Uptime Infrastructure Monitor uses a mail server to send alerts and reports to its users. After installing Uptime Infrastructure Monitor for the first time, the administrator was asked to enter SMTP server information. These initial values can be modified in the Mail Servers configuration panel.
To configure Uptime Infrastructure Monitor’s mail server, do the following:
smtp.<domain_name>convention, or could be its host name or IP address.
“uptime administrator” <[email protected]>
The database settings are used to determine how Uptime Infrastructure Monitor communicates with the DataStore, and how it performs a database health check. The following are the database-related parameters in the
The type of database that is used to store data from Uptime Infrastructure Monitor. The default value is
By default, Uptime Infrastructure Monitor uses a JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) driver, and the driver used to connect to the DataStore corresponds to the database selected:
|The name of the system on which the database is running. The default is |
|The port on which the database is listening. The default is |
|The name of the database. The default is |
|The name of the default database user. The default is |
|The password for the default database user. The default is |
Optional property-and-value pairs to append to the JDBC database URL. Note that only MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server supports URL properties, so this setting does nothing if you are using Oracle. The value of the dbJdbcProperty parameter in
|When this parameter is enabled with a non-zero value, Uptime Infrastructure Monitor performs a database health check. The value provided is the frequency of the check, in seconds. The default is |
|When the health check time limit is reached (the value unit is seconds, and the default is |
|The maximum number of connections that are allowed to the DataStore. Setting this option to a lower number helps increase the performance of Uptime Infrastructure Monitor.|
|(c3p0 library) Sets the amount of time a connection can be idle before it is closed. This parameter should only be modified with the assistance of Uptime Infrastructure Monitor Customer Support.|
|(c3p0 library) Sets the number of helper threads that can improve the performance of slow JDBC operations. This parameter should only be modified with the assistance of Uptime Infrastructure Monitor Customer Support.|
The Uptime Infrastructure Monitor DataStore is first linked to a database during the installation process, and contains important historical performance data that is collected. Linking the DataStore to a new database results in lost data unless you properly migrate your data to the new database. As such, changing the DataStore’s database should be done only after some consideration and planning.
In cases where you would like to migrate the database (for example, from the default Uptime Infrastructure Monitor MySQL implementation to Oracle) or move the DataStore to a different system from the Monitoring Station, you must modify the aforementioned database values in the
uptime.conf file. Note that the modification of these values is one of a series of steps. Refer to the Uptime Knowledge Base for more information on migrating your DataStore.
A Windows-based Element can retrieve metric data either through the Uptime Infrastructure Monitor Agent, or via WMI (see Agentless WMI Systems for more information). You can configure details for either method at a global level, in the form of agent connection information or WMI access credentials. Having global details defined simplifies individual Element configuration, and also allows you to switch the data collection method for multiple Windows Elements, at once, as a group.
When a system is part of the Uptime Infrastructure Monitor inventory, its data collection method is either configured to be based on an agent, or a WMI agentless method. This configuration option is set when the system is first added as an Element. If agent and WMI details are globally defined, when adding the Element, you are able to use the Uptime Agent Global Configuration, or use WMI Agentless Global Credentials to skip configuration steps.
Once configured, this data collection method can later be switched from an agent-based, to agentless method, or vice versa. Although this change can be made on a per-Element basis, multiple Elements can also be switched in a single batch. In the latter case, the data collection method must be globally defined.
To configure data collection methods globally, you can provide information for either the Uptime Infrastructure Monitor Agent, or your organization’s WMI credentials, or both. Note that batches of Elements can only be converted to a particular data collection source when that method is globally configured in the Global Credentials Settings panel.
To provide WMI credentials that can be used to switch Windows Elements from agent-based data collection:
To provide the Uptime Infrastructure Monitor Agent information that can be used to switch Windows Elements from agentless, WMI-based data collection, do the following:
Enter the Agent Port Number, indicating the port the Uptime Infrastructure Monitor Agents use to communicate with the Uptime Infrastructure Monitor Monitoring Station.
The port number entered reflects what the Uptime Infrastructure Monitor Agents are configured to use; this setting does not modify the agent-side configuration.
