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    Server Monitoring?

    Hi,

    I have a new reseller account, and wanted to monitor the uptime. How can I do this? What are the best solutions? Any free ones please?

    Thanks :-)

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    I've used the following:

    Free:
    http://www.nagios.org/ (a bit complex but lots of plugins)
    http://mmonit.com/monit/ (monitors metrics/processes)

    Paid:
    http://www.pingdom.com/

    Pingdom is paid but pretty inexpensive. We've had a lot of luck with it for basic monitoring. We use an in-house system to monitor other metrics (load/space/logs/etc).
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    I would reccomend www.hyperspin.com

    Avoid www.siteuptime.com - We used to use them but ended up getting a lot of false positives / or they miss outages altogether.

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    Check with your upstream provider, they must have some monitoring tools in place which you can view as well.

    Otherwise I would recommend hyperspin.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by jstanden View Post
    I've used the following:

    Free:
    http://www.nagios.org/ (a bit complex but lots of plugins)
    http://mmonit.com/monit/ (monitors metrics/processes)

    Paid:
    http://www.pingdom.com/

    Pingdom is paid but pretty inexpensive. We've had a lot of luck with it for basic monitoring. We use an in-house system to monitor other metrics (load/space/logs/etc).
    Nagios & Monit are good, we use them both
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    nagios We use it.

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    My vote goes to Nagios.
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    We use nagios! I have also used hyperspin and can also vouch for them as well.

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    We are using nagios. Its simply work great for us. So obviously my vote goes for it.
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    There is one thing I can tell you...don't use siteuptime.com, not a very reliable source at all.

    It cost's money, but I would go with Pingdom.

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    There is none better than Nagios. It's flexible, reliable, and just plain works. If you want a somewhat simple frontend, use the Groundwork Community Edition.
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    Nagios might be great but he just has a reseller account. Where is he going to install nagios? I would recommend a service like httpvision.com or alertra.com.
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    If you have more than a couple servers, I'd definitely look into Nagios. It can't be beat for monitoring multiple servers, along with services like mail, apache, dns, etc.

    If that reseller account is the only server you have, httpvision.com or pingdom.com should have everything you need.

    Good luck with your new reseller account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jstanden View Post
    I've used the following:

    Free:
    http://www.nagios.org/ (a bit complex but lots of plugins)
    http://mmonit.com/monit/ (monitors metrics/processes)

    Paid:
    http://www.pingdom.com/

    Pingdom is paid but pretty inexpensive. We've had a lot of luck with it for basic monitoring. We use an in-house system to monitor other metrics (load/space/logs/etc).
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    Hyperspin.com
    (Paid & Free both)
    Better to go with Paid one for extra features

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    Quote Originally Posted by jstanden View Post
    I've used the following:

    Free:
    http://www.nagios.org/ (a bit complex but lots of plugins)
    http://mmonit.com/monit/ (monitors metrics/processes)

    Paid:
    http://www.pingdom.com/

    Pingdom is paid but pretty inexpensive. We've had a lot of luck with it for basic monitoring. We use an in-house system to monitor other metrics (load/space/logs/etc).
    I don't think Nagios is the way to go for OP as he seems like he is just looking for companies like Pingdom and Hyperspin to monitor his websites. Nagios requires a server with root access to install and is pretty complex.
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    We actually use PRTG ans Zennos for our server monitoring. Both are very reliable, customizable and accurate.

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    We use UptimeInspector for our server monitoring. We find UptimeInspector to be very reliable and accurate as well as very affordable.

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    You could install http://phpsysinfo.sourceforge.net/ which is free and you can see all the specs of the server

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    Nagios and Hyperspin we use both and they are great.

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    Well I've looked at hyperspin, and I am looking at binary canary. Its quite a lot cheaper than hyperspin if i'm reading it correctly...

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    We use Nagios. But pingdom has a free option now too.
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    But pingdom has a free option now too.
    Now that is a smart move given what their competitors do. About as smart as that 1 year free service promotion they had a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danisgood View Post
    Well I've looked at hyperspin, and I am looking at binary canary. Its quite a lot cheaper than hyperspin if i'm reading it correctly...
    We have been VERY pleased with Binary Canary. We were using Hyperspin and they are excellent as well, but couldn't justify the price difference. We also use redundant nagios systems - one in each dc.

    Nagios is great if you want to monitor more than just uptime. For us it monitors disk space, raid arrays, loads, #procs, etc. as well as various services such as http. But with the fact we have it set to 2 failed checks in a row (prevents 100% of false positives so far), Binary Canary is the first to notify us if something goes offline. But is useless for is a drive failed in an array - it's not their thing...
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    i vote for nagios monitoring tool.

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    What's the deal with all these people comparing Nagios as "free" with sites like Pingdom being "paid"?

    Nagios is only free if you have somewhere stable to run it from - we use it to keep a separate eye on individual services and the overall health of our machines, but for SMS alerts and actual downtime tracking... well let's put it this way, unless you're monitoring 20+ machines I would say you'd be hard pressed to setup a Nagios service as reliable as Pingdom et al for the same price.

    I think some distinction needs to be made between software and services. The nagios software is free, but making it work isn't necessarily.
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    The two are different things... but nagios is worthy of consideration none the less. Nagios brings multiple things to the table that Pingdom, Hyperspin, BinaryCanary, etc. don't. But all of those services are excellent for monitoring websites or specific outward facing services - that it things that can be checked remotely - ssh, ftp, http, etc. But basically useless without coming up with some custom script code for checking server health - RAID status, load, etc. That's pretty much what nagios is for many of the checks - usually through ssh execution instead of http call.

    Something to think about... when I first started investigating the use of Nagios for monitoring, I used virtualpc running a small linux vm at the house. Never even noticed it running in the background. I used that as the basis for installing 2 VMs, 1 in each d.c. It actually worked very well at the house but for reliability it got moved and expanded. The consume little disk space, memory and bandwidth. Other than the credits for sending text messages, we pay nothing extra to run these 2 VMs. But we had the infrastructure already in place.

    Can't speak for the others, but you'll notice that in my other post we also praised both Hyperspin and Binary Canary as being "excellent" and we are and will continue to be Binary Canary customers.
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