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    Website Monitoring - Any Suggestions

    As a new adopter of the Media Temple's Grid Server offer I have come to realize that I need to do a better job of monitoring our client's plus our own websites.

    Can anyone comment on some of the free monitoring services out there - pros & cons etc...?

    Thanks in advance.

    Les

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    + the price
    - free monitoring services check your site only once in a large time period, mostly once a hour.

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    I would highly recommend hyperspin, they're only free for 15 minute monitoring but well worth the money for 5 minute monitoring.

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    Hyperspin

    Quote Originally Posted by MrRadic
    I would highly recommend hyperspin, they're only free for 15 minute monitoring but well worth the money for 5 minute monitoring.
    Too funny as I actually set up an account with them after seeing one of your posts. I want to monitor my Grid Server at Media Temple. For some reason Hyperspin is not seeing the DNS and MYSQL ports on my MT gridserver. That is why I want to try others.

    So far I agree that Hyperspin is pretty good.


    Les

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    You may also want to try siteuptime...but I heard they aren't very precise (showing downtimes when servers are up..).

    But honestly, do you not trust your host enough to actually be tracking their uptime? At that point I would suggest getting someone that won't keep you up at night...

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    Hyperspin is, by far, the most accurate of all that we've used over the years. We currently have it monitoring around 70 servers and couldn't be happier. No false alarms and no missed outages, that I know of.

    You might see if you can find out why its not seeing your servers. I've never heard of that happening before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joomlales
    Too funny as I actually set up an account with them after seeing one of your posts. I want to monitor my Grid Server at Media Temple. For some reason Hyperspin is not seeing the DNS and MYSQL ports on my MT gridserver. That is why I want to try others.

    So far I agree that Hyperspin is pretty good.


    Les
    The first thing that comes to mind is that they are running separate servers for DNS and MySQL and that's why you can't see them.

    Find the DNS and MySQL IP and you should be fine. However. They might have turned snmp pings off.
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    The free service is http://host-tracker.com

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    I would recommend monitoring by yourself (in addition to these services mentioned, if you like).

    You want to know more than if the webserver is alive or dead.
    load average, the health of MySQL server, and so on, to make good decisions.

    By using your home machine (it it's running 24/7) or using one of cheap hosts with crontab, you can easily monitor many aspects of the site.


    For example, to monitor load average figure, you can put a small CGI in a password protected directory, and access it using wget, cUrl, etc.

    #!/bin/sh
    echo
    exec 2>&1
    hostname
    uptime


    For MySQL monitoring, you can use mysql command from shell script, too.
    Bu using Perl/Python/PHP is a little better for the security.
    Simply issue the STATUS or command you like to use.

    You can monitor simple HTML page, too.
    Also, you may want to monitor DNS.
    wget, for example, report name resolution error.
    (When the domain name isn't resolving, you can still test if the web servers are alive by using netcat or script, if that interests you.)

    In short, you can do whatever you want, as long as it's technically possible and it's within TOS/AUP of the host monitored (and the host used for monitoring).


    In case of MT, things can be a little complicated because of their setup.
    Eachtime you access one of their services, you may get different physical (or virtual) server, with possibly different IP.
    So, you may need to experiment a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Segey
    The free service is http://host-tracker.com
    Sorry,

    The server cluster that you are connecting to is down for maintenance.


    Sorry for the inconvenience!
    errr...........
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    That's why it is free.
    Last edited by RoLLex; 11-06-2006 at 10:43 AM.

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    If you have a reliable connection at your home, this is a great piece of software: http://www.woodstone.nu/salive/

    It can be set to monitor your site every 60 seconds, and will send email when the site is down a predetermined number of times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoLLex
    That's why it is free.
    what good is a tracking site if they can't even keep their own site online?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darph Bobo
    If you have a reliable connection at your home, this is a great piece of software: http://www.woodstone.nu/salive/

    It can be set to monitor your site every 60 seconds, and will send email when the site is down a predetermined number of times.

    That looks like a good solution. i'm downloading it to check it out now.

    thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRadic
    You may also want to try siteuptime...but I heard they aren't very precise (showing downtimes when servers are up..).
    Agreed! Moved from them to Hyperspin last month!
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeflyer

    Wow. nice! I was just starting out to write our own site to do this. Not sure it's needed now. I'll stay with the referrer list
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeflyer
    This is great. I signed up with three of them.... I posted host-tracker on my site.... I like the fact it is free.
    We were paying for this service.... I will check how good this one is. thanks for the info
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    Your welcome! I forgot this one:

    http://www.hyperspin.com

    It is not free but works great

    www.serviceuptime.com is excellent too. I must update a posted issue about them here
    Gonzalo
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    Sorry,

    The server cluster that you are connecting to is down for maintenance.


    Sorry for the inconvenience!
    Taken from host trackers site atm!
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    Looks like they need to get their own hosting monitors
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    And it's still down
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    oops! WHT seems to be a good monitoring service
    Gonzalo
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    You should also check out http://mon.itor.us

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    I use hyperspin and couldn't be any happier

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