When you add a network device to Uptime Infrastructure Monitor, as part of the configuration process, you must provide details about how SNMP is configured to communicate with and manage other devices on the network. These details describe, among other things, the SNMP protocol used, and encryption methods.
By default, SNMP-specific settings are inputted for each network-type device, as they are added to Uptime Infrastructure Monitor. To facilitate this process, your network’s SNMP settings can defined globally in the Global Credentials Settings panel.
The following SNMP settings are used to configure network-related Elements, and can be defined globally.
The SNMP version the network device and your network are using.
The port on which network devices are configured to listen for SNMP messages.
A string that acts like a user ID or password, giving you access to the network device instance. Common read communities are “public,” enabling you to retrieve read-only information from the device, and “private,” enabling you to access all information on the device.
The name that is required to connect to the network device.
The password that is required to connect to the network device.
This option determines how encrypted information traveling between the network device and Uptime Infrastructure Monitor is authenticated:
The password that is used to encrypt information traveling between the network device and Uptime Infrastructure Monitor.
From the list, select an option that determines how information traveling between the network device and Uptime Infrastructure Monitor is encrypted:
This specifies whether Uptime Infrastructure Monitor can contact the network device using the ping utility.
There are scenarios in which you might not want the network device to be pingable (e.g., you have a firewall in place). Before enabling this option, you should try to contact it using the ping utility. If you cannot ping it, ensure this check box is left cleared. Then, change the default host check for the network device. See Changing Host Checks for more information.
To globally define the SNMP version 2 settings used to communicate with network devices on your network, do the following:
To globally define the SNMP version 2 settings used to communicate with network devices on your network, do the following:
Indicate the Privacy Type used for encryption.
If no password is provided, the authentication method is ignored.
You can set both the authentication and password types, only one of them, or neither.
Uptime Infrastructure Monitor displays a list of recent knowledge base articles in the My Portal panel. This list is fed to the My Portal panel via RSS (Really Simple Syndication, a method for delivering summaries of and links to Web content). Clicking the title of an article opens it in your Web browser.
By default, RSS feeds are drawn directly from the Uptime Infrastructure Monitor Support Portal without the use of proxy server information. If your Monitoring Station accesses the Internet through one, feeds are most likely unavailable, and the following message appears in the My Portal panel:
You can manually configure the settings for RSS feeds through the following parameters (default values, if applicable, are shown):
|the URL of the RSS feed (for example, |
|the host name of the proxy server that the Monitoring Station uses to access the Internet|
|the port through which the Monitoring Station communicates with the proxy server|
|the user name required to use the proxy server|
|the password required to use the proxy server|
Administrators can configure Action Profiles to automatically carry out tasks in the event of an Uptime Infrastructure Monitor alert. One such task is the initiation of contact with VMware vCenter Orchestrator, and the execution of a workflow. To have access to this functionality, Uptime Infrastructure Monitor needs to know how to communicate with Orchestrator.
For information about Action Profiles and VMware vCenter Orchestrator, see Action Profiles.
To configure Uptime Infrastructure Monitor integration with Orchestrator to execute workflows, do the following:
On the Uptime Infrastructure Monitor tool bar, click Config.
In the left panel, click VMware vCenter Orchestrator.
When the Web Application Transaction monitor is recording a user session on an external site, it is intercepting URLs by acting as your browser’s proxy. For the monitor to do this, you must replace your organization’s proxy server information with the Web Application Transaction monitor in your browser settings. In order for the monitor to access the Internet, you must provide your proxy settings in Uptime Infrastructure Monitor.
This monitor-specific proxy information is used during transaction recording; during session playback, the proxy normally used by Uptime Infrastructure Monitor (defined by the
httpProxy* settings) is used.
For more information about the Web Application Transaction monitor, see Web Application Transactions.
You can change Uptime Infrastructure Monitor’s proxy server configuration by manually inputting settings in the Uptime Configuration panel, as outlined in Modifying Uptime Infrastructure Monitor Config Panel Settings.
