To get up and running with Auto-telemetry with Pixie, start with our guided install. The guided install deploys the New Relic integration with Pixie on your cluster. You don't need to do any further configuration or installation to start using Pixie.
If you want to install Auto-telemetry with Pixie on multiple clusters, re-run the guided install for each additional cluster.
General prerequisites for using Pixie
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Tips before getting started:
- Review this Pixie data security overview for actions to take to secure your data.
- Make sure your clusters have sufficient memory. Pixie requires, at minimum, 1Gib of memory on each node in your cluster. Review this Pixie memory management overview for actions to take to tune memory usage.
- Make sure Pixie runs in privileged mode.
- Review the other Pixie technical requirements.
Setup steps depend on your account status
Use the following table to find out where to start installing Auto-telemetry with Pixie. Where you start the installation depends on whether you already have a New Relic or Pixie account, or both.
Start the guided install at the beginning of the process.
If you already have both types of accounts and used the same email address for each of them, click the New Relic icon in the Pixie UI. This brings you to the Configure the HELM command/manifest (yaml) file section of the guided install. Then, follow the steps.
If you're using different email addresses in Pixie and New Relic, create a new account for either Pixie or New Relic to match email addresses across both products. You can also contact New Relic support to manually link your existing New Relic account with your Pixie account.
If you follow a link to New Relic from the Pixie UI and don't have a New Relic account, you must first create one. Click the New Relic icon in the Pixie UI, and follow the steps to create a New Relic account. When you do so, your Pixie account is linked to it. Then, continue the guided install process.
Install using the guided install process
- Open our New Relic monitoring guided install.
- Select the account you want to use for the guided install, and click Continue. Note: if you have a single account, you won't see this option.
- Complete the remaining fields and click Continue to complete the remainder of the installation.
Install from the HELM command/manifest (yaml) file
If you arrived in the guided install process by following a link from Pixie or from within New Relic, your steps begin here.
Select the account and cluster for the install. If needed, select a namespace.
Currently, Pixie performs best on clusters with up to 100 nodes. (Exceeding 100 nodes can lead to excessive memory usage and scripts failing to run.) Friendly reminder: autoscaling can quickly drive up your node numbers.
Select the data you want to gather, observe, and debug, and click Continue.
On the Choose install method page, select either Helm or manifest.
Click Continue to open the Listening for data page.
When you get the message, See your data, click Kubernetes Cluster Explorer to see your cluster.
Auto-telemetry with Pixie might restart after installation. This is caused by the auto update feature.
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If you link the wrong Pixie and New Relic account
Contact support to unlink a Pixie account from your New Relic account. Be aware that if you unlink a Pixie account that was created automatically through the guided install, you'll lose access to that Pixie account.
Upgrade the Pixie integration
To determine your Pixie integration version, see our Pixie troubleshooting documentation.
The Pixie integration is installed as part of New Relic's Kubernetes integration. To upgrade the Kubernetes integration, see our Kubernetes installation documentation.
After August 2022, we're discontinuing support for several capabilities, including version 1 of our integration with Pixie. For more details, including how you can easily prepare for this transition, see our Support Forum post.
Uninstall the Pixie integration
The Pixie integration is installed as part of the Kubernetes integration of New Relic. To uninstall the Kubernetes integration, see our Uninstall Kubernetes integration.