.NET APM with AWS ECS
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.NET APM with AWS ECS

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This document details how to install the .NET APM Profiler in your .NET application running on AWS Elastic Container Service (ECS).

Prerequisite

Follow the Retrace AWS ECS Guide.

.NET Core Application Setup

Dockerfile Configuration

Adjust your Dockerfile to include the .Net Core Profiler:

RUN mkdir -m 0755 -p /stackify-dotnet-apm && \
    cd /stackify-dotnet-apm && \
    wget http://download.stackify.com/stackify-dotnet-apm/stackify-dotnet-apm-install-linux-latest.tar.gz && \
    tar -zxvf stackify-dotnet-apm-install-linux-latest.tar.gz && \
    cd stackify-dotnet-apm-install-linux && \
    ./install.sh --docker && \
    cd .. && \
    rm -rf stackify-dotnet-apm-install-linux && \
    rm stackify-dotnet-apm-install-linux-latest.tar.gz

ENV CORECLR_PROFILER={cf0d821e-299b-5307-a3d8-b283c03916da}
ENV CORECLR_ENABLE_PROFILING=1
ENV CORECLR_PROFILER_PATH="/stackify-dotnet-apm/StackifyProfiler.so"

Configure Application

Create a file named Stackify.json and copy it to your container in the same folder as your application.

{
    "AppName": "MyApp",
    "Environment": "Production"
}

Environment is optional, STACKIFY_ENV value will be used if not present.

Task Configuration

Application containers are required to have the stackify volume mount configured in the Retrace AWS ECS Guide.

Add the stackify volume to the task definition:

{
  "volumes": [
    {
      "name": "stackify",
      "host": {
        "sourcePath": "/var/stackify"
      }
    }
  ]
}

Add stackify mount points to the container definition:

{
  "containerDefinitions": [
    {
      "mountPoints": [
        {
          "readOnly": false,
          "containerPath": "/usr/local/stackify",
          "sourceVolume": "stackify"
        }
      ]
    }
  ]
}

Verify

Start up your .NET Core application task and make requests. You can then verify results in the Retrace dashboard.

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