Site Monitoring

Specifying an Alert Action

Wizard - Alerting the User

There are many programs that monitor computers and networks, to be useful they must not rely on a user remembering to periodically look at a 'log file' or refreshing statistical analysis.

Site Vigil offers a range of ways of grabbing a user's attention to a problem with a monitored site or page.

You can specify any combination of alerting actions, not just a single one.

If the computer running Site Vigil is in constant use the default Message may be most appropriate as this will immediately command attention. Playing a sound through the computer's speakers provides a more intrusive alert for unattended PCs. A very useful feature of SiteVigil is to send an E-Mail alert or an SMS message to one or more recipients, thus allowing you to be notified off site. On NT some administrators make good use of the system's event log, Site Vigil can report to that too. You can get the alert to call up a web page alert that can take an arbitrary action (log the alert in a database etc.)

Each type of alert action has configuration options that are reached by pressing the Config button alongside the option.

You can choose how you will be informed of a persistent problem. By default, you will be informed each time a problem is found (for example a web site is inaccessible) if you want to be informed only when the problem first occurs and when the problem is resolved (for example when the web site is accessible again) select the second alerting option.

You can also choose to raise the alert even if no problems are found, this may be useful when you want to be sure that the monitoring is regularly taking place.

Further alert configuration options are available in the Scheduler.

To check that the alert options are working as intended press the Test Alert button.

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