Adding uptime monitors to your dashboard


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Adding uptime monitors to your dashboard

Video Transcript

Speakers in this video: Jimmy (GetApp) and Jason (Monitis)

Jason: Alright. So, we have a number of monitors. Basically how we get started is we need to add our first monitor. So, on the tab that we're on it will be a blank tab in a new demo. You can open up the monitor list and you'll see all the features that we have available to be able to add. We're going to start with our Uptime monitors. Uptime monitors are simple checks that allow you to be able to check it, the availability if the site is up or down. Essentially, we're sending a request for the header or some request for one of these protocols. We wait for that response. As long as there's a response then it -- we consider it an okay. If for any reason there's an error response or there's some -- no response within a certain time frame, then we would alert you based on your alert thresholds.

If we click on, 'HTTP,' as an example we can set up a brand new monitor. We'll go ahead and set it up for Google here. We'll enter in the URL or IP that we want to use. We then have some additional settings where we can enter in the type of request that we want whether it's GET or POST. We also have the ability to enter in a different port number if for any reason we're using a unique port number rather than the standard ports for the protocol. We can adjust the port number. We can also change the timeout from anywhere from one to fifty seconds. In addition, we have some advanced settings here which will allow us to add content match. So, if we want to know if the websites available but we also want to know if there's some content, we can enter in the content here.

In addition, we can add any additional information to the request header. So, if we want to identify that request that we're sending you can add additional fields to be able to be more unique as far as the messages that are being sent from our side. In addition, we also have the basic authentication. So, if your site requires basic authentication we can also pass those credentials through during the check to make sure that that basic authentication is working appropriately. Once we have all that information filled out we can click, 'Next.'

Once we click, 'Next,' we're brought to the step two of the process which allows us to pick from our global locations on which locations we want to use. We have thirty plus global locations for our uptime monitors. After we select the ones that we want -- we can select any based on out plan size. So, if we pay for two we would be able to select two and if we pay for more we can select the additional ones there. For this test I'm just going to select the three. I'm going to say, 'Add.' It's going to add the monitor window right behind us here with my locations already selected.

It's also going to give me the alert configuration which allows me to set up who I'm going to contact when there's a problem. So, the default is, 'Send to All Contacts.' So, all contacts in your Monitis account would be alerted based on the thresholds that are sent. We could do custom configuration which would allow me to select the contacts that I would like to be alerted or I can say don't send alerts at all. I'm going to say, custom configuration on this one and I'm going to say okay. You'll see here that my contact Jason Todd, which is an email contact, is already added. The alert upon is first failure from second location which means that each time that there's a failure from two locations or more that I'm monitoring from I would be notified.

In addition, we have the ability to be continuously alerted. So, you can select, 'Continuous Alerts,' if you want to be notified more than once. We also have the ability to alert upon when the issue is fixed. So, whenever the issue is resolved you'll receive a recovery alert as well. So, if we want to edit this alert rule we can click the three bars, we can say, 'Edit.' We can see the contact that it's going to. We can change the alert upon. So, we can increase the number of failures that are required. In addition, we can change the number of locations and the locations would be maxed out based on the number of locations you're using. So, as I'm only using three, 'All,' would be all three would have to fail.

In addition, we have the alert, 'Alert when fixed,' 'Receive continuous alerts.' and then we also have advanced options. The advanced options allow us to create a alerting schedule. The alerting schedule can be based on a 24/7 period, a daily time schedule or specified days only. In this instance I'm just going to leave it on 24/7. I'm going to say, 'Save.' I'm going to say, 'Close,' and now my monitor is set up. After about two to three minutes the monitor will collect the information and it will start graphing the data here for us to be able to visually see.