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Joseph Anderson


Joseph Anderson


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PagerDuty ZenPack

Tight integration between Zenoss ( and Pagerduty (


This ZenPack is developed by the Zenoss user community and supported via our online forums. Zenoss, Inc. does not provide direct support for this ZenPack.


Version 1.0- Download: Summary of changes: initial release: Released on 2013/04/18: Compatible with Zenoss Core 3.2.x, Zenoss Core 4.2.x



This ZenPack is designed to facilitate a tight integration between Zenoss ( and Pagerduty ( It provides the following capabilities:

1. A script designed to be run by Zenoss "Event Commands" (3.x) or "Notifications" (4.x) that creates Pagerduty incidents for specific Zenoss events. a. incident is created for Pagerduty service by specifying the service key as a runtime argument. b. if Pagerduty service is in maintenance, the Zenoss event will be acknowledged and updated with a relevant message c. if Pagerduty service is disabled, the Zenoss event will be left unacknowledged, but updated with a relevant message 2. A Zenoss daemon that runs periodically and synchronizes Zenoss event/Pagerduty incidents. The daemon: a. determines which side (Zenoss or Pagerduty) was most recently updated. b. changes the status of the non-authoritative event/incident to match the authoritative one c. copies/formats Pagerduty incident logs for view within the Zenoss event console details.

This ZenPack uses the web service APIs of both Zenoss and PagerDuty.


Since Pagerduty uses a key to identify the "Services" that notifications should be assigned to, the idea is to create a default service key event attribute (via transform) that Zenoss will use when creating Pagerduty Incidents. The default service key can then be overwritten by other event transforms according to the administrator's needs.

For example, the following event transform might be applied at the root of the event class hierarchy. This transform determines whether a given device is a Windows or Unix device, and assigns the appropriate service key accordingly:

unixServiceKey = 'UNIXKEY' # Unix Team windowsServiceKey = 'WINDOWSKEY' # Windows Team defaultServiceKey = 'DEFAULTKEY' # Default Team try: devClass = device.deviceClass().getOrganizerName() # string representing device class organizer if 'Linux' in devClass: evt.pdServiceKey = unixServiceKey elif 'AIX' in devClass: evt.pdServiceKey = unixServiceKey elif 'WMI' in devClass: evt.pdServiceKey = windowsServiceKey elif 'Windows' in devClass: evt.pdServiceKey = windowsServiceKey else: evt.pdServiceKey = device.zPDServiceKey except: # set to default if nothing found evt.pdServiceKey = defaultServiceKey

This initial transform can then be overridden later by other event transforms depending on the event class (or whatever the administrator designs). Once the event has a corresponsing service key assigned, it can be passed as a parameter to an "Event Command" (Zenoss 3.x) or "Notification" (Zenoss 4.x) such as:

python -a create -z ${dev/zPDZenossServer} -u ${dev/zPDZenossUser} -p ${dev/zPDZenossPass} -H ${dev/zPDDomain} -T ${dev/zPDToken} -U ${dev/zPDUser} -e ${evt/evid} -S ${evt/pdServiceKey}

which creates the Pagerduty Incident with the provided arguments.


This ZenPack provides a service daemon called "zenpdsync" which periodically (default 60 seconds) pulls the last N ('eventsBuffer' option default 20) events from both Zenoss and Pagerduty. It correlates these into pairs and determines which was last updated. If the status of one of the pair differs from the other, then the most recently updated one's status is copied to the other. Relevant Pagerduty incident log details are also copied to the Zenoss console.


zPDZenossServer: hostname of zenoss server zPDZenossUser: zenoss user allowed to query events zPDZenossPass: password for zenoss user zPDDomain: zPDToken: Token key needed for API calls zPDUser: Pagerduty user used for automatic updates (this will show in the console, I use a fake user called "Zenoss") zPDServiceKey: optional per-device service key (would need to be assigned in transform if used, however)


The ZenPack has the following objects:

An example notification (Zenoss 4.x) An example event command (Zenoss 3.x)


It is recommended to run the "zenpdsync" from only one hub or collector, since the process does not need to be run multiple times for a single Zenoss installation. This means disabling the "zenpdsync" daemon on all but one of the hub/collectors.

Be sure also to set defaults for the zProperties, as well as creating an event transform under the root class similar to the sample above. The bare minimum event transform would be:

try: evt.pdServiceKey = device.zPDServiceKey except: evt.pdServiceKey = 'YOURSERVICEKEY'

A transform has not been provided, as the author has encountered complications in the past related to event classes (they get removed if the Zenpack is uninstalled).