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Configuring Your First Monitors

A big part of the Stackify equation is making sure you have good visibility into your production resources. This includes Apps, Servers/Roles/VMs, and Resources (web sites, database queries, Azure Service Bus Queues/Topics, Files, etc.). As a Getting Started exercise, we will point out some of the things you will want to focus on initially to ensure you're getting the best visibility possible into everything that's going on in your application and environment.

Installing the Agent

Installing the Agent

First things first, be sure you have installed the Stackify Monitoring Agent. If you haven't installed on at least one machine that hosts a meaningful application, be sure to visit this guide first.

Setting Up Thresholds, Ranges, Occurrences, and Waiting Periods for Your Alerts

For both Server Monitor Templates and App Monitoring, you will have the option of establishing when an Alert will trigger.  You do this by setting when and how an alert for a monitor fires.  

Thresholds and Ranges

Thresholds and Ranges

The first step is to establish what the threshold or range is.  For example, if you wanted to receive an alert when CPU% for a server is greater than or equal to 95%, you can specify that here.  You can also control to be alerted when the monitor is within a range or outside of a range. As shown above, the operators (>, >=, <, <=, =, !=) are used to define thresholds and ranges.

Occurrences and Waiting Periods

Occurrences and Waiting Periods

The next step is to establish the condition an alert will trigger after the threshold or range has been met.  For example, if you set the waiting period for 5 minutes, an alert will trigger if the monitor is above the threshold for 5 minutes straight.  You can also control to be alerted when the monitor hits the threshold a given number of occurrences.  As shown above, m(minutes), h(hours), and d(days) are used to specify time, and x(times) specifies occurrences.

Configuring App and Resource Monitors From App Dashboard

Configuring App and Resource Monitors From App Dashboard

Once you have installed the Stackify Monitoring Agent on at least one server running an App you want to monitor, you should see Apps in the Stacks page. From there, choose your App and configure App and Resource monitors in the App Dashboard.  To learn more on configuring monitoring for Apps, visit Configuring App Monitors.  Below will show you how to add additional monitors to your servers.

Configuring Server Monitors

Configuring Server Monitors

The best way to set up monitors for your servers is with Server Monitor Templates.  This feature allows you to set up templates with monitors and alerts and then assign servers to the template.  This is a fast and easy way to ensure consistent monitor configuration for servers.  To learn more about this feature and how to best use it, see the article on Server Monitor Templates.  Once these monitors are configured, you will be able to view the status of the server in the Server Dashboard.

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