Monkey and Lemur are taken, so Chaos Dingo it is. A tool to mess with Azure services leveraging the Azure NodeJS sdks.
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Monkey and Lemur are taken, so Chaos Dingo it is. This is a tool to mess with Azure services using the Azure NodeJS SDK.

The initial approach started with WazMonkey by Steve Marx, but modernizing it for Azure Resource Manager based services and leverage the Azure NodeJS SDK.

Chaos Dingo currently supports performing operations on Azure VMs and VMSS deployed to an Azure Resource Manager based resource group. It does not support 'Classic' Azure VMs.

In order to run Chaos Dingo, you will need an Azure Subscription, a Resource Group with one or more resources in it, and a Service Principal with permissions to perform actions on those resources within the Resource Group.

If you aren't familiar with what a Service Principal is, I recommend starting by taking a look here.

There are two ways to interact with the Chaos Dingo, via the command line or via a test file. From the command line, you are limited to working with a specific Resource Group and either a specific resource (or a randomly selected resource). One that resource, you can either perform a specific operation or a randomly selected one. There are also flags that allow you to trigger operations over a period of time (for instance every two minutes for ten minutes).

The second way to work the Chaos Dingo is to use a test file. The test file has the following format:

    "tenantId": "<tenant id>",
    "subscriptionId": "<subscription id>",
    "clientId": "<client id>",
    "clientSecret": "<client secret/password>",
    "testDuration": "<test duration>",
    "testDelay": "<test delay>",
    "testRandom": "<true/false>",
    "jobs": [
        { "type": "<operation type>", "operation": "<operation>", "resourceGroup": "<resource group>", "resource": "<resource>", ["duration": "<duration>"] },

The first section of the test file defines "global properties" of the test run. It should be noted that testDuration, testDelay, and testRandom are optional in this file. Also, if one of the values in this "global properties" is defined on the command line, the command line value will be used in place of the value in the test file. The fields and what they are used for are as follows:

  • tenantId: The UUID referring to your Azure Active Directory tenant
  • subscriptionId: The UUID referring to the subscription resources belong to
  • clientId: The UUID of your the application tied to your Service Principal
  • clientSecret: The password associated with the Service Principal
  • testDuration: A value (can be a single value or range) in seconds on how long to run jobs in the test
  • testDelay: A value (can be a single value or a range) in seconds on how long to pause between jobs
  • testRandom: A boolean value that when true will pick jobs from the list in random order. Note that all jobs will be run prior to restarting the whole test run, just done in random order

The second "section" of this file jobs is where you define individual operations to perform.

  • type: A string denoting the type of resource an operation will be performed on.
  • operation: Within each type of resource, there are predefined operations allowed. If the value is "*", then an operation will be chosen at random.
  • resourceGroup: The resource group the resource to act upon is located.
  • resource: The resource to act upon. If the value is "*", then a resource will be chosen at random.
  • resourceMatch: If selecting a random resource is specified, then an optional regex can be defined using this entry to filter which resources are chosen.
  • duration: This is an optional value. Some operations are multi-step, this defines the delay between each step. The value can be a single integer or a range.

The various fields above map directly to specific command line values.

Here are the Chaos Dingo command line options:

node ./dingo.js -?
Usage dingo.js [options]

