node-problem-detector (NPD) provides a unified approach to manage Kubernetes clusters that are deployed across regions. This topic describes how to enable NPD on an application that runs in an external Kubernetes cluster.


An external Kubernetes cluster is registered in the Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) console. For more information, see Register an external Kubernetes cluster.


  1. Log on to the ACK console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Marketplace > App Catalog.
  3. On the App Catalog page, click the Alibaba Cloud Apps tab. On the Alibaba Cloud Apps tab, find and click ack-node-problem-detector.
    In the upper-right corner of the App Catalog page, you can enter ack-node-problem-detector into the Name search bar and click the search icon.
  4. On the App Catalog - ack-node-problem-detector page, select an external cluster to deploy the application in the Deploy section.
  5. On the App Catalog - ack-node-problem-detector page, click the Parameters tab, set the parameters, and click Create in the Deploy section.
    Parameter Description
    alibaba_cloud_plugins Delete ram_role_check.

    If the instance does not have GPUs, delete nvidia_gpu_check.

    serviceaccount Specify a service account that has administrator privileges. You can run kubectl -n kube-system get sa to query service accounts. For more information, see Use kubectl on Cloud Shell to manage ACK clusters.
    env Set the AccessKeyId, AccessKeySecret, and RegionId parameters.
    sls enabled To archive events in Log Service, set enabled to true.
    topic Enter the name of the cluster.
    project Specify the Log Service project that corresponds to your cluster.
    logstore Specify a Logstore under the Log Service project. To use the event center feature in Log Service, set the value to k8s-event.
    internal If a leased line connects the cluster and the virtual private cloud (VPC) where the cluster is deployed, set the value to true. Otherwise, set the value to false.
    dingtalk enabled To send alerts to DingTalk groups, set enabled to true.
    monitorkinds Select the type of alert that you want to receive. Valid values:
    • Node
    • Pod
    To send alerts only through DingTalk, set the value to Node.
    token Enter the token of a DingTalk chatbot. You can find the token in the URL of a DingTalk chatbot.


The following figure shows an example of DingTalk alerts:cluster_NPD_03