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Best Practices

Set DT_CUSTOM_PROP before onboarding a service

The created tagging rules in Dynatrace expect the environment variable DT_CUSTOM_PROP for your onboarded service. Consequently, make sure to specify the environment variable for deployment in the Helm chart of the service you are going to onboard with the following value:

  value: "keptn_project={{ .Values.keptn.project }} keptn_service={{ .Values.keptn.service }} keptn_stage={{ .Values.keptn.stage }} keptn_deployment={{ .Values.keptn.deployment }}"

Disable frequent issue detection

Keptn relies on Dynatrace sending brand new alerts everytime a problem is detected. Therefore we need to disable the Frequent Issue Detection within Dynatrace. To do so, go to Settings > Anomaly Detection > Frequent Issue Detection, and disable all switches found in this menu:

Disabling frequent issue detection

Create a process group naming rule

While it is not a technical requirement, we encourage you to set up a process group naming rule within Dynatrace for better visibility of services, e.g.:

Screenshot shows the applied rules in action

Dynatrace naming rule in action

To configure this rule, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings, Process and containers, and click on Process group naming.
  2. Create a new process group naming rule with Add new rule.
  3. Edit that rule:
    • Rule name: Keptn Processgroup Naming
    • Process group name format: {ProcessGroup:Environment:keptn_project}.{ProcessGroup:Environment:keptn_stage}.{ProcessGroup:Environment:keptn_service} [{ProcessGroup:Environment:keptn_deployment}]
    • Condition: keptn_deployment (Environment) > exists
  4. Click on Preview and Save.

    Screenshot shows this rule definition.

    Dynatrace naming rule

See Keptn events

The dynatrace-service in Keptn will take care of pushing events of the Keptn workflow to the artifacts that have been onboarded. For example, the deployment and custom infos - like starting and finishing of tests - will appear in the details screen of your services in your Dynatrace tenant.

Keptn events