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Lesson: External Server Monitors

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Uptrends is capable of monitoring your website and services for uptime and performance, but it can also monitor your servers externally. In this lesson you will learn about the various types of External Server monitors, and how to configure them.

What types of External Server monitors are there?

  • SMTP
    An SMTP monitor type checks your SMTP mail server for uptime and availability.
  • POP3
    A POP3 monitor type checks your POP3 mail server for uptime and availability.
  • IMAP
    A IMAP monitor type checks your IMAP mail server for uptime and availability.
  • MySQL
    A MySQL monitor type checks your MySQL server for uptime and availability.
  • Microsoft SQL Server
    A Microsoft SQL Server monitor type checks your Microsoft SQL Server for uptime and availability.
  • Ping
    A Ping monitor type checks any IP address reachable outside the firewall for uptime and availability.
  • Connect The Connect monitor type performs a low-level TCP Connect to a specific port.

How to configure and add an External Server monitor

Configuring an external server or network device for monitoring is pretty simple, typically taking just a minute or two to complete. The important thing is to make sure that you have your server domain name or IP address ready to go!

  1. Click the + Add Monitor button within the Monitor 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 SMTP, POP3, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Ping, or Connect from the Type dropdown menu.

  4. After you have selected your probe type, enter your monitor URL into the URL entry box, making sure to include the appropriate domain name or IP address.

    Note: If you are adding an SMTP, POP3, MySQL, or Microsoft SQL Server, make sure that the port number is correct!
  5. Once you are satisfied with the configuration of your new monitor, click on the Save button. You’ve now added your new External Server monitor!

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