Servers - Do you monitor the uptimes of all your servers daily?

Last updated by Brady Stroud [SSW] 6 days ago.See history

It is important that the system administrator can easily find out how reliable his servers are. This can be achieved using tools like What's Up Gold (WUG) to monitor many statistics e.g.:

  • Uptime - Ping, Interface monitor
  • Performance - RAM usage, CPU usage
  • Network - Bandwidth, Interface throughput
  • Storage - Disk usage, health

For example, here is a report in WhatsUp Gold you can use to monitor servers on a daily basis.

Figure: Good example - WhatsUp Gold - Green indicates servers are healthy

Another option is to use WUG's built-in email alerts, which can be formatted in HTML or plain text. You can also add variables that change based on the current state of devices and other stats.

Figure: OK Example - Editing WUG's email action is simple, but HTML skills are necessary to make a good looking report

The best option is to use SQL Reporting Services to create a custom report that can be emailed via a data-driven subscription, which sends a nicely formatted email when there's a problem.

Figure: Good example - Email - Nicely branded email, red indicates servers are not healthy

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