Submitting Metrics via PowerShell

Datadog can collect metrics via the agent as well as via the API independently of which language you decide to use. Here we'll give examples of both using PowerShell

Submitting metrics with PowerShell via the API

This method doesn't require you to have the agent installed on the system running the PowerShell script. This, however, means you have to explicitly pass your API key as well as an application key when making the POST request. You can see/create keys here

# Tested on Windows Server 2012 R2 w/ PSVersion 4.0

function unixTime() {
  Return (Get-Date -date ((get-date).ToUniversalTime()) -UFormat %s) -Replace("[,\.]\d*", "")

function postMetric($metric,$tags) {
  $currenttime = unixTime
  $host_name = $env:COMPUTERNAME #optional param . 

  # Construct JSON
  $points = ,@($currenttime, $metric.amount)
  $post_obj = [pscustomobject]@{"series" = ,@{"metric" = $;
      "points" = $points;
      "type" = "gauge";
      "host" = $host_name;
      "tags" = $tags}}
  $post_json = $post_obj | ConvertTo-Json -Depth 5 -Compress
  # POST to DD API
  $response = Invoke-RestMethod -Method Post -Uri $url -Body $post_json -ContentType "application/json"

# Datadog account, API information and optional params
$app_key = "<YOUR_APP_KEY_HERE>" #provide your valid app key
$api_key = "<YOUR_API_KEY_HERE>" #provide your valid api key
$url_base = ""
$url_signature = "api/v1/series"
$url = $url_base + $url_signature + "?api_key=$api_key" + "&" + "application_key=$app_key"
$tags = "[env:test]" #optional param

# Select what to send to Datadog. In this example we send the number of handles opened by process "mmc"
$metric_ns = "ps1." # your desired metric namespace
$temp = Get-Process mmc
$metric = @{"name"=$metric_ns + $temp.Name; "amount"=$temp.Handles}
postMetric($metric)($tags) # pass our metric as a param to postMetric()

Submitting metrics with PowerShell via DogStatsD

Having the agent enables you to make use of its DogStatsD listener. See The following example shows how we could send the same metric via DogStatsD. Notice that we no longer need to specify the API or application keys, this is information that's already in our local datadog.conf.

# Tested on Windows Server 2012 R2 w/ PSVersion 4.0
#           Windows Server 2008 x64 R2 w/ PSVersion 2.0

function dogstatsd($metric) {
    $udpClient = New-Object System.Net.Sockets.UdpClient
    $udpClient.Connect('', '8125')
$tags = "|#env:test" # datadog tag
$temp = Get-Process mmc
$metric = "dogstatsd.ps1." + $temp.Name + ":" + $temp.Handles + "|g" + $tags # metric

The code examples can be found here -

Another KB articles you might find useful -

Help with Datadog's API -

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