AWS MSK Connection Test

This test monitors the broker's connection to the consumer and any abnormal connectivity issues can be proactively detected.

Target of the test : AWS Managed Service Kafka

Agent deploying the test : A remote agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for the target AWS Managed Service Kafka server.

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameter Description

Test Period

How often should the test be executed.


The IP address of the AWS Managed Service Kafka Broker that is being monitored.


Specify the port number at which the specified HOST listens. By default, this is NULL.

AWS Default Region

This test uses AWS CLI to interact with AWS Managed Service Kafka and pull relevant metrics. To enable the test to connect to AWS, you need to configure the test with the name of the region to which all requests for metrics should be routed, by default. Specify the name of this AWS Default Region, here.

AWS Access Key ID, AWS Secret Access Key and Confirm Password

To monitor AWS Managed Service Kafka, the eG agent has to be configured with the access key and secret key of a user with a valid AWS account. For this purpose, we recommend that you create a special user on the AWS cloud, obtain the access and secret keys of this user, and configure this test with these keys. The procedure for this has been detailed in the Obtaining an Access key and Secret key topic. Make sure you reconfirm the access and secret keys you provide here by retyping it in the corresponding Confirm Password text box.

Timeout Seconds

Specify the maximum duration (in seconds) for which the test will wait for a response from the server. The default is 10 seconds.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Connection count

Indicates the current number of active connections.


A very high value is required for this measure.

Connection track allowance exceed

Indicates the number of packets shaped because the connection tracking exceeded the maximum for the broker.


Connection tracking is related to security groups that track each connection established to ensure that return packets are delivered as expected.

Connection close rate

Indicates the number of connections closed per second per listener.


This number is aggregated per listener and filtered for the client listeners.

Connection creation rate

Indicates the number of new connections established per second per listener.


TCP connections

Indicates the number of incoming and outgoing TCP segments with the SYN flag set.


SYN packets are normally generated when a client attempts to start a TCP connection to a server, and the client and server exchange a series of messages. The client requests a connection by sending a SYN (synchronize) message to the server.