Description

Advanced Host Monitor 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 over 100 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;
  • and this is not all…

Over 100 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, amount of free physical or virtual memory, CPU usage, 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.
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).

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.

Remote Monitoring Agents for Windows, FreeBSD, Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD and Solaris

HostMonitor can check remote hosts directly or using Remote Monitoring Agents (RMA) installed in another network. RMA is small application that accepts requests from HostMonitor, performs test and provides information about test result back to HostMonitor.
RMA increases security of the network, decreases network traffic, simplifies network administration, and allows to monitor systems that are impossible to monitor directly from HostMonitor (e.g. using RMA HostMonitor can check a number of running processes on Linux system).

 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.

Utilities and auxiliary applications

In addition to HostMonitor (the core of a whole package) an Advanced Host Monitor package has the following auxiliary components:


 

IP-Tools provides 19 TCP/IP utilities

IP-Tools is a popular and powerful network tool which provides 19 TCP/IP utilities. IP-Tools is a separate package, however an Enterprise license for Advanced Host Monitor includes a bonus license for IP-Tools.

Comments

It is surprisingly easy to install, administer and use. For example you will be able to copy custom configured package from one server to another within 2-3 minutes. HostMonitor is a system tray program and can be launched at startup or started as a Win32 Interactive Service. Highly intuitive interface and context help system makes our software easy to learn.
 

Customers

We are proud that our software helps customers in over 82 countries. Today our client base encompasses thousands of IT companies and private firms, 197 government organizations, 173 banks, and 138 universities.

What’s new

Advanced Host Monitor 10.64

HostMonitor, RCC, Passive and Active RMA agents for Windows – Folder/File Availability test method supports FTP, FTPS and SFTP protocols.
Now Folder/File Availability test can check:

·         files on local file system;

·         files on shared network disk connected to HostMonitor system (using network client installed on local Windows system);

·         files on system where Remote Monitoring Agent is running;

·         files on shared network disk connected to the system where Remote Monitoring Agent is running;

·         files on FTP and FTPS server (FTPS uses SSL);

·         files on SFTP server (SFTP uses SSH protocol).

When you specify file name you may use the following formats:

 

If you check file on

path should be specified like

– local file system
– or system where RMA for Windows is running;

:\

Examples:
C:foldersubfoldererror1.log
C:folderlog-%mmddyyyy%.txt
D:%newestfolder%
D:logs%ddmmyy[-1d]%%oldestfile%

– system where RMA for UNIX is running;

//

Examples:
/var/logs/sql/
/var/logs/%newestfolder%

– shared network disk connected to HostMonitor or Windows RMA agent

\\

Note: we recommend to use UNC path to the resource even if you set mapped disk drive. HostMonitor started as Windows service will not see mapped disks but will be able to check resource specified by UNC path

– SFTP server

sftp://@[:]//

Examples:
sftp://[email protected]:22/uploads/log.txt
sftp://[email protected]m:22/uploads/%oldestfile%
sftp://[email protected]/uploads/%mmddyy[-1d]%

– FTP / FTPS server

ftp://@[:]// []
ftps://@[:]// []

Examples:
ftp://[email protected]:21/uploads/log.txt
ftp://user1:[email protected]:21/uploads/
ftps://[email protected]:990/%newestfolder%   [DMY]
ftps://[email protected]/uploads/%ddmmyy%

Notes:
< dateformat> parameter is optional; if specified, it should be inside square brakets. Useful when you need to check file modification time (necessary for some servers due to limitations of FTP protocol

Available date formats:
[MDY] – month, day, year, like 01/25/91 or 01-25-2005
[DMY] – day, month, year, like 25/11/91 or 25-11-2005
[YMD] – year, month, day, like 91/11/25 or 2005-11-25
[YDM] – year, day, month, like 91/25/01 or 2005-25-01

 

 

    The following issue was resolved

  • Log Analyzer: in some cases interactive HTML report did not show charts. Fixed