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Azure Cosmos DB


Azure Cosmos DB is a fully managed NoSQL database for modern app development. Single-digit millisecond response times, and automatic and instant scalability, guarantee speed at any scale.

The Centreon Monitoring Connector Azure Cosmos DB can rely on Azure API or Azure CLI to collect the metrics related to the Cosmos DB service.

Pack Assets​

Monitored Objects​

  • Azure Cosmos DB accounts
    • Availability
    • Cache
    • Document
    • Health
    • Latency
    • Throughput
    • Units
    • Usage

Discovery rules​

The Centreon Monitoring Connector Azure Cosmos DB includes a Host Discovery provider to automatically discover the Azure instances of a given subscription and add them to the Centreon configuration. This provider is named Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Account:


This discovery feature is only compatible with the 'api' custom mode. 'azcli' is not supported yet.

More information about the Host Discovery module is available in the Centreon documentation: Host Discovery

Collected metrics & status​

Metric NameDescriptionUnit
cosmosdb.account.service.availability.percentageService Availability%


Please find all the prerequisites needed for Centreon to get information from Azure in the dedicated page.


  1. Install the Centreon package on every Centreon poller expected to monitor Azure Cosmos DB resources:
yum install centreon-plugin-Cloud-Azure-Database-CosmosDb-Api
  1. On the Centreon Web interface, install the Azure Cosmos DB Centreon Monitoring Connector on the Configuration > Monitoring Connectors Manager page



  • Log into Centreon and add a new Host through "Configuration > Hosts".

  • In the IP Address/FQDN field, set the following IP address: ''.

  • Select the Cloud-Azure-Database-CosmosDb-custom template to apply to the Host.

  • Once the template applied, some Macros marked as 'Mandatory' hereafter have to be configured. These mandatory Macros differ regarding the custom mode used.

Two methods can be used to set the Macros:

  • full ID of the Resource (/subscriptions/<subscription_id>/resourceGroups/<resourcegroup_id>/providers/Microsoft.DocumentDB/databaseAccounts/<resource_name>) in AZURERESOURCE
  • Resource Name in AZURERESOURCE associated with Resource Group (in AZURERESOURCEGROUP) and Resource Type (in AZURERESOURCETYPE)
XAZURERESOURCEID or name of the Cosmos DB account
AZURERESOURCEGROUPAssociated Resource Group if resource name is used
AZURERESOURCETYPEAssociated Resource Type if resource name is used

How to check in the CLI that the configuration is OK and what are the main options for ?​

Once the Plugin installed, log into your Centreon Poller CLI using the centreon-engine user account and test the Plugin by running the following command:

/usr/lib/centreon/plugins/ \
--plugin=cloud::azure::database::cosmosdb::plugin \
--mode=latency \
--custommode=api \
--subscription='xxxxxxxxx' \
--tenant='xxxxxxxxx' \
--client-id='xxxxxxxxx' \
--client-secret='xxxxxxxxx' \
--resource='DB001ABCD' \
--resource-group='RSG1234' \
--timeframe='900' \
--interval='PT5M' \
--aggregation='Average' \
--warning-serverside-latency='800' \

Expected command output is shown below:

OK: Instance 'DB001ABCD' Statistic 'average' Metrics Server Side Latency: 0.00ms, P99 Replication Latency: 0.00ms |
'DB001ABCD~average#cosmosdb.account.latency.serverside.milliseconds'=0.00ms;0:800;0:900;0; 'DB001ABCD~average#cosmosdb.account.latency.replication.milliseconds'=0.00ms;;;0;

The command above checks the latency of an Azure Cosmos DB account using the 'api' custom-mode (--plugin=cloud::azure::database::cosmosdb::plugin --mode=latency --custommode=api). This Cosmos DB account is identified by its id (--resource='DB001ABCD') and its associated group (--resource-group='RSG1234'). The authentication parameters to be used with the custom mode are specified in the options (--subscription='xxxxxxxxx' --tenant='xxxxxxx' --client-id='xxxxxxxx' --client-secret='xxxxxxxxxx').

The calculated metrics are the average values (--aggregation='Average') of a 900 secondes / 15 min period (--timeframe='900') with one sample per 5 minutes (--interval='PT5M').

This command would trigger a WARNING alarm if the latency is reported as over 80ms (--warning-serverside-latency='800') and a CRITICAL alarm over 90ms (--critical-serverside-latency='900').

All the available options for a given mode can be displayed by adding the --help parameter to the command:

/usr/lib/centreon/plugins/ \
--plugin=cloud::azure::database::cosmosdb::plugin \
--mode=latency \


The Azure credentials have changed and the Plugin does not work anymore​

The Plugin is using a cache file to keep connection information and avoid an authentication at each call. If some of the authentication parameters change, you must delete the cache file.

The cache file can be found within /var/lib/centreon/centplugins/ folder with a name similar to azureapi<md5>_<md5>_<md5>_<md5>.

UNKNOWN: Login endpoint API returns error code 'ERROR_NAME' (add --debug option for detailed message)​

This error means that some parameters used to authenticate the API request are wrong. The 'ERROR_NAME' string gives some hints about where the problem stands.

As an example, if my Client ID or Client Secret are wrong, 'ERROR_DESC' value will be 'invalid_client'.

UNKNOWN: 500 Can't connect to​

This error message means that the Centreon Plugin couldn't successfully connect to the Azure Login API. Check that no third party device (such as a firewall) is blocking the request. A proxy connection may also be necessary to connect to the API. This can be done by using this option in the command: --proxyurl='http://proxy.mycompany:8080'.

UNKNOWN: No metrics. Check your options or use --zeroed option to set 0 on undefined values​

This command result means that Azure does not have any value for the requested period. This result can be overriden by adding the --zeroed option in the command. This will force a value of 0 when no metric has been collected and will prevent the UNKNOWN error message.