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Utilizing reevert's System Monitoring Center

It could be quite the challenge to keep an eye on computer systems when you don't have the right tools to do so. Without an effective monitoring system in place, minor issues and certain events can go unnoticed escalating to major problems and potential critical outages.

This is why we have incorporated a great feature as a part of the new reevert 1.14.4.0 firmware release. This feature is available on both Enterprise and Workgroup deployments at no additional cost.

 

What is the System Monitoring Center?

The System Monitoring center is a new addition to reevert's cloud panel to monitor and graph your network computers. It utilizes the existing reevert Communication agent, hence there is no need to push or install anything new on target computers. The combination of provided capabilities, makes it easy to effectively monitor servers and workstations deployed throughout your networks.

Here is a breakdown of included features:

  • It collects and compiles generic computer information including:

    • Make, model and system serial number
    • Memory size
    • CPU type and details
    • OS type, architecture and details
    • Installed software packages (Windows Only)
    • Software Update history (Windows Only)
    • Network cards and network information
    • Storage drive capacity information

  • It keeps a metrics database to graph historical usage data such as CPU and memory.
  • Provides ability to perform on-demand or scheduled computer reboot or shutdown.
  • Provides ability to create monitoring alarms including:

    • CPU Usage
    • Memory Usage
    • Drive Usage
    • System Offline

  • It supports all major operating systems including:

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Linux
    • FreeBSD
    • NetBSD
    • OpenBSD

In the event an alarm is triggered, reevert will send a notification email every hour until the alarm is clear. You have the capability to temporarily disable alarms.

 

Accessing the System Monitoring Center

In order to use the System Monitoring Center, you need to login to your cloud panel account. Under each appliance, go to "Commands" then select "Monitoring Center".

Opening Computer Center

The monitoring center dialog box displays a list of currently created alarms monitored by the selected appliance. If you currently do not have any alarms, click on the "Add New" button to create one.

If you are looking for a specific existing alarm, utilize the search functionality to narrow down the results. If an alarm was ever triggered, if will show under the "Last Triggered" column.

From the actions section, you can enable/disable alarms (to snooze notification emails), view or delete them or display computer details. The computer details shortcut button has also been implemented throughout different sections of the cloud panel, including under reports as well as policy management panels. Wherever you see a blue magnifying glass button, that is a shortcut to computer details screen. Here is an example view of the screen:

It is pretty self explanatory, but here are some important points:

  • Last Status Update: This shows the date/time when the last metrics data was received from the target computer.
  • Add Alarm buttons: These buttons let you add new alarms directly from the computer details screen. If you have existing alarms, these buttons change to "View Alarm" where it applies.
  • View Alarm buttons: Click to view alarm details or to make changes or delete an alarm.
  • Wake Button: If a machine is showing offline, you can use the Wake button to send a Wake-On-LAN request to turn on the machine. This only works if Wake-On-LAN is enabled on the target machine.
  • OS Updates: Shows a list of historical Windows Updates installed on the target machine. This button only shows on Windows machines.
  • Software List: Shows a list of all installed software packages on the target machine. This button only shows on Windows machines.
  • Usage History buttons: Display usage graphs for CPU or memory.

Usage Graph

  • Reboot and Shutdown buttons: You can use these buttons to send on-demand or scheduled reboot or shutdown requests to the target machine.
  • Reload Data: Refreshes the screen and updates the stats on the screen, if an updated metric data is available.

Important Note: If a computer was recently added to the monitoring center, it may take up to 10-15 minutes to collect and compile the initial data set. Allow more time if any sections of the computer details screen shows "Not Available".

 

Adding Alarms

You can add new alarms by clicking the "Add New" button on the main system monitoring center screen or by clicking "Add Alarm" button on computer details screen. If started from the system monitoring center screen, you will be asked to select or enter target computer's DNS name or IP address.

Create Alarm

Click "Continue" to proceed towards the next screen.

Pick the alarm type (Machine Goes Offline, CPU Usage, Memory Usage or Disk Usage), if disk usage was selected, select the target drive to monitor, specify a threshold and finally specify the trigger time where applies. The default is 1 datapoint (10 minutes). Adjust the threshold and datapoints toward a number that best suits your environment requirements.

You can create as many alarms as needed. There are no limits when it comes down to the number of alarms you can create on each appliance.

We hope this feature comes handy by helping your team carrying out a more proactive IT monitoring approach thus reducing challenges that arise with lack of it. We are planning to expand this feature by adding more capabilities to tools in the near future. Stay tuned! If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to our technical support.

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