How does HostMonitor warn you of failures?
HostMonitor is a network management software, it provides different ways (30 methods!) to respond to failed services.
Audio and visual notifications can alert people near the machine. E-mail and pager notifications
can be used to inform a wider range of remote operators.
Some of the actions HostMonitor can take will try to recover from a failure automatically without human intervention.
These actions include: Restart service, Reboot local/remote computer, Dial-up to the network, Disconnect dial-up connection, SNMP Set, and more...
Each test can be set up with an individual alert profile, and each alert profile
may contain a number of alert actions that can be launched in a predefined order
depending on the test results.
Here is a list of available actions to kick off in response to a problem:
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
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.
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.