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Set up your first CV


Currently, this feature is behind the feature flag SRM_ENABLE_SIMPLE_VERIFICATION. Contact Harness Support to enable the feature.

This section outlines the process of adding a Harness Continuous Verification (CV) step into a Harness CD pipeline, configuring a health source, and conducting deployment verification.

For illustration purposes, this topic uses SumoLogic as a sample health source to guide you through the health source configuration steps.


Make sure that you have created:

Add a Verify step to your CD pipeline

To add a Verify step to your pipeline, use one of the methods below.

  1. In your Harness project, go to the Deployments module > Pipelines.

  2. Select the pipeline to which you want to add the Verify step. The Pipeline Studio page appears.

  3. Select the stage where you want to add the Verify step.

  4. On the stage settings pane, select the Execution tab.

  5. On the pipeline, hover over where you want to add the Verify step, select the + icon, and then choose Add Step.
    The Step Library page appears. You can add a step at various points in the pipeline, such as the beginning, end, in between existing steps, or below an existing step. Simply choose the location where you want to add the step and follow the prompts to add it.

  6. In the Continuous Verification section, select Verify.
    The Verify settings page appears.

Verify step settings page

Define name and timeout information

On the Verify settings page, do the following:

  1. In Name, enter a name for the Verification step.

  2. In Timeout, enter a timeout value for the step. Harness uses this information to time out the verification. Use the following syntax to define a timeout:

    • w for weeks.
    • d for days.
    • h for hours.
    • m for minutes.
    • s for seconds.
    • ms for milliseconds.

    For example, use 1w for one week, 7d for 7 days, 24h for 24 hours, 100m for 100 minutes, 500s for 500 seconds, and 1000ms for 1000 milliseconds.

    The maximum timeout value you can set is 53w. You can also set timeouts at the pipeline level.

Select the continuous verification type and duration

On the Verify settings page, do the following:

  1. In Continuous Verification Type, select Threshold Analysis [No ML].
  2. In Duration, choose a duration. Harness uses the data points within this duration for analysis. For instance, if you select 15 minutes, Harness analyzes the first 15 minutes of your health source data.
  3. In the Artifact Tag field, reference the primary artifact that you added in the Artifacts section of the Service tab. Use the Harness expression <+serviceConfig.artifacts.primary.tag> to reference the primary artifact. To learn about artifact expression, go to Harness expressions.

Create a monitored service

The next step is to create a monitored service for the Verify step. Harness CV uses a monitored service to monitor health trend deviations using logs and metrics obtained from your SumoLogic health source.


When setting up the pipeline, if you've configured a service or an environment as runtime values, the auto-create option for monitored services won't be available. When you run the pipeline, Harness combines the service and environment values to create a monitored service. If a monitored service with the same name already exists in your project, it will be assigned to the pipeline. If not, Harness skips the verification step.

For instance, when you run the pipeline, if you input the service as todolist and the environment as dev, Harness creates a monitored service with the name todolist_dev. If a monitored service with that name exists, Harness assigns it to the pipeline. If not, Harness skips the Verification step.

To create a monitored service, on the Verify settings page, do the following:

  1. In the Monitored Service Name section, select Click to autocreate a monitored service.

    Harness automatically generates a monitored service name by combining the service and environment names. The generated name appears in the Monitored Service Name field. Note that you cannot edit the monitored service name.

    If a monitored service with the same name and environment already exists, the Click to autocreate a monitored service option is hidden, and Harness assigns the existing monitored service to the Verify step.

Add a health source

A health source is an APM tool that monitors and aggregates data in your deployment environment.

The following steps describe how to add SumoLogic as a health source and write a query for memory usage.

Define health source

On the Verify settings page, do the following to add and define the health source:

  1. In the Health Sources section of the Verify settings page, select + Add New Health Source.

    The Add New Health Source dialog appears.

