitoring. This time we will use Telegraf.

Project preparation

InfluxDB preparation

Telegraf preparation

… Read more about Telegraf on documentation page …

Note: The space after /etc is just because of security settings of my provider.

… after short time …

Grafana preparation

After login (admin:admin) you can add new Data Source.

Grafana InfluxDB Telegraf DataSource

Okay … all done … you can start to create Dashboards or search for existing Dashboards for import.

Docker, cAdvisor, InfluxDB and Grafana

In previous tutorials I showed the basics for docker monitoring with Prometheus and Jenkins. Here are now the basics with cAdvisor. Many steps are similar and can be implemented just as quickly.


InfluxDB preparation

This time we start with InfluxDB, because cAdvisor needs it for connection!

cAdvisor preparation

Now we will use User, Password and Database name. You can find the documentation here.

After a while we can also see if cAdvisor sends metrics to InfluxDB.

prepare and run Grafana

After login (admin:admin) configure new DataSource for InfluxDB.

DataSource InfluxDB

When DataSource is configured we import the Grafana Dashboard. (ID: 1367)

Dashboard Search cAdvisor

… be patient (don’t press any button) …

Import cAdvisor Dashboard

Select already created DataSource (InfluxDB) and press “Import” button. Now you should see the Grafana Dashboard.