20 Replies Latest reply on May 5, 2009 10:31 AM by bshopp

    ipMonitor Wishlist

    BTSpaul
        • Re: ipMonitor Wishlist
          chris.lapoint

          BTSpaul, thanks for the abbreviated list   I'd like to talk through these enhancements via phone to ensure we're capturing the entire driving use-cases behind your requests.   I'll send you a private email to setup the call.

              • Re: ipMonitor Wishlist
                chris.lapoint

                This is definitely a candidate for the next release, but I can't confirm anything at this point.     Can you explain how you would expect this to function?   For example, ipMonitor receives an email from a 3rd party system, then what?   Do we need to count accumulated emails before alerting?   Or do you expect this to just function as a forwarding system?

                  • Re: ipMonitor Wishlist
                    BTSpaul

                    I guess I would expect to be able to create monitors that would watch for incoming mail and parse the From, To, Subject fields (and maybe Body too) and based on parse results, trigger an alert. Similar to EventLog monitor, but monitor ipMonitor mailbox instead... Certainly, this needs to have a content generator which would allow me to grab the info I need from the email to include in the ipMonitor alert (email/sms).


                    If the rule configuration would allow counting accumulated stuff it would be awesome too, but the basic functionality as described above is something we are desperate to have.


                    Thank you!

              • Re: ipMonitor Wishlist
                Andrew Story

                 Hi there

                 

                One I'd like to add.

                 

                Direct monitoring of items available in Windows perfmon such as page file useage, would be great to havemore grnularioty on these items and be able to report on them. 

                  • Re: ipMonitor Wishlist
                    chris.lapoint
                    Good news!   You can do this today using the Exchange Server Monitor, since it contains those server performance counters.  Go to devices tab, select server you want to monitor these performance counters on, and select Add Monitor.   Choose Exchange Monitor, but don't enable Exchange queue counters.   Enable other counters as you see fit as they really apply to all Windows servers.  
                      • Re: ipMonitor Wishlist
                        Andrew Story

                        Hi Chris, I see what you mean regarding adding the exchange monitor, but it can't give me reports on disk IO's or page file useage, if this could be added in a futerure release it would really help as i benchmark lots of our companies servers and this is a monitor that would be really useful. If I was to contact support is there anyway I can monitor disk IO's and page file useage through WMI or similar and report on them?

                        Some more for the wishlist:

                         
                        Control over the monitors template - i.e. set all furture bandwidth monitor with thresholds for Gbit NIC's and switches so not to so them all after the event or manually.

                        Useage of Mass edit - make more friendly and granular.  I tried to change the settings on all bandwidth monitors and ended up changing them all in 2 areas (max threshold and max short term)

                         

                        Thanks, Andy 

                    • Re: ipMonitor Wishlist
                      BTSpaul

                      Additions to my the wishlist :-)

                      • If a monitor or a group of monitors is manually suspended, there is no indication about who did it and for how long. IMO it is crucial to have this info in a multi-user environment.
                      • I saw some marketing for new BB4 recently and they have "world clocks" feature on top of screens. I think it would be nice to be able to put clocks in various timezones to be displayed in ipMonitor page headers.
                      • Re: ipMonitor Wishlist
                        BTSpaul
                        08 Apr 2008:

                        9. Any progress on GSM SMS alerting fix for 160 characters issue?
                        10. Any progress on Re: SNMP Trap monitoring?

                         



                        I've been asking about the two items above since October 2007 (both here in Thwack and in support tickets)... Every time Solarwinds would acknowledge this as an existing problem that needs attention. May I ask again if there is any progress/workaround/fixes?

                        Thank you!

                        • Re: ipMonitor Wishlist
                          moWhite

                          More requests:

                          • <I moved this one to the top>  If a monitor fails and then is disabled or suspended, when it enables, it should send an up alert.  We haven't found a good method to notify the secondary, hardware, and manager contacts for monitors when the primary person starts troubleshooting a problem.  If I have a down email or text message, I'd like to get an up message, but I don't if the monitor is disabled or suspended.
                          • Alert on "noisy" monitors.  I had a server that dropped off the network every few minutes for a few weeks before we found the problem.  I looked in the IpMonitor logs and saw that it had gone into warning mode several thousand times, never once failed.  If there are so many failures per hour, send an alert.
                          • External monitoring of my IpMonitor installation.  I'd like Solar Winds to monitor my IpMonitor and send an alert when I drop off the network.  We have monitors on everything:  SAN, UPS, Generator, Power to the building, Switches, Servers, etc.  If my company drops off the internet, I never learn about it.
                          • Be able to report on the link between the monitors and alerts.  I use custom tags and smart groups, and have smart groups set up to look for improperly created monitors; I send out a monthly configuration report to show improper monitors.  However, every once in a while we create a monitor that isn't being watched for alerts.  Putting some of the "relationship" information into a report would be great.
                          • Accounts / passwords tied to domain accounts.

                          IpMonitor is still the best $800.00 I've spent in IT.

                          Thanks, Richard

                          • Re: ipMonitor Wishlist

                            I have some:

                            1. Normally when you put a recovery parameter is to restart a Windows NT service. But what if the recovery isn't restarting a Windows NT service but several services or you have to put some commands in DOS prompt. Can there be a recovery based on a batch program and/or can there be a modification so you can restart several services?

                             2. We use the ipMonitor for telco clients. We wish to monitor RTP, SS7, R2, etc. Can you include some other types of monitors that can do this?

                             

                            Regards

                            Alejandro Castro

                            Sixbell Nekotec Solutions