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Setting up Prometheus and Grafana on Windows

Ever since I stumbled on Grafana and Prometheus several months ago while looking at creating a comprehensive smart home dashboard, I’ve always wanted to set one up.

After a friend introduced me to Stable Diffusion a few weeks ago, I wanted to be able to run generation from anywhere, so I got my instance of Stable set up with AUTOMATIC1111/stable-diffusion-webui: Stable Diffusion web UI ( by following How to Run Stable Diffusion Locally with a GUI on Windows (

This was all well and good, and I can now create AI art from anywhere, but I wanted to be able to see my system’s performance stats as well, so I started looking up webui’s for monitoring and stumbled across Grafana again.

Let’s get this going. Note: This does not follow any best practices, so reader beware. #musicfueledlatenightcomputeradventures

Exporter Installation and Configuration

Step 1 – Download and Install Windows_Exporter

Download the latest release of windows_exporter Releases · prometheus-community/windows_exporter (
As of writing: windows_exporter-0.20.0-amd64.msi

Unzip and move this file to an easy to access path such as C:\Monitoring\

Open up cmd or PowerShell as admin.
cd to the directory housing your msi file and install using msiexec as demonstrated:

> cd C:\Monitoring
> msiexec /i windows_exporter-0.20.0-amd64.msi --LISTEN_ADDR= --LISTEN_PORT=9182

This will install windows_exporter as a Windows service, so you will not need to worry about starting it or creating a task in Task Scheduler.

To verify it is working, open a new tab and navigate to

Step 2 – Download and Install OhmGraphite

Download the latest release of OhmGraphite Releases · nickbabcock/OhmGraphite (
As of writing:

Unzip and move this file to an easy to access path such as C:\Monitoring\

Edit the OhmGraphite.exe.config file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    <add key="type" value="prometheus" />
    <add key="prometheus_port" value="4445" />
    <!-- This is the host that OhmGraphite listens on.
         `*` means that it will listen on all interfaces.
         Consider restricting to a given IP address -->
    <add key="prometheus_host" value="" />

Open cmd or PowerShell as admin and cd to the folder housing OhmGraphite:

> cd C:\Monitoring\OhmGraphite
> .\OhmGraphite.exe install
> .\OhmGraphite.exe start

To verify it is working, open a new tab and navigate to

Prometheus – Installation and Configuration

Step 1 – Download and Installation

Download the latest release of Prometheus Releases · prometheus/prometheus (
As of writing:

Extract the contents with your preferred unzipping application and choose an easily accessible path such as C:\Monitoring\ and if desired, rename the folder to just prometheus-2.40.0.

Next, open up the default YAML config file, prometheus.yml, we will add scraper targets to this file.

# my global config
  scrape_interval: 15s # Set the scrape interval to every 15 seconds. Default is every 1 minute.
  evaluation_interval: 15s # Evaluate rules every 15 seconds. The default is every 1 minute.
  # scrape_timeout is set to the global default (10s).

# Alertmanager configuration
  #  - static_configs:
 #       - targets:
          # - alertmanager:9093

# Load rules once and periodically evaluate them according to the global 'evaluation_interval'.
  # - "first_rules.yml"
  # - "second_rules.yml"

# A scrape configuration containing exactly one endpoint to scrape:
# Here it's Prometheus itself.
  - job_name: 'fractal'
    metrics_path: '/metrics'
    # scheme defaults to 'http'.
      - targets: ['', '']

Open cmd or PowerShell as admin and cd to the folder housing Prometheus and start Prometheus with the config file specified:

> cd C:\Monitoring\prometheus-2.40.0
> .\prometheus.exe --config.file="prometheus.yml"

As long as you don’t see any funky errors like the following, you should be able to access Prometheus at http://localhost:9090 to test queries.

ts=2022-11-08T04:00:07.855Z caller=main.go:468 level=error msg="Error loading config (--config.file=prometheus.yml)" file=C:\Monitoring\prometheus-2.40.0\prometheus.yml err="parsing YAML file prometheus.yml: yaml: line 28: did not find expected key"

Test it out by entering cpu into the search bar, then picking a query from the dropdown and pressing enter again.

The instance and job fields as seen above are pulled from the prometheus.yml configuration file.

Grafana Setup

Step 1 – Download and Install

Head on over to Grafana get started | Cloud, Self-managed, Enterprise. Click Download and then choose your OS (Windows for this tutorial).
Download Grafana | Grafana Labs

Run the installer.

Step 2 – Configure Grafana

Once Grafana is installed, open up your web browser and navigate to http://localhost:3000 to complete first-time setup.

Step 3 – Import Dashboard

At this point, you can choose to create a new dashboard from scratch or do what I did and use an existing dashboard to learn how to make the queries work once the exporters are set up.

Manage dashboards | Grafana documentation

Learn Version: Windows Desktop Overview | Grafana Labs

TLDR Version: Stable Diffusion Monitor-1667965231420.json

As long as all this works, you should be able to use the TLDR dashboard out of the box.

I recommend creating a few panels from scratch just to learn the Grafana interface.

That’s all she wrote, folks!

Farewell Midland

Started out just after 8am Central this morning. Jacob was pointing out landmarks on the way.

349 is the main road from Rankin and Midkiff up to Midland
This is the exit they used to get off at to go back to man camp
349 looking South
Jacob said he got gas here once, on the way to the airport, when it was snowing and icy out. He said the truck he was driving slid while braking into the parking lot.

Stopover in Midland

We didn’t quite make it to Abilene and decided to stop in Midland, TX. The time changes every day have been affecting our sleep and driving times slightly.

Jacob spent about a year and a half out here in the Midland area when he was working for a company selling fracking water back in 2014-15. He has been sending pictures to some of his old coworkers from there who he became good friends with.

Jacob said he ate here once with Joe and Francis
This used to be an Albertsons

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