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IPSentry is loaded with many features designed for monitoring and alerting of all aspects of your network infrastructure, data, system performance, and environment.

While we can describe the feature set and provide general scenarios for the feature usage, you will ultimately define how that feature is utilized to provide you with the desired results. 

General Features General Features
Outlines a select set of basic IPSentry software features.
 
  Monitoring Features Monitoring Features
The complete list of monitoring capabilities within the IPSentry Network Monitoring Suite
 
  Alerting and Notification Features Alerting and Notification Features
Notification, Alerting, and Action capabilities of IPSentry.
 
  Statistics and Reporting Features Statistics and Reporting Features
While IPSentry monitors, it can gather and store data.  Find out what is stored and how it's used.
 
  Support and Maintenance Support and Maintenance
At RGE, Inc. - Support and maintenance is a feature, not a separate product.  Find out why.
 
  Take the IPSentry Tour Take Feature Tour w/Screen Shots
Step through the various monitoring, alerting, and reporting features of IPSentry
 
     
 
General Features  
Basic Package Bundle
Standard Monitoring Functions
IPSentry General Feature Set

IPSentry provides a rich feature set for usability and performance.  Configuration is performed through a standard windows desktop application maintaining a secure environment for your administrative access.  No open holes for a potential security breach and straight forward Windows application based user interface.

This list represents a basic summary of general features within the IPSentry application and user interface not categorized under the Monitoring, Alerting, and Reporting section..


   
    Basic Package Bundle
 
Runs as a System Service or Desktop Application.
Included in Basic Application Included in Package
Straight forward user interface. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Copy configuration to and from new and existing entries. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Template based configuration options. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
Monitoring schedules and downtime overrides. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Set the order of notification and alert. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Dependency based monitoring to avoid unnecessary alerting. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Monitoring groups with frequency definition and override. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Grouped and ungrouped views for efficient navigation. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Critical and recovery alerting options. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Reversed state alerting and notifications. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  System tray notification of critical items. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Self monitoring capabilities. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Record detailed statistics data to back-end SQL database for custom reporting. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Real time status display and notifications. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Suspend and Resume monitoring of individual items on-demand. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Configuration data stored in central data store within XML files. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Pre-test monitoring configurations before inserting to live monitoring schedule. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Test all monitoring and alerting configurations individually. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  Embedded Backup and restore of configuration data. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
  As always - the Basic Black IPSentry Active Display Console. Included in Basic Application Included in Package
 

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System Requirements  
   
Standard Monitoring Functions

Operating System Requirements
IPSentry has been designed and tested to run on on the following Microsoft Windows 32-bit and 64-bit platforms including.

Windows 7
Windows Server 2008
Windows Vista
Windows Server 2003
Windows XP

Minimum System Requirements

512MB RAM Installed (or O/S Required minimum)
120MB Drive Space
1GHZ or better CPU.
IPSentry utilizes 20 to 60 MB of RAM at run time for moderate quantity of monitoring items (~200 to ~500).

Prerequisites

The installation and operation of IPSentry requires that the following system components be installed on the system on which IPSentry will be installed. The IPSentry installer will attempt to download missing prerequisites from the appropriate web site if they are unavailable.

Internet Explorer 6.0 or later

Microsoft Data Access Components 2.6 SP2 or Higher

Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1

Microsoft JET 4.0

Microsoft MSXML 6

Local Administrator Elevated Credentials
In order to install and run IPSentry successfully, both the installer and IPSentry application must be executed with elevated local admin rights. IPSentry is an administrative application and requires access to local administrative features.




 

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Monitoring Features  
Basic Package Bundle
Network Connectivity
Network Latency and Connectivity

With the basic IPSentry TCP/IP Network monitoring functionality, you can monitor latency via ICMP/Ping and Connectivity to various TCP/IP based servers and services using a Connect/Send/Expect dialogue. 

While the basic Ping monitor is useful for preliminary connectivity testing, many routers and firewalls are now disregarding ping request packets.  This leaves you with a requirement to connect directly to the remote host to validate connectivity.

With this functionality, you can monitor Web pages, web servers, standard TCP ports such as HTTP, FTP, POP3, SMTP, and even custom TCP ports for connectivity as well as proper response.

For example, instead of just pinging your web server or simply connecting to port 80, IPSentry will request the page specified and check the response to ensure that the expected data is being received within the timeframe specified.

IPSentry provides pre-configured Send / Expect settings for 16 different standard TCP ports.
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Drive Space Monitoring
Disk Drive Available Space

With he basic IPSentry Disk Drive Space monitoring feature, you can be alerted when the space available on local and remote disk drives reach your defined low-water mark.

Running low on disk space can cause enough problems - but when disk space completely runs out - the problems can be catastrophic.

