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Lesson: Advanced Availability Monitors

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Want to learn about some of the more advanced monitor types you can use to track simple availability with Uptrends? You’ve come to the right place. In this lesson you’ll learn about DNS, SSL Certificate, and FTP monitoring.

What types of Advanced Availability monitors are there?

In the previous lesson you learned about the four basic types of availability monitors that Uptrends provides, but it is also possible to check advanced services for availability, including DNS, SSL Certificates, and FTP.

  • DNS
    A DNS monitor type monitors your DNS for stability and uptime. By monitoring your DNS, you ensure that your DNS configuration stays as you intended.
  • SSL Certificates
    An SSL Certificate monitor type monitors your SSL Certificates to ensure that they are always available, and have not expired.
  • FTP
    An FTP monitor type monitors your FTP server for uptime and availability.

How to add and configure Advanced Availability monitors

Remember that quiz that we mentioned in the previous lesson? Well here it is – do you remember how to add an Availability Monitoring monitor? Well, this is pretty similar. We believe in you!

  1. Click the + Add Monitor button within the Monitors dropdown in the Main Menu.

  2. Once the page loads, you will be in the Add Monitor configuration screen. The first thing you should do is add your monitor name, and choose your check frequency.

    Note: Your check frequency is the time between the end of one check and the start of the next. Learn more >
  3. Then go ahead and choose your monitor type. Select DNS, SSL Certificate, or FTP from the Type dropdown menu.

  4. This is where it gets a little more dynamic. Each Advanced Availability Monitoring monitor type features different configuration options. Follow the path according to the type you wish to monitor.

    a. Enter your DNS server domain name or IP address into the DNS Server entry box.

    b. Then, select the DNS query type most relevant to your needs.

    You can choose from: A Record, AAAA Record, CNAME Record, MX Record, NS Record, SOA Record, TXT Record, or Root Server.

    c. Now you’ll want to enter the test value into the Test Value field. This is what our monitoring service will test your DNS for. Typically this field contains the domain name you wish to verify.

    d. Finally you will want to enter the result you expect to get from the test in the Expected Result field. For example, for a domain name test (an A Record query), you’d fill in the IP address of your domain name.

    SSL Certificate:
    a. Enter the URL of the domain name that the SSL Certificate is used for, in the URL field.

    b. Fill in your SSL Certificate details in the appropriate fields, including: Common Name, Organization, Organizational Unit, Serial Number, Fingerprint, Issued by Common Name, By Organization, By Organizational Unit, and your Expiration Warning Days.

    Note: This information should be readily available from your SSL Certificate issuer.

    a. Enter the domain name or IP address of your FTP server in the Network Address field.

    b. If the port of your FTP server is different than the default shown, change it to the appropriate port.

  5. Once you are satisfied with the configuration of your new monitor, click on the Save button. You’ve now added your new Advanced Availability monitor!

    Note: You can also explore other monitor settings within the tabs at the top of the Add Monitor screen.
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