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Dynamic management of AWS Auto-Scaling Group inventory in Icinga.

Preparing the code for AWS Lambda

  • Copy ./config.json.example to ./config.json. Replace the settings inside with those applicable to your setup.
    • See the "Config values" section below for more details.
  • Run: rm -rf node_modules && npm install --production
  • Build the Lambda ZIP by running: npm run build
    • This will produce a zip file in the ./build folder for you to upload to AWS Lambda.

Config values

  • icinga_host, icinga_port, icinga_user, and icinga_pass are all required.
  • icinga_host_name_property - Optional, defaults to "instance_id". Determines what to set the name of the host to in Icinga. One of: "instance_id", "public_dns", "public_ip", "private_dns", or "private_ip".
  • icinga_host_vars - Optional. Set to an object where each key is the host var vars.KEY, and each value is the host var's value.
    • EG: "icinga_host_vars": {"os": "Linux"} would set vars.os to "Linux".
    • This is useful for dynamically assigning host groups (see ./examples/icinga_configs/host_group.conf).

AWS Setup

Creating the SNS Topic

  • Enter a topic name and display name.
  • This is how we will feed Auto-Scaling Group scale events into our Lambda function.

Creating the Lambda Function

  • Create a new Lambda function, using the "Blank Function" blueprint.
  • For the trigger, choose "SNS", then choose the SNS topic created earlier.
  • You do not need to enable the trigger yet.
  • Enter a name and description for the function, then choose a runtime of "Node.js 6.10".
  • For the Lambda function code, choose "Upload a .ZIP file", then select the zip of this repo that we created earlier.
  • For the "function handler", enter index.handler
  • For the "function role", you will need to create a new IAM role. Choose "Create a custom role".
    • This will open a new window where you can create a new IAM role.
    • Enter an appropriate Role Name.
    • Edit the Policy Document so that it contains JSON below. It is a combination of the AWSLambdaBasicExecutionRole and AmazonEC2ReadOnlyAccess roles.
  "Version": "2012-10-17",
  "Statement": [
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": [
      "Resource": "*"
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": "ec2:Describe*",
      "Resource": "*"
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": "elasticloadbalancing:Describe*",
      "Resource": "*"
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": [
      "Resource": "*"
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": "autoscaling:Describe*",
      "Resource": "*"
  • Add any tags you need, and change any of the advanced settings you would like to.
    • I have found the default memory and timeout of 128mb and 3sec work fine.
  • Click the Create Function button to finish this step.
  • You should enable this Lambda Function BEFORE you configure your Auto-Scaling Group to publish to the SNS Topic.

Configuring your Auto-Scaling Group to publish to the SNS Topic

  • Go to your ASG, and open the "Notifications" tab.
  • Create a new notification.
  • Select "use existing topic", and select the SNS Topic we created earlier.
  • Select the "Launch" and "Terminate" events. This code does not yet support the other event types ("fail to launch" and "fail to terminate").
  • Save the new notification.

All together now!

  • Create the SNS topic (see above).
  • Create the Lambda Function (see above).
  • Configure your ASG to publish to the SNS Topic (see above).
  • You should now be able to scale your ASG, and see instances added/removed in Icinga 2.


  • The first place to look is the logs for the Lambda Function.
    • Go to Cloudwatch -> Logs. Choose the log group for your Lambda Function.
    • If you do not see any Node.js errors, there is not much I can help with. Check your config, check your security groups, etc.
    • If you DO see Node.js errors, it is likely they are related to the requests sent to Icinga 2. Read them and determine if you have a config or security group issue.
    • Issues with the code in this repo should result in a bug ticket being filed.

Running code locally

  • Install all dependencies using: rm -rf ./node_modules && npm install
  • Open a Node.js REPL using: node
  • You can simulate an ASG Launch/Terminate event using:
let index = require('./index')

const launchEvent = {Records: [{Sns: {Message: "{\"Event\": \"autoscaling:EC2_INSTANCE_LAUNCH\", \"Details\": {\"Availability Zone\": \"us-west-2a\"}, \"EC2InstanceId\": \"i-08fa737d84cf6651b\"}"}}]}
index.handler(launchEvent, {}, function() {});

const terminateEvent = {Records: [{Sns: {Message: "{\"Event\": \"autoscaling:EC2_INSTANCE_TERMINATE\", \"Details\": {\"Availability Zone\": \"us-west-2a\"}, \"EC2InstanceId\": \"i-08fa737d84cf6651b\"}"}}]}
index.handler(terminateEvent, {}, function() {});
  • Don't forget to replace the Availability Zone and EC2 Instance ID.

Running tests

  • Run tests: npm run test
  • Run tests w/ coverage: npm run test:coverage


  • Add full event payload to fixtures.


Dynamic management of AWS Auto-Scaling Group inventory in Icinga.



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