Getting Started Basics

1.   Adding Uptime Monitor

In the Monitors top menu you will find all protocols and monitors that we support, sorted by type. We constantly extend this collection with new monitors.
Select the protocol you want to monitor from the Uptime Monitors sub-menu and follow the wizard to add it.

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Uptime monitor is a monitor that runs from one of Monitis global locations and periodically checks the availability of your web site (HTTP, HTTPS, etc) or web service (POP3, FTP, etc). It’s kind of pinging your site/port with selected protocol. Advanced settings allow you to go through basic authentication, verifying that site source code contains specific text, and more.
Add_Uptime_Monitor_Step_1Add_Uptime_Monitor_Step_1.1You will need to provide the URL or IP of the web site to monitor, fill in the port and the timeout threshold, set the check frequency and select the world locations you want your site to be checked from. Once you are done the system will propose you to select alert configuration for the monitor you have just created.
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You can choose to send alerts for this monitor to all contacts, your selected contacts or not to send any alerts.

Click OK when done. The uptime monitor will be added in your Monitis dashboard.


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  1. Setting Up Contacts and Alerts

Once you have signed up to Monitis we create a default contact for you using the email address that you have provided. Check your mail box for the confirmation link that we sent you and click it to confirm this email contact, otherwise you will not be receiving alerts on it. Basically any contact you add is disabled until verified (we send verification code by email or by SMS).

To add a new contact, go the Alerts top menu and select Contacts.

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Contact – an entity able to receive alerts and email reports. The number of contacts is unlimited – you can add as many of them as you want. Same person can have several contacts – email, SMS, etc.

If you just skipped the Alert Configuration dialog – don’t’ worry, you can always configure alerts for the monitor from the monitor settings by selecting Alert Rules.

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Alert Rule – a rule defining when and how your contacts will be notified if monitor fails.

 Other Useful Monitors

The Full Page Load monitor checks how long it takes to load and render your page in real browser and provides detailed stats in a loading timeline of separate resources (click on the monitor’s chart to get it).

The Transaction Monitor brings you closer to the end-user by checking entire interaction scenarios, e.g. the purchase flow in your website.

The Server/Device and Application monitors monitor server resources (CPU, drive, memory, etc) and common web apps. You need to install and run on your machine small Monitis Agent that will check your server every 5 minutes and report results to your dashboard. We support all major Linux and Windows servers.

  1. Extending Your Dashboard with Status Views

To get quick overview of what is going on in your system you will need the Status Views top menu. The Failed Monitors View provides you with a list of all monitors that are in failure state now. As all other modules you can drag and drop status views over the tab or from tab to tab in your dashboard.

Module – a dashboard element, e.g. a monitor, status view or report.

  1. Organizing your monitoring

You have for sure noticed the Group combo with “Default” value in it when creating your monitors.

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You can add groups of your own at any time.

Group – Monitis way to organize monitors or contacts together in logical units. Mostly used in alerting (you can set up an alert rule to send alerts to a group of contacts, or to apply to any monitor in a group of monitors), in granting access via subaccounts, etc.

Manage your monitor groups from the Monitors-> Monitor Groups menu. Also note the Global View (under the Status View top menu). Once you organize your monitors in groups this view provides your entire infrastructure overview in one place. Its shows all your monitor groups with red/green rectangles next to them. Once any monitor in the group fails – the group icon turns red.
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Click on a group icon to get to the list of monitors in it, and click then on any of the monitors to open it.

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  1. Reporting and SLA

After you use Monitis for some days you definitely would want to check out the uptime of the systems you monitor. Check our reports (under the Reports top menu) and feel free to experiment with them – some you can add to the dashboard, and some you can schedule to be sent via email. For sure check out the Management Reports – they provide also how your systems perform relative to SLA you set.

SLA – Service Level Agreement. In Monitis you can set SLA for uptime and performance in the monitor settings.

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Other

Maintenance. You can set up maintenance period in any monitor. During the maintenance we will not send you alerts and will exclude monitor’s downtime from reports.

Shared Page. Share your dashboard’s tab with your colleagues. They will see all monitors you have on the shared page, but would not be able to change anything.

Mobile. Access your monitoring with Android or iOS device, and receive alerts via push notifications.API. With Monitis comprehensive API you can export monitoring results from Monitis, integrate with other systems or push your own custom time-series data (e.g. from your own monitoring scripts) to Monitis.

Subaccounts. Add access for your colleagues to the dashboard. We support full access and read-only access that you can limit to particular group of monitors only.
And more. Contact us at support@monitis.com or via live chat (Help -> Contact Monitis Support -> Live Chat) to find out what other functionality we offer, or to get help.