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Monitoring strategy for WWC app
Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. Monitoring strategy for WWC app
  Richard Kaye
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  Jun 10, 2021 @ 07:53am

Hi Rick,

On occasion, some request ends up hanging all current COM instances of my app. When this happens, my active customers are usually pretty quick to let me know something is wrong. I hop on to the handler status page, verify it's not healthy, flip over to file mode, unload all instances and then flip back to COM mode. I'm wondering if there's a better way for me to know something is unhappy and proactively notify me of the problem as opposed to my clients.

TIA

Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: Monitoring strategy for WWC app
  Harvey Mushman
  Richard Kaye
  Jun 10, 2021 @ 08:07am

Great question, yes... Rick created a tool for doing this many years ago. I have used it to monitor my servers and found it to be an invaluable resource. The product is called Web Monitor, here is the link: WebMonitor

It has the ability to send you a message when a site does not respond. It can also be used to run a script to shut down a stuck server and then restart it. You can set time intervals of when to check the status of the site and a lot more.

I thin this is an awesome solution and suggest you try it for yourself.

Best, Harvey

Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: Monitoring strategy for WWC app
  Richard Kaye
  Harvey Mushman
  Jun 10, 2021 @ 08:42am

Thanks for chiming in, Harvey. I thought I had maxed put my West Wind toolkit... Will check into that.

Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: Monitoring strategy for WWC app
  Rick Strahl
  Richard Kaye
  Jun 11, 2021 @ 10:13am

As Jim mentioned, Web Monitor is a good tool for this and I use this myself to let me know of problems with my servers. When servers go down it'll send email and text messages (I use email aliases) and it can let you know when servers go down and come back up.

And - one of the more useful features and one of the main reason I built this for my self so many years ago: You can have it fire an executable or batch file when a server fails. I typically restart the application pool or completely do an IIS Reset when this happens.

It's a really old application, and it runs as a Windows Service with a UI front end, but it simple and it works.

+++ Rick ---

Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: Monitoring strategy for WWC app
  Richard Kaye
  Rick Strahl
  Jun 11, 2021 @ 01:40pm

Simple and works are key features in my book. 😃

I need to take some time and review the various license modes and documentation to figure out the best fit for what I need.

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