  -t, --tenant          Tenant ID.                                      [string]
  -s, --subscription    Subscription ID.                                [string]
  -c, --client          Client ID.                                      [string]
  -p, --password        Secret associated with the Client ID.           [string]
  -g, --resourcegrp     The resource group to operate in.               [string]
  -r, --resource        The name of the resource to operate on.         [string]
  -a, --randomresource  Choose a resource at random from the resource group.
  -o, --operation       The operation to perform on the specified resource.
                        Possible are: start, stop, restart, powercycle. [string]
  -m, --resourcematch   A regular expression to match / filter the list of
                        random resources.                               [string]
  -u, --duration        The time to wait between start/stop type operations
                        requiring two actual operations.  Can be an integer or a
                        range (range will be random in the range).  Default will
                        be 60 seconds.                                  [string]
  -n, --testduration    The total time to run multiple tests.  Note that the
                        time is not absolute, if the current test runs long the
                        process will stop after that test.  Can be an integer or
                        a range (range will be random in the range).    [string]
  -d, --testdelay       The time to wait between each individual test.  If when
                        time to run the next test and the total time has been
                        exceeded, the process will exit.    Can be an integer or
                        a range (range will be random in the range).  Default
                        will be 60 seconds.                             [string]
  -z, --testrandom      Run tests in random order.                     [boolean]
  -v, --resourcetype    What type of resource to operate on.  Currently only
                        'vm' supported.                 [string] [default: "vm"]
  -f, --testfile        JSON file defining test to run.  Note that any arguments
                        specified on the command line may over ride values in
                        the test file.                                  [string]
  -?, --help            Show help                                      [boolean]

A minimal command line to run a single test would be:

node ./dingo.js -t <tenant id> \
                -s <subscription id> \
                -c <client id> \
                -p <client secret> \
                -g <resource group> \
                -r <resource> \
                -v <operation type> \
                -o <operation>

So, say you wanted to perform a restart on the vm dingotest1 in the resource group dingotestres, given:

  • tenantId: 6191c822-bd3e-4c3a-5512-be5fcee2cb34
  • subscriptionId: ad4fe441-2adc-49c0-c9c0-72e187c33ae3
  • clientId: b5d89d5c-c8e1-4e31-74d1-50396a1aeeca
  • clientSecret: supersecret

The command line would look like:

node ./dingo.js -t 6191c822-bd3e-4c3a-5512-be5fcee2cb34 \
                -s ad4fe441-2adc-49c0-c9c0-72e187c33ae3 \
                -c b5d89d5c-c8e1-4e31-74d1-50396a1aeeca \
                -p supersecret \
                -g dingotestres \
                -r dingotest1 \
                -v vm \
                -o restart

The same action, if you wanted to specify it in a test file, call it dingo_test.json would look like:

    "tenantId": "6191c822-bd3e-4c3a-5512-be5fcee2cb3",
    "subscriptionId": "ad4fe441-2adc-49c0-c9c0-72e187c33ae3",
    "clientId": "b5d89d5c-c8e1-4e31-74d1-50396a1aeeca",
    "clientSecret": "supersecret",
    "jobs": [
        { "type": "vm", "operation": "restart", "resourceGroup": "dingotestres", "resource": "dingotest1" }

And the commmand line would look like:

    node ./dingo.js -f ./dingo_test.json

Now, if you wanted to perform random operations to VMSS's VMs over a period between 5 and 10 minutes, pausing for 30 to 60 seconds in between, you would modify the file as so:

    "tenantId": "6191c822-bd3e-4c3a-5512-be5fcee2cb3",
    "subscriptionId": "ad4fe441-2adc-49c0-c9c0-72e187c33ae3",
    "clientId": "b5d89d5c-c8e1-4e31-74d1-50396a1aeeca",
    "clientSecret": "supersecret",
    "testDuration": "300-600",
    "testDelay": "30-60",
    "jobs": [
        { "type": "vmss", "operation": "*", "resourceGroup": "dingotestres", "resource": "dingotestvmss" }

Note: To perform an operation on a specific VM in a VMSS, you need to specify your resource in the following way: "resource": "myVmssName:InstanceId"

Currently supported resource types and operations

The resource types and operations supported are as follows:

  • vm

    • stop: Stop a VM
    • start: Start a VM
    • restart: Restart a VM
    • powercycle: This operation stops a VM, pauses for duration and then starts it again
  • vmss

    • stop: Stop a VM
    • start: Start a VM
    • restart: Restart a VM
    • powercycle: This operation stops a VM, pauses for duration and then starts it again