You can configure the proxy server settings used by Uptime Infrastructure Monitor when running the Web Application Transaction monitor with the following parameters:
|the host name of the proxy server that the Web Application Transaction monitor uses to access the Internet during transaction recording|
the port through which the Web Application Transaction monitor communicates with the proxy server during transaction recording
If you are using a reporting instance (an Uptime Infrastructure Monitor instance that only generates and serves reports), the remote reporting settings enable you to specify the location of the reporting instance, and the port on which it is listening.
To configure the remote reporting instance used by Uptime Infrastructure Monitor, do the following:
Note that the modification of these values is one of a series of steps performed to correctly set up a remote reporting instance. See Remote Reporting Instances for more information.
A UI instance is an Uptime Infrastructure Monitor installation that does not perform any data collection tasks, and is primarily used for real-time monitoring and report generation. When there are many Uptime Infrastructure Monitor users who do not need to perform full administrative tasks, UI instances can divert traffic from a core Monitoring Station implementation, improving data-collection performance and UI responsiveness.
You can manually configure UI instance settings with the following
|enables the Monitoring Station as a user interface instance|
|the host name or IP address of the Uptime Infrastructure Monitor Monitoring Station that is performing data collection, and to which this UI instance connects|
|the port through which the UI instance can communicate with the core data-collecting Monitoring Station; in most cases, this port should be 9996, otherwise the UI instance does not communicate properly with the core Monitoring Station|
To create a UI instance, do the following:
hostnameis the hostname or IP address of the core, data-collecting Monitoring Station, with which this UI instance can communicate
the port through which the UI instance can communicate with the core Monitoring Station
Unless your core Monitoring Station is customized, it is configured to use port 9996 to communicate with a UI instance. If you wish to use a different port, you must ensure matching
<installDirectory>/gadgetsdirectory on the Monitoring Station.
<installDirectory>/gadgetsdirectory accessible by the UI instance system.
/gadgetsdirectory accessible depends on the Monitoring Station platform:
mklinkcommand to create a symbolic link on the UI instance that points to the
/gadgetsdirectory on the core Monitoring Station, such as in the following example:
mklink /D "C:\Program Files\uptime software\uptime\gadgets" "\\host\gadgets"
Scrutinizer is a NetFlow analyzer that can be installed to monitor network traffic managed by compatible switches and routers. Scrutinizer can be integrated with Uptime Infrastructure Monitor as a NetFlow dashboard, and can directly link network devices monitored by Scrutinizer to their NetFlow data from each Element's Graphing tab. In order to access Scrutinizer, Uptime Infrastructure Monitor needs to be pointed to your installation. For more information about using Scrutinizer, see Integrating Scrutinizer with Uptime Infrastructure Monitor.
You can configure Scrutinizer’s integration with Uptime Infrastructure Monitor through the following parameters:
|determines whether Scrutinizer is integrated with the Monitoring Station|
|the host name or IP address of your Scrutinizer installation|
|the HTTP port through which Scrutinizer sends and receives communication|
|the username required to log in to Scrutinizer|
the password required to log in to Scrutinizer
Splunk is a third-party search engine that indexes log files and data from the devices, servers, and applications in your network. Using Splunk, you can quickly analyze your logs to pinpoint problems on a server or in a network, or ensure that you are in compliance with a regulatory mandate or Service Level Agreements. You install Splunk on a server in your datacenter.
When values are provided for the Splunk settings listed below, the Splunk icon appears in the My Portal panel beside the names of services that are in WARN or CRIT states. When you click the Splunk icon, you are automatically logged in to your Splunk search page.
You can change your Uptime Infrastructure Monitor-Splunk integration by manually inputting settings in the Uptime Config panel, as outlined in Modifying Uptime Infrastructure Monitor Config Panel Settings.
You can enable automatic login to the Splunk search page, or modify an existing configuration through the following parameters:
|the URL of the server on which your Splunk search page is hosted (for example, |
|the username required to log in to your Splunk search page|
|the password required to log in to your Splunk search page|
|the URL that points to the SOAP management port that Splunk uses to communicate with the Splunk daemon (for example, |
In the URL, you must include the port on which the Splunk server listens for requests. See the Splunk Admin Manual for more information.