Configuring Health Checks for Your Marathon Applications in DC/OS


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Lab Overview

The Marathon container orchestration tool in DC/OS supports two types of checks to test the availability of applications: health checks and readiness checks. Health checks monitor the availability of an application's instances throughout the lifetime of the application. Readiness checks allow you to indicate when an application has finished initializing. In this Lab, you will see how to keep your applications up and running automatically by configuring health checks for your Marathon applications in DC/OS.

Lab Objectives

Upon completion of this Lab you will be able to:

  • Add health and readiness checks to Marathon applications
  • Describe the differences between health and readiness checks
  • Diagnose issues related to health and readiness checks

Lab Prerequisites

You should be familiar with:

  • Basic DC/OS concepts including master nodes, agents, services, tasks, and Marathon
  • Working at the command-line in Linux
  • AWS services to optionally understand the architecture of the pre-created DC/OS cluster

Lab Environment

Before completing the Lab instructions, the environment will look as follows:

After completing the Lab instructions, the environment should look similar to:

Follow these steps to learn by building helpful cloud resources

Logging in to the Amazon Web Services Console

Your first step to start the Lab experience

Understanding the DC/OS Cluster Architecture

Understand the cluster architecture and the resources provisioned for this Lab

Connecting to the Virtual Machine using SSH

Create a secure connection to a remote machine

Installing the DC/OS CLI on Linux

Install the DC/OS command-line interface (CLI) on Linux.

Adding a Health Check to a Marathon Application

Use a health check to tell Marathon an application is functioning properly.

Adding a Readiness Check to a Marathon Application

Use a readiness check to tell Marathon an application is ready for health checks.