Monitoring Glassfish

After you install the Instana host agent, the Glassfish sensor is automatically installed and enabled. You can view metrics that are related to Glassfish in the Instana UI.

Supported information

Supported operating systems

The Glassfish supports the following OS for amd64:

  • Linux 3.10.0-1127.13.1.el7.x86_64
  • Linux 5.15.0-1051-azure
  • Linux 5.15.0-97-generic
  • Linux 4.18.0-372.32.1.el8_6.x86_64

Supported versions

The Glassfish sensor supports metrics and configuration data for the following versions:

  • GlassFish Server Open Source Edition
  • Glassfish Server Open Source Edition 4.0
  • Glassfish Server Open Source Edition 4.1.1
  • GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 5.1.0
  • Payara Server 5.2021.9
  • Glassfish Payara Server 5.2022.2
  • Payara Server 6.2023.10

Viewing metrics

To view the metrics, complete the following steps:

  1. In the sidebar of the Instana UI, select Infrastructure.
  2. Click a specific monitored host to view the host dashboard with all the collected metrics and monitored processes.

Configuration data

  • Version
  • Started at
  • Domain
  • Applications
    • JDBC pool
    • Connection pool

Performance metrics

  • Connections
  • Keep Alive
  • File Cache
  • JDBC Connections
  • Web Requests

Health Signatures

Each sensor has a knowledge base of health signatures. You can analyze the health signatures continuously against the incoming metrics and create issues or incidents based on user impact.

Built-in events trigger issues or incidents based on health signatures that are failed on entities, and custom events trigger issues or incidents based on the thresholds of an individual metric of an entity.

For more information about built-events for the Glassfish sensor, see the Built-in events reference.


Instana supports tracing for Glassfish. For more information, see Monitoring Java virtual machine (JVM).