Blog Summary for Week of December 19

1. Internet Security & Acceleration (ISA) Server’s Monitoring Whitepaper
Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server is a popular Internet connectivity solution that contains an enterprise firewall and a Web cache solution. If you use ISA, you’ll want to check out Monitis’ new white paper. It discusses best practices specific to ISA Server, Health Monitoring in general, and how to monitor your ISA Server with Monitis. The white paper includes scripts and code for creating custom monitors in Monitis to monitor ISA.

2. The Simplest Way to Build a Java Custom Monitor
Until now, Monitis’ Java SDK allowed you to build any internal agent you wanted, but building a Custom Monitor with Java wasn’t easy due to the limitations of Java. This post describes some enhancements to the Java API that allow you to create any custom monitor you need. Two classes have been added: and Then an example is shown incorporating these new classes to create a monitor for Memcached. Scripts and Dashboard images are provided.

3. Citrix XenDesktop on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V: Best Practices
This article discusses best practices for deploying and managing a VDI environment based on Citrix XenDesktop and Microsoft Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. Included is a description of Citrix PVS and how best to deploy it on your server, and how to keep the resources it uses to a minimum. Several tips are provided for each aspect of this setup, including the Hyper-V part, PVS memory and cache, and PVS write cache. If you’re planning on setting up a VDI, this is a good starting point. The next article in this series will discuss performance monitoring of a XenDesktop environment on Hyper-V.

4. Monitis: Changing How We Monitor!
As the IT landscape continues to change, IT professionals are faced with questions on what their role will be in the future. This post asks and answers three questions: Are we losing control? Are all SaaS providers created equal? What will my role be, now that our critical applications are moved to a hosted solution? To read the answers you’ll have to read the post, but the gist of it is that you don’t have to lose control. If you use a tool like Monitis, you’ll be able to monitor both your old and new setup, including on-premise software and hardware as well as hosted solutions. That’s the advantage of using the Monitis All-in-one monitoring solution.