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TheOne Server Monitor Lite: The Right Tool for the Job?

TheOne Server Monitor

By: Anthony Sullivan

Few things are more infuriating to a developer or IT person than finding out a production server is down and has been for hours or days without you knowing it. But as annoying as that is, it really never occurred to me to run a monitor to check it until recently, when my Web server was down for a couple of days.

Now I'm on the hunt for a good monitor to keep me aware of my server status. Which brings me to TheOne. No, not Neo. TheOne Server Monitor.

You can download your own copy of TheOne Server Monitor from the TechRepublic Software Library.

Upon loading TheOne for the first time, we see this screen. We need to configure and add services to be monitored before it will be any use to us.

20 comments
Tony K
Tony K

Does this do anything more than monitor services? Does it monitor hardware and overall server health? Performance trending and anaylsis? Can it take corrective actions when it finds an issue (such as a service down)?

ecositsupport
ecositsupport

I have used ServersCheck (http://www.serverscheck.com) this is more on the higher end, but the Dash Board is very easy to monitor. You can set it to run on a PC with a good size monitor, set it in the middle of your IT office and everyone can see the health of the systems.

rkrieg
rkrieg

We use Nagios to monitor 10 sites across the U.S. It works beautifully; it is totally customizable to fit your needs of monitoring, notification, and response. Remarkably, we purchased a Dell workstation preloaded with Redhat and put Nagios on it with no difficulties. It is free and there is large online community of support as well as several books on the utility. Price/performance is tough to beat.

marka
marka

Agreed 100%. I use nagios for live monitoring. With correct setup you can monitor everything from simple host up to exchange server health, to the temperature in a room etc. Excellent and free. Combined with Cacti which gives you historical data and trending and you have 2 tools that make an admins life a lot less stressful. Although I still find it amusing when my server starts paging me when it hits a high threshold.

it
it

HI, After reading your reviews I also looked into Nagios and it looks brilliant. Saying that I have a network full of Windows servers, is there any way I could get this working on a Windows box or would I need to stick a Linux box on the LAN then configure it to montior Windows Servers? Thanx

mark.a.garcia
mark.a.garcia

I could not agree more. We use it to monitor our corporate and datacenter resources. Cant restate it enough, FREE.

indaka.silva
indaka.silva

Ever tried Nagios? Works a treat when monitoring Windows servers with the NRPE plugins.....you can graph stuff etc etc.. Takes a bit of getting used to, but it is free and theres plenty of support on the web for it now.

john.sills
john.sills

I need to insure that the NIC config is correct on about 50 Windows servers I use for Software Distribution. My server team can't seem to get the NIC settings right after any upgrade or maintenance on the servers. I'm tired of distribution problems when a machine on a 100MB pipe has the NIC set to 10. I know, this sounds silly but it continues to happen. Help ?

ecositsupport
ecositsupport

While browsing sysinternals I came across a cool little program that you can use on any windows machine to quickly get system info, the program is called bginfo. It writes the system info to the wallpaper, no processes. The cool part is that you can load it into Startup and have it write to a file, so you would know what the servers are up to. search on sysinternals bginfo to get the latest version.

wdewey@cityofsalem.net
wdewey@cityofsalem.net

If the NIC card is forced to 100MB full duplex then normal updates shouldn't change this and if the server team can't get NIC settings correct then I would question there competence on doing pretty much anything. (My 2 cents) If this causes a complete failure to communicate then a ping test would tell you that the server is not responding. There may be some way with SNMP to check for NIC settings, but I am not really that familiar with SNMP. SNMP settings also tend to vary based on device/software manufacturer from what I remember. Bill

Yoorix
Yoorix

What we are talking about? I have been using Advanced Host Monitor by KS-Soft for years. The best monitoring solution indeed. http://www.ks-soft.net/hostmon.eng/index.htm

nreid
nreid

I'd have to agree with you on this product. We use Hostmonitor throughout our organisation. The amount of monitoring options ranges from a standard ping, service monitoring, SNMP test and email testing. If you want to take the monitoring to the next level you can assign scripts to do extensive customised tests and still have the benefit of notifications. Tests can be linked together so that only the highest failure will send notifications resulting in less clutter in your inbox. I would highly recommend taking a look at this if you are in need of a decent monitoring application.

david_scott
david_scott

I am trying this software out and I am trying to setup a monitor for my outlook web access which is an ssl site. I keep getting a fail on test connection when i know it is up. Has anyone setup up a monitor for an ssl website successfully on this software?

akk
akk

[OT Alert] Sometimes I find it hard to believe that the people posting these images are really IT people! Why on earth would one post a complete desktop screen shot just to show a dialog box worth of settings??? This really irks me!!!

anthony
anthony

Thanks for the feedback! I usually try to keep my screenshots at the same level throughout the gallery. This is mostly for cosmetic reason as it makes the gallery look better, however it may not always make sense to do it this way. Thanks for the feed back! Oh, and I can assure you I am an IT professional. Check out my profile if you like. ;) Anthony

nerdybails
nerdybails

open source - cacti/nagios - the ultimate? i think anyone looking at monitoring needs to look at the most powerful server monitoring tools there are. hyperic and the like are very limited, cacti and nagios can be as simple or as complex as you need it to be.

SpunkyTech
SpunkyTech

TheOne looks like it's easy to setup. I use Big Brother which is a bit more complicated to setup, but works well...

sasare
sasare

We are in the process of developing a new hosted solution package and monitoring will playing a major role. Will BE GLAD IF i GET SOME MORE DOCS ON THIS APPLICATION..

jduino
jduino

While this looks nice I still prefer Hyperic HQ. Web-based, essentially platform agnostic, VERY fast and simple to configure out-the-gate, and definitely cheap: as in free (there is also an Enterprise version for $$ that provides a few extra features). Hyperic is also easy to extend with custom plugins.

phil
phil

Groundwork Monitor Open Source Server www.groundworkopensource.com -based off of Nagios www.nagios.org Hyperic IQ www.hyperic.com both of these products are free, and very powerful. both also have a paid version for complex monitoring and/or service support of the monitoring software. I haven't tried Hyperic yet, but it looks a lot easier to set up.