Advanced Host Monitor
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The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 9.0
Being able to permanently monitor the availability of a server is highly beneficial, even if you aren’t a webmaster or server administrator. Advanced Host Monitor is a powerful tool that will assist you with this task.
With Advanced Host Monitor you will be able to monitor the availability of any server or domain address that you desire. What’s even better is that you can do it continuously or schedule tests to occur even when you are not at the computer.
One of the things that I really like about Advanced Host Monitor is that it allows you to create multiple profiles, each with its own settings and monitored websites. This is great, as it allows multiple users to efficiently share a computer.
Another plus for this application is that it will help you use the trace route function for websites and IP addresses, in order to find out where they originate from and the hops that they go through. Furthermore, the IP Monitor that the program embeds can also come in very handy.
Although Advanced Host Monitor doesn’t have the best graphical interface that you have ever used, you can still find a lot of positive things in this area. For starters, the application can be minimized to the system tray so it won’t get in your way. Moreover, the color scheme is fully customizable, so you can easily adapt the program to your own work style.
Personally, I think that Advanced Host Monitor is an efficient program that you will surely find very useful. This feature-rich application is definitely worth its price.
- Allows you to schedule tests.
- The program can act as an IP monitor.
- Allows you to trace route IPs and web domains.
- Supports the creation of multiple user profiles.
- The throng of buttons may be a bit overwhelming for inexperienced users.
What's new in version 9.9
Tests and actions related improvements
- Drive Free Space test: %DiskFreeSize%, %DiskFreePercent% variables show amount of free space and percentage of free space regardless of test settings (e.g. you may setup test to check amount of free space and use variables to inform admin about amount and percentage of free space)
- Registry test allows you to check registry data using date macro variables and date expressions. Date format depends on system "short date" format;
in addition HostMonitor checks for similar formats. E.g. if short date format = yy/MM/dd, then HostMonitor will translate date specified in one of the following formats: yy/m/d, yy/m/d, yy/mm/d, yy/m/dd, yy/mm/dd, yyyy/m/d, yyyy/m/d, yyyy/mm/d, yyyy/m/dd, yyyy/mm/dd
- %object2% variable can be used for Count Files test method pattern;
it shows file mask used for the test
- HostMonitor records test name and test id when "Send E-Mail" action fails (just like other actions)
HostMonitor and RCC GUI improvements
- added 3 user permissions:
- manage shell scripts
- use Connection Manager
- change its own RCC password
- This way you may allow operator to modify test settings (and script parameters) without allowing him to change script code. Or you may allow operator to modify test settings without allowing him to change Connection Manager records.
- RCC: if "change its own RCC password" permission granted, RCC allows operator to change its own password using menu User -> Change password (note: as before "manage user profiles" permission allows operator to manage all user accounts)
- RCC: disables some menu items depending on user rights
- "User defined variables" window allows fields resize
- Other minor improvements
Web Service improvements
- It works faster, especially when some folders or views include thousands of test items
- Some improvements related to application-service communications
- Web Service forces Internet Explorer to use "edge" mode. Otherwise IE could switch to compatibility mode and does not work correctly
The following issues were resolved
- HostMonitor and RCC: application did not sort floating-point numbers correctly for Shell Script and Text Log test methods when items sorted by Reply field. Fixed
- HostMonitor: if ODBC Query test performed by Active RMA agent, some specific data could trigger "Not tested" test status instead of correct Bad or Ok status. Fixed
- HostMonitor: if Compare Files test performed by RMA agent and "compare time" option is disabled then "compare size" option may not work correctly. Fixed
- HostMonitor and RMA: minor tweaks for Radius test method
- Web Service: fixed some sorting issues
What's new in version 9.0
HostMonitor, RMA for Windows: Trace test offers 6 new variables that provide information about slowest host in the chain and information about last responsive host in the route: %TraceSlowestNode%, %TraceSlowestHost%, %TraceSlowestTime%, %TraceLastNode%, %TraceLastHost%, %TraceLastTime%
HostMonitor: old version could create reports and logs on shared network drives specified by UNC path (e.g. \server\logs\hmlogs\primary.htm) but it could not create new folders on such resources. New version can create folders on local and remote systems
2.The following issues were resolved
HostMonitor, RMA for Windows: if target host name could not be resolved due to DNS related problems, %TraceFull% and %TraceBrief% variables could display route detected by previous (old) test probe. Fixed
HostMonitor, RMA for Windows: NT Event Log test method could work incorrectly in Vista compatibility mode due to some bugs in Windows Vista API (including Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7). Fixed
HostMonitor: minor GUI corrections
What's new in version 8.8
The new version has a lots of improvements including the fact that you may setup Ping test performed by Passive RMA using rma itself string instead of target host name. In such case HostMonitor will check agent status without using backup agent even if such backup agent specified for selected RMA. Earlier such option was implemented for Active RMA, it allows to check status of the agent itself, it has also minor GUI improvements. It also has resolved a series of issues such as :Test History dialog could set incorrect scale for Traffic Monitor test items, if you enable disabled test items with "irregular" schedules, under some conditions HostMonitor could perform 1st check of such tests immediately, regardless of specified schedule,other minor corrections for HostMonitor, RCC and Web Service and much more.
What's new in version 7.2
HostMonitor is a highly scalable network monitoring program suitable for small and enterprise-level networks. It can check any TCP service, ping a host, check a route, monitor Web, FTP, Mail, DNS servers, it creates various log files using different detail levels and file formats (Text, HTML, DBF and ODBC) and the built-in Report Manager allows you to create and customize reports to your liking.