Blog Summary for Week of November 14

1. New Monitis Dashboard Video Tutorial
The Monitis team has made a dozen or so videos that walk through various aspects of the service. These can be found on the Tutorials page. A new video was just released that walks through the functionality of the Monitis dashboard. It shows how to customize the layout of the dashboard, how to share tabs and reports, and how to change the settings of monitors. If Monitis’ advanced UI is new to you, this video will serve as a perfect introduction.

2. Active Directory Replication
This is the 4rd article in the Active Directory series, and it discusses replication. Active Directory serves as a central location for network administration and security. This post talks about which data are partitioned in the directory and walks through various types of replication, including intrasite and intersite replication. It also goes through four methods for setting up a replication topology and offers advice on how to choose a method based on your needs.

3. Monitor Everything with Monitis – And do it easily with PowerShell – Part 10
Previous articles showed the wealth of data you can monitor using WMI, PowerShell, and custom monitors in Monitis. Using simple scripts, you can monitor anything without having to download any software onto your servers. Monitis has been posting scripts to its Github page and writing posts to show the multitude of ways in which this approach can be useful. This post shows how you can monitor Windows skus and serial numbers in a similar way. Example code is provided which shows how to install the Powershell module and make the necessary WMI calls to collect sku and serial numbers and push them to the Monitis cloud, where they can be monitored.

4. Apache & Monitis’ M3: The Perfect Match
Do you use Apache regularly? If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you do. It’s the most popular webserver, and M3 (Monitis Monitor Manager) is a powerful Monitis tool. Wouldn’t it be great to bring them together? This post shows how Apache presents logs, how to measure the speed of a webserver and present it with M3. Apache outputs two standard logs, ErrorLog and AccessLog. You can also create your own log output format, and the provided code shows you how to do this. You can then use the Monitis API to push the data to the cloud, but using M3 will be easier! A chart is shown monitoring Apache webserver speed on the Monitis dashboard.