Use IPSentry to make sure that unknowingly running out of disk  space is a thing of the past.
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System Services
Windows System Service Monitoring

The IPSentry NT Service Monitoring functionality allows you monitor the running state of critical system services and be alerted should a service stop.

IPSentry can be configured to monitor a single service or sets of services in order to trigger the appropriate action or notification.  Use the built-in Launch Application alerting functionality to issue a start request as an attempt to start the service, or in a last case situation, you can attempt a programmatic shutdown and restart of the remote system using the included shutdown tool.

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Group Monitoring
Back Reference Monitoring

Unique to IPSentry Network Monitor is the Back Reference monitoring functionality allowing you to trigger alerts, notifications, and actions based on the current state of one or more existing entries. (And yes, even on other Back Reference Monitors...)

This functionality alone adds and unprecedented amount of flexibility for alert and notification functionality to the IPSentry application allowing you to replicate alerting functionality, trigger different alerts for multiple device failures, schedule downtime and overrides on alert and notifications.

The flexibility provided here can be the answer to just about any "If I want..." situation.
If I only want UserA alerted Wed/Thu/Fri between 1900 and 2300 but UserB 24/7...
If I want to be alerted only if both networks are not responding...
If I want to be alerted when the CPU is at 100% and memory usage is over 2gb...
If I don't want devices C,D,E in Group 2 monitored if Group1 device A is down...
 - the list goes on - again, as simple or as complex as you like.

Probably one of the easiest monitors to configure is by fare the most powerful in terms of customizing IPSentry alerting and notification to fit your specific needs.
 
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Add-In SDK - Custom Components
Add-In Functionality

IPSentry allows for the incorporation of Add-In components to further extend the functionality of IPSentry to limitless proportions.

All of the additional features included in the IPSentry package bundle are in fact add-in components developed by RGE, Inc. with the definition provided in the IPSentry Add-In SDK Documentation.

This is the feature that allows you to add other features on an as-needed basis as well as develop your own add-in components for proprietary or customized monitoring and alerting functionality.

It's impossible for one company to provide everything that every other company may need, so we do the next best thing.  Provide you with a method of integrating your own features from your development efforts.

The IPSentry Add-In SDK Documentation is freely downloadable in our download area.

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IPSentry HTTP/s Enhanced Web Monitoring

While the basic IPSentry package provides the ability to monitor web servers and make sure that specified content is received, the HTTP/s Enhanced Monitoring add-in allows you to substantially extend this capability with SSL, Secured Logon (Basic Realm & NTLM), Form Data Posting, Redirection, and other enhanced options in order to monitor your web servers using more advanced functionality.

This add-in can evaluate page contents in order to trigger alerts when the content of a page changes either by calculating a base CRC value against the page content or by evaluating the last modified date as sent by the server.

The form posting functionality is ideal for simulating a users actions such as posting form data to the web server or logging into a specific area of your system as well as following redirects.

The HTTP/s Enhanced Web Monitor can also be used as an alerting option allowing you to post data to web servers such as web only paging systems and other web based services that allow form data or a simple URL to be sent. With the introduction of CAPTCHA showing up on many providers web based paging, you will need to contact your mobile service provider to identify a method for bypassing the visual input requirements.

SSL Certificate Monitoring
Included in Version 5.5 and later, this add-in will also monitor SSL certificate properties and alert you when the certificate will expire in a user-defined number of days, if it has expired, if any certificate attribute changes, or if there is an SSL certificate validation error associated with the certificate on the https site.

This add-in is definitely for when you need a little (or a lot) more horsepower in monitoring web servers than a simple GET request at the server.
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Event Log Message Monitoring
IPSentry Event Log Monitoring

The IPSentry Event Log Monitor Add-In provides you with the ability to monitor various event logs such as Application, Security, System, DNS, Active Directory, and etcetera for specific event log entries to which you want to be notified.

When the event information you have selected is detected, the alerts configured in IPSentry can be triggered.

This add-in allows you to specify the event log, event source, event type, and other event specific information to be applied to the filter. The latest release allows you to select how many occurrences of the event must be found within a specified amount of time in order to trigger alerts..

Scan your local and remote event logs for entries too which you want to be alerted day and night.

Event messages like account lockouts, login failures, application errors, system errors, the list goes on. Only you know what events keep popping up in your logs that are a precursor to a failure of one sort or another. We go a step further than just looking for an event.

With the Event Log Monitoring Add-in, you can be alerted to a single event, a specific number of events within a time frame, include and exclude events in the filter, be notified whether the events are or are not found within a time frame. Once the events filter is matched to trigger an alert, the details of the events can be included in your message alerts to let you know what events.
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System Performance
IPSentry Performance Counter Value Monitoring
The IPSentry Performance Counter Monitoring add-in provides you with the ability to evaluate performance counter data values against a user defined threshold to detect values which exceed thresholds, change abruptly, increase or decrease unexpectedly or by more than a defined threshold.