  2. In the Define Health Source tab, do the following:

    1. In the Define Health Source section, select Sumologic as the health source type.

    2. In the Health Source Name field, enter a name for the health source.

    3. In the Connect Health Source section, select Select Connector.

      The Create or Select an Existing Connector dialog appears.

    4. Select a connector, and then select Apply Selected.
      The selected connector appears in the Select Connector dropdown.

    5. In the Select Feature field, choose SumoLogic Cloud Metrics.

      Select health source

    6. Select Next.

      The Configuration tab appears.

Define metric configuration settings

The following steps describe defining a query and configuring a risk profile:

  1. On the Configuration tab, select + Add Metric.
    The Add Metric dialog appears.

  2. Enter the following information, and then select Submit:

    • Metric name: Enter a name for the metric. For example, "SumoLogic Metric".
    • Group name: Create a new group, by selecting + Add New. In the Add Group Name dialog, enter a group name. For example, "SumoLogic".
  3. Select Submit.

  4. In the Add Metric dialog, select Submit.
    A new group and metric are created. The query specifications and mapping settings are displayed. These settings help you get the desired metric data from your health source and map it to the Harness service.

Define a query

  1. In the Query box, write a query. As an example, enter the query metric=memory for querying the disk usage.

  2. Select Run Query.

    Sample data is displayed in the Records box. The Chart box displays the graph corresponding to the sample data. This helps you verify if the query that you have built is correct.

Query - disk usage

Disk usage records and chart are being displayed for the query:

Memory usage records and charts

Assign services and configure risk profile

  1. In the Assign section, select Continuous Verification (Applied to the pipelines in the Continuous Deployment).

  2. Under Risk Category, select Performance/Throughput

  1. Under Deviation Compared To Baseline, select Higher counts = higher risk.

    Assign services and configure the risk profile

Configure threshold

Harness CV evaluates the metrics based on the fail-fast threshold you configure. If the metrics exceed the fail-fast threshold, the verification step fails. In the context of the SumoLogic query you defined, the threshold sets a memory usage limit beyond which the application is considered to be in a problematic state, and the verification fails.

To set a fail-fast threshold, follow these steps:

  1. Expand Advanced (Optional), go to the Fail-Fast Thresholds tab, and then select + Add Threshold.

  2. From the Metric dropdown, select SumoLogic Metric. This is the metric you created in the Define metric configuration settings step.

  3. In the Action field, select what the CV should do when applying the rule. Let's select Fail Immediately.

  4. In the Criteria field, choose Percentage Deviation, and from the greater than select 1. This sets a threshold for memory usage beyond which the system or application is considered to be in a problematic state, and action should be taken.

Configure threshold

Save the health source settings

  1. After configuring all the settings, select Submit to add the health source to the Verify step.

  2. Select Apply Changes to save the changes made to the Verify step. You will now see the health source listed in the Health Sources section.

  3. Select Save.

    You have successfully added and configured CV in your Harness pipeline.

Configure threshold

Run the pipeline

When you run the pipeline, Harness executes the verification step.

To run the pipeline, follow these steps:

  1. In the upper-right corner, select Run.

    The Run Pipeline dialog appears.

  2. In the dialog, do the following:

    • Tag: If you did not add a tag in the Artifact Details settings, select it now.
    • Skip preflight check: Select this option if you want to skip the preflight check.
    • Notify only me about execution status: Select this option if you want Harness to alert only you about the execution status.
  3. Select Run Pipeline.

    The pipeline starts running.

    To view the console, select View Details in the Summary section or turn on the Console View toggle switch in the upper-right corner.

    Note that it may take some time for the analysis to begin. The screenshot below shows a Verification step running in a deployment:

    Running pipeline

View results

After the verification is complete, the Console View displays the verification details, such as metric name, health source, risk, and so on.

The following screenshots show the console view of successful and failed verifications in a deployment run:

Successful verification

Passed verification step

Failed verification

Failed verification step