HostMonitor is a highly scalable network monitoring software suitable for small and enterprise-level networks
Probably you will say "There are dozens of programs like this"? That is right! But please check what HostMonitor offers and compare its power and flexibility to surprisingly low price:
* using 62 test methods our software can check almost any parameter of your servers;
* highly flexible action profiles allow you to start actions in predefined order depending on the test results;
* HostMonitor creates various log files using different detail levels and file formats (Text, HTML, DBF and ODBC);
* built-in Report Manager allows you to create and customize reports to your liking in a variety of ways;
* using Remote Monitoring Agents for Windows, FreeBSD, Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD and Solaris you may easily monitor remote networks;
* Web Service, Telnet Service and Remote Control Console simplifies remote management;
62 test methods!
HostMonitor can check any TCP service, ping a host, check a route, monitor Web, FTP, Mail, DNS servers. It can check the available disk space, monitor size of a file or folder, check integrity of your files and web site; it tests your SQL servers, monitors network traffic and much, much more. See complete test list.
But what is of no less importance is how you can manage monitoring tasks ("test items" in our terminology). Test items can be organized into different groups (folders), each folder has its own settings such as color palette, list of reports, different statistic information, etc.
Tests can be performed on regular intervals (e.g. every 5 min) or on schedule (e.g. every Friday between 6pm and 9pm); tests can be performed directly by HostMonitor or they can be performed by Remote Monitoring Agents installed on remote network. Some tests may depend on another, e.g. you may easily configure HostMonitor to check 10 web servers when your primary router is up, and check another (backup) server when your primary router is down.
30 alert methods
HostMonitor is a network administration software, it provides different ways to respond on failed services. Audio and visual notifications alert people near the machine. E-mail and pager notifications inform a wider range of remote operators. HostMonitor can take actions that are designed to recover from a failure automatically without human intervention (e.g. "restart service", "reboot computer" or "dial-up to the network" actions). See complete actions list.
Highly flexible Action Profiles allow you to start actions in predefined order depending on the test results:
- E.g. you may start some action only when both primary and backup mail servers do not respond.
- Or an action profile can be set up to page both the IT manager and the network administrator during regular office hours, and to page the administrator alone the rest of the time, while doing nothing else but writing to the log on weekends.
- Another example: when some critical service fails HostMonitor may reboot the server. If that does not help, HostMonitor will send e-mail to the on-call technician. If, however, the server remains silent during the next three probes, the network administrator is to be paged until the server is brought back up.
Install HostMonitor and you will see how easy it is to implement all of the above with even more sophisticated behavior patterns.
And yes, various macro variables allow you to use the same action profile for hundreds or thousands of monitoring tasks (test items). E.g. If you monitor 10 different services on each of 100 servers, you may use single action to restart any failed service on any of these systems.
Powerful Report Manager and Log Analyzer
HostMonitor can generate test result log files and reports. HostMonitor creates various log files using different detail levels and file formats (Text, HTML, DBF and ODBC) and can be configured to suit your needs.
The highly flexible built-in Report Manager allows you to create and customize reports to your liking in a variety of ways. For example, a report designed for the IT manager might have an entirely different look and feel as compared to the one intended for use by the network administrator. Also note that separate groups of tests may contain its own list of reports, and each of the reports may be set up with a launching schedule specific to that group.
Also Advanced Host Monitor package includes a Log Analyzer which can illustrate separate information for each tested host. The Log Analyzer can collect statistical information and show graphs of all response times for specific time periods for all or individual servers. Using the statistical information, an administrator can analyze request times for specific servers over a period of time.
Web service, Telnet service, Remote Control Console
Web Service works like an HTTP server and provides web interface for HostMonitor. Telnet Service works like Telnet server and allows you to control HostMonitor remotely using any telnet client. These applications allow you to check brief or detailed status of any test, start or stop monitoring process, enable or disable alerts, change global macro variables, etc. Also you will be able to disable and enable tests, reset statistics, force tests to execution and even change some parameters of the tests.
RCC allows you to work with HostMonitor which is running on a remote system just like you work with HostMonitor when it is started on your local system. Several operators may start RCC on different systems and work with the same instance of HostMonitor at the same time.
Changelog for this release:
Advanced Host Monitor 9.02 Beta
- HostMonitor and RCC: optimized code for Auditing Tool works faster, especially when you have many thousands test items with master-dependant relations
- HostMonitor and RCC: optimized code for Super Matrix window works faster when you select folders, switch between windows, etc
- Fixed The following issues related to version 7.x, 8.x and 9.00 were resolved
- HostMonitor and RCC: minor GUI issue related to tray icon color has been fixed
- HostMonitor: in some rare cases when you remove folder with subfolders, HostMonitor could remove folders but keep some test items in the list
- Fixed The following issues related to version 9.00 were resolved
- HostMonitor and RCC: when you select Remote Monitoring Agent (RMA) for Drive Free Space test (only this test method was affected) using Test Properties dialog, HostMonitor/RCC could set "HostMonitor" option instead of specified RMA. Fixed
- HostMonitor: ODBC Query test method did not check BIG_INT fields properly
* Windows 2000 SP4, XP Professional SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2/R2 or Windows 7
Recommended: Windows 2003 SP2
* Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher
* Microsoft TCP/IP protocol
* Free disk space: from 15 Mb (if you install HostMonitor only) to 31 Mb (for all components)