Get started with CloudRadar Monitoring in 5 Minutes
April 23, 2020
Welcome aboard - It's great to have you with us!
This guide will help you to get your monitoring up and running in 5 minutes.
Setting up CloudRadar takes only 3 steps
- Creating your first host (server, network device or website)
- Add checks to that host
Everything else - like alerting rules, notification channels, etc. is pre-set to reliable default values so you start monitoring immediately - while you can modify them later as needed.
Detailed steps to start monitoring
1. Sign up and log into your account via https://my.cloudradar.io
2. Select your Time Zone and Region, and the monitoring location closest to you - this is where your checks will be performed from:
- ASIA-SOUTHEAST - Singapore
- AU-SOUTHEAST - Victoria
- BRAZIL-SOUTH - Sao Paulo State
- EU-WEST - Netherlands
- INDIA-SOUTH - Chennai
- US-WEST - California
- AFRICA - South Africa
3. Set up your first monitoring host
A host can be anything you need to want to monitor: a server, a network device (router, switch, load balancer, or any device with an IP address), or a website.
- Website monitoring provides a 1-click wizard to monitor a website's uptime/availability - but you can also set up a website as a host and define more checks.
- For server monitoring, you create a host first. Publicly accessible servers can be monitored directly, while server in-depth monitoring for cpu, memory, disk and process monitoring requires that you install our monitoring agent on each server you want to monitor. The agent is available for all Windows and Linux systems and is installed via a simple process that is guided in the host-setup dialogue (read more here). This agent is open source and will be the connection between your server and your CloudRadar Console.
- To monitor network devices, you need to install the CloudRadar Frontman - a tiny open source data collector similar to the agent - on any server within your intranet. The Frontman will serve as a connection point between each of your intranets (one Frontman per intranet) and your CloudRadar Console. (more on Frontman setup).
4. Dashboard view
It will show all your hosts, number of checks performed, when the last checks were performed and how many alerts or warnings were sent. TV-Mode gives you the dashboard in full-screen.
Add more websites or hosts as needed.
That’s it! Simple as that.
What are your most critical hosts or websites? Get them monitored first so you never miss an issue again.
Further details: understanding your dashboard
Create Website Monitoring
- Enter the URL & click "Create"
- You can now monitor your website from your Dashboard - and receive alerts.
Hosts are systems you need to monitor like servers, devices and websites.
- Enter a name for your
- Add a description - like location or other specifics
- Add the FQDN* or IP address
- Add a tag if you want to manage larger numbers of hosts.
* Fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is the complete domain name for a specific host, consisting of two parts: the hostname and the domain name. Example: mymail.somecompany.com
Rules define when alerts or warnings are triggered. For a reliable and fast start, all rules are pre-configured - but you can edit them easily:
1) And effected host is - This is where you decide on the hosts for your alerts
- Is any (will alert on all your hosts)
- Is (drop-down with all your hosts)
- Name (use wildcard)
- Connect [FGQN/IP] (use wildcard)
- Has a Tag (use wildcard)
2) And check type is - This is where you decide on the type of checks for your alerts
- Any (will alert on all checks)
- Service check (ICMP Ping Success, ICMP Ping packet loss, ICMP Ping roundtrip time, TCP Service check, TCP Performance)
- Web check (any success, GET success, POST success, HEAD success, Performance (seconds)
* In the above screen you can see that depending on the check there’s quite a bit of the detail you can add to our checks. For more details and the various options for the above Service Check and Web Check please check the <CloudRadar Checks Guide>
You can view the rules in your rule overview, where you can
- Activate / Pause
- Sort your rules
- Delete rules
- Edit rules
3) And check is - This is where you decide how quickly you want to be alerted
- Only after 3 failed attempts
- Only after 5 failed attempts
- Only after 8 failed attempts
4) Do send - This is where you decide on the action when CloudRadar has detected a problem with your configured check(s) at your selected host(s)
- Send a warning
- Send an alert
- Do nothing
Manage your monitoring team:
- Invite users
- Check status of invite (invited or joined)
- Make other users admin
- Search for users
- Delete users
- See how many team members can still be added in the current plan
Configure your recipients:
- View and edit the chosen alert mechanisms for your recipients
- Decide who will receive your alerts, your reminders and your warnings
- Decide who will receive your reports and at what frequency (daily, weekly or monthly)
- Pause, activate or delete specific recipients
- Search for all your recipients
- Change the password, timezone, default check location to one of our other Global monitoring locations
- See how many team members there are and how many more can be added
- See how many hosts have been added and how many more can be added
- Change Plan (upgrade or downgrade)
- Delete the account (all data will be deleted, no back-ups are retained and no data can be recovered!)
Author: Tertius Kleinhans