Some uses of the add-in include testing Exchange mail queue sizes for high watermark thresholds or abrupt increases in size of the queue, drive space percentages, CPU utilization, and etc...

This add-in monitors local and remote computers performance data, so you can centralize your alerting, charting, and graphing of values onto the IPSentry machine.

Use of this add-in is generally utilized to test the following aspects of performance data values.
  • The host being monitoring is accepting connections.
  • The counter values are accessible.
    The values are then compared against your filters which may include whether or not:
    • Value is Equal To a specific value
    • Value is Greater than a specified value
    • Value is Less than a specified value
    • Value has Changed
    • Value has Increased
    • Value has Decreased
    • Value is Within a specified range
    • Value has Increased by more than a specified value.
    • Value has Decreased by more than a specified value.
    • Value has Changed by more than a specified value.
Each of the above can be compared for both positive or inverse matches.

If the returned value is out your specified threshold, the configured alerts associated to this entry will be triggered.

The windows performance data is loaded with useful system performance information.

Obviously, we could include just about every valuable counter we can think of and market IPSentry has having hundreds upon hundreds of monitoring types and features.

The fact is, monitoring performance data is just one feature of network monitoring whether you are monitoring CPU, Memory, Disk Space, Exchange Services, SQL Services, AD Processes, Network Services, etc... What objects, counters and instances that you monitor is entirely up to you.
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SNMP Device Monitoring
IPSentry SNMP Device Monitoring and Trap Alerting
The IPSentry SNMP Monitor and Alert add-in provides you with the ability to monitor SNMP compliant devices for management objects for specific value thresholds.

The SNMP add-in allows you to setup multiple filters to be checked during a cycle - if any one of the values queried match the specified alerting filters, the add-in will return an alert state to IPSentry thus causing any scheduled alerts to be triggered.

The add-in component contains a built-in MIB browser, MIB compiler, and SNMP MIB walker allowing you to import vendor specific MIB definitions and perform hierarchical viewing of the devices many values for selection within the given filters.

Use of this add-in is generally utilized to test various aspects of values returned from the queried device and compare to a user-defined threshold. However, the add-in provides additional monitoring functionality as a byproduct of it's usage.

  • Ensure that the Device is responding to SNMP queries
  • Ensure that the object being queried is accessible.
    The values returned are then compared against your filters which may include whether or not:
    • Value is Equal To a specific value.
    • Value is Like a specific value (OCTET STRING)
    • Value Contains a specified value (OCTET STRING)
    • Value is less than a specified value
    • Value has changed
    • Value has increased
    • Value has decreased
    • Value is within a specified range
    • Value has increased by more than a specified value.
    • Value has decreased by more than a specified value.
    • Value has changed by more than a specified value.
Each of the above can be compared for positive or inverse matches.

The SNMP Device and Trap alerting add-in is a dual function add-in component with built-in MIB browser allowing you to walk the MIB on an SNMP device with it's primary focus on the ability to query SNMP compliant devices (V1, V2c, V3) for object values and evaluate them against a user defined filter that ranges from octet matches and contains, to value range thresholds, along with inverse and delta based comparisons.

You can specify the object ID directly if you know it or you can import the MIB definitions, locate the object in the SNMP tree, walk the host and select the object for filtering and alerting.

Within this add-in comes the SNMP trap alerting functionality for use in the IPSentry Add-In Alert area. The IPSentry base application includes an alerting mechanism for add-in components which extends the base functionality considerably. IPSentry can send traps to a trap host as a notification regarding the state of the entry being monitoring along with a descriptive on the reason for the alert allowing you to incorporate monitoring results into your existing SNMP management systems.
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Database Connection and SQL Query Monitoring
 IPSentry Database Connection and Query Monitoring

The IPSentry Database and Query monitoring add-in provides you with the ability to ensure that your databases and database servers are not only available, but can accept and response to query requests

This add-in utilizes your ODBC data sources in order to established the connection with the database or database server and then optionally issue SQL query against the database.

The results of the query can be evaluated for the number of rows returned, the value of a variable assigned in the query, or can be used simply to executed a stored procedure and test the query time.

Use of this add-in is generally utilized to test the following aspects of your database server.
  • Server or Database is accepting connections.
  • Server or Database is accepting logon credentials.
  • The time to connect is within the specified threshold.
  • The server is accepting queries.
  • The returned results are within specification.
  • The time to complete the query is within specification.
The ODBC Database and Connection Monitoring Add-in connects to a database over ODBC and optionally executes a query, and optionally evaluates the results. Notice how many times we mention 'optionally'? There is a reason for that.

