Getting started with CloudRadar in 5 Minutes

Welcome on board first of all, great to have you with us! This getting Started guide will show you how to get your monitoring up and running within 5 minutes max!

If you have any question beyond this guide, don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help!

Setting up your first CloudRadar monitoring takes only 3 steps:

  1. Signup and region configuration
  2. Creating your first host (server, network device or website)
  3. Add one or more checks to that host

Everything else - like altering rules, notifications, etc. is pre-set to reliable default values but can be modified at any time.


Detailed steps to get your monitoring going

1. After sign-up pls click the "verify email" to activate your account

2. Log-in to your account via https://my.cloudradar.io

3. For your initial setup, select your time zone, Region and choose the closest monitoring server location to you from which your checks will be performed:

  • ASIA-SOUTHEAST-Singapore
  • AU-SOUTHEAST-Victoria
  • BRAZIL-SOUTH-Sao Paulo State
  • EU-WEST-Netherlands
  • INDIA-SOUTH-Chennai
  • US-EAST-California


4. Now you can set up your first monitoring

You can choose between setting up a host or a website monitoring. A host can be anything you want to want to monitor: a server, a network device like router, switch, load balancer, or a website.

The website monitoring is a 1-click setup to monitor a website - but you can also setup a website as a host and define more checks.

For server monitoring, you need to upload a CloudRadar Agent (cagent) on each server you want to monitor. It’s a simple process which is detailed in the host-setup dialogue. This agent will be the connection between your server and your CloudRadar Console.

For network monitoring, you need to install the CloudRadar Frontman - a tiny data collector - 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.

5. Once you have setup one host or website monitoring, you will see your Dashboard where you can toggle between viewing your <HOSTS> or your <EVENTS>:


It will show you your hosts, how many checks were done, when the last checks were performed and how many alerts and / or warnings were sent. If there are alerts or warnings you can click on the <VIEW> icon and see the detail on the issue and when the last check was done.

View

The TV-Mode gives you the dashboard in full-screen. Escape or <EXIT TV MODE> brings you back to normal screen size.

TV Mode

From your Dashboard or from <HOSTS> in your left Navigation you can select <Add Website> or <Add Host> to add more hosts or websites.

That’s it. Which are your most critical hosts or websites? Get them monitored first so you never miss an issue again.


Additional background information

<CREATE WEBSITE MONITORING>

  1. Type in the URL starting with http:// or https:// (can be the URL of any page that is publicly available, so not behind a login page)
  2. Click <CREATE>
  3. You can now monitor your website from your Dashboard and of course via our alerts

<ADD HOST>

Hosts are systems you're monitoring like servers, devices and websites. Take the below 4 steps to start monitoring your host

  1. Give your host a name
  2. Add a description so you remember the detail
  3. Add the FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) or IP address
  4. Add a tag for us to monitor - this can be a piece of copy, an image or a piece of code

* A fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is the complete domain name for a specific computer, or host, on the internet. The FQDN consists of two parts: the hostname and the domain name. For example, an FQDN for a hypothetical mail server might be mymail.somecompany.com

<RULES>

This is where you decide when an alert or warning should be generated for a failed check

For ease of use all rules are pre-configured but you can edit these easily as follows:

<Add Rule>

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>



When done configuring your rules you can view these from your dashboard where you’ll have the option to then:

  • 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

  • Immediately
  • 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

<TEAM>

This is where you as the admin can manage your monitoring team:

  • Invite users
  • Check status of invite (invited or joined)
  • Make users admin
  • Search for users
  • Delete users
  • See how many team members can still be added in the current plan

<RECIPIENTS>

This is where you as the admin can configure your recipients:

  • View and edit the chosen alert mechanisms from 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

<SETTINGS>

This is were you can

  • Change the password
  • Change timezone
  • Change the 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!)