Adding the BMC Helix plugin in an on-premises Grafana instance
If you are using an on-premises Grafana instance, you can add the BMC Helix plugin in your instance to leverage BMC Helix capabilities. You can use the BMC Helix to obtain Event, Metrics, and Cloud Security data.
You must be a tenant administrator to add the BMC Helix plugin in your Grafana instance.
For example, Tina is a tenant administrator and her company uses a monitoring software that is not yet integrated with BMC Helix. Tina's company uses an on-premises instance of Grafana that imports data from the monitoring software, which Tina uses to create dashboards. Tina learns about BMC Helix and wants to leverage its capabilities along with the Grafana instance that her company uses. How can Tina use BMC Helix capabilities?
Tina can download the BMC Helix plugin from the Grafana community, and add it as a data source in her company's Grafana instance.
To add the BMC Helix in an on-premises Grafana instance
- Log in to BMC Helix as a tenant administrator.
- Navigate to the user icon displayed on the screen and click API keys.
- On the API keys page, click Add key.
- Enter a description for the API key.
Copy the access key, secret key, tenant ID, and tenant URL and save them for later use.
Set the key expiry; you can set the key to never expire.
Best practiceAlthough you can set the key to never expire, for enhanced security purposes, we recommend that you set a definite key expiry date. After the key expires, you can extend the date by editing the API user.
For more information, see Setting up API users for programmatic access .
- Log in to BMC Helix Dashboards as a tenant administrator and navigate to Configuration > Add data source.
- Select the BMC Helix data source.
For a list of all plugins that you can add, see Out-of-the-box data source plugins.
- On the Settings page, enter the access key, secret key, tenant URL, and tenant ID that you just copied.
- Click Save & Test.
A success message is displayed when the configuration is complete.
Where to go from here
Configure the BMC Helix data source. For more information, see Adding and configuring a data source.
Hi - in Step 7 should it not say to login to the Grafana plugin datasource manager (https://grafana.com/grafana/plugins/bmchelix-ade-datasource/) and add the Helix plugin - rather than login to Helix Dashboards ? thanks
The BMC Helix data source should be added from the Helix Dashboards portal only as documented in step 7.
I have a question regarding "5. Copy the access key, secret key, tenant ID, and tenant URL and save them for later use."
No tenant URL is presented in the dialog. Which would be the correct URL and where is it documented?
The tenant URL is the browser domain URL. For example; https://.com
On the Step 9 - "On the Settings page, enter the access key, secret key, tenant URL, and tenant ID that you just copied." But there we see only below fields.
Tenant URL Platform URL Platform Queue
Exactly Where to add the secret key and access key?
The screenshot has been updated to reflect all the fields.
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