The add-in can be used to just test database connections on your network, it can be used to submit an EXEC query that returns no results, and/or it can be used to perform a query that will return row data which can be counted by IPSentry or you can design an SQL query to return a specified value that the add-in can evaluate.

For example, let's say you know there should be 10000 records in a given database at all times, and of those we know that 2000 of them will always contain a specific value in a specific column. We could simply have the add-in perform a basic 'SELECT * from db where column=value' query against the database and evaluate the count as being required to be at least 2000. Now, that can be pretty resource intensive, so we also provide the means to utilize just a SELECT count() option and this information is available in our help documents.

You can also query system table values, status values, all kinds of cool things where a numeric value can be returned and compared to denote failure or success.
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DNS - RADIUS - UDP
 IPSentry DNS/RADIUS/UDP Server Monitoring

The IPSentry DNS/RADIUS/UDP Monitoring add-in provides you with the ability to monitor UDP based systems for proper response values and response timing options.

This add-in includes a UDP Packet builder for both DNS Query and RADIUS Authentication in order to help you build the required packets for monitoring these services.

DNS / Domain Name Server Resolution Monitoring functionality allows you to query a DNS server and perform a query for the A record of a given domain name and evaluate the response to make sure it contains the IP Address expected.

RADIUS Server Monitoring functionality allows you to send a properly formatted Authentication request to a RADIUS server, specify the response (ACK or NAK), and evaluate the response times to ensure that the RADIUS server is responding and authenticating properly.

The UDP packets can be configured using escaped sequence to encode binary data for UDP packet sending and response evaluation.

This add-in is primarily used for DNS Query monitoring and RADIUS Server monitoring since the building of UDP packets is somewhat complex and must contain the exact information required by the receiving host.
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Environmental Condiations
IPSentry IT Environmental Monitoring
The environmental conditions of your data centers, wiring closets, and other areas can have a great impact on the performance and availability of your network systems.

By incorporating our tested and approved environmental modules, sensors and probes in conjunction with the IPSentry, you can make sure that you are alerted to environmental conditions such as Temperature, Wetness, and Humidity levels which may be outside of your desired thresholds.

Don't be left out in the cold while your data-center is overheating. In the best of all worlds, we all have data centers with the best airflow, temperature, and humidity regulation that money can buy. Even in that ideal situation, failures can and do occur. In most cases, it seems that the more money you have in your environmental systems - the more costly the damage will be if things go wrong and stay that way.


Check out our Environmental Monitoring Hardware section at the IPSentry Online Store for additional products, capabilities and availability.
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Mail Transaction Monitoring
IPSentry Mail Transaction Monitoring
While IPSentry provides the ability to test your SMTP and POP servers to ensure connectivity and communications, the Mail Transaction Monitoring add-in goes many steps further.

This added feature will send periodic test messages through your selected email relay server and then periodically check the destination mailbox to ensure that the message has arrived.

If the message is not found within the specified amount of time, configured alerts will be triggered.

This add-in is ideal to ensure that your message queues are not blocked as well as ensuring that the inbound server is accepting messages.

By actually sending and retrieving email messages, this add-in is basically testing the following situations:
  • Connection to mail relay host can be established.
  • Mail server is accepting messages for delivery.
  • Mail server is delivering email.
  • Mailbox server is accepting email.
  • Mailbox is accessible and responding.
  • Mail can actually be retrieved from the mailbox.
  • That the mail is actually being delivered in an acceptable amount of time
    (as configurable in the add-in)
Even when the services are reporting OK and the performance counters show normal, and your network connections are all up and running, for some reason - the mail just stops.

The Mail Transaction Monitor will let you know there is a problem because it spends it's time doing nothing but sending mail and waiting for it to get to the mailbox. You can configure this monitor to be very patient or extremely impatient by setting the timeout threshold as to what timeframe is acceptable for mail to be sent to the specified relay via SMTP or MAPI (Exchange) and then received in the destination mailbox via POP3 or MAPI.

Whether it is your mail queue or your service providers mail queue - if there is an unacceptable delay in delivery, you will be the first to know.
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File and Directory Monitoring
IPSentry File and Directory Monitoring
The IPSentry File and Directory monitoring add-in provides IPSentry with file and directory scanning and monitoring of various aspects of file information such as:
  • File existence
  • File size
  • File modification
  • Folder size
  • File Deletion and Addition
  • Change within time frame
  • Modified and Unmodified file count
  • Modified and Unmodified file size
The add-in can monitor file and directory information on local drives and network shares allowing you to monitor things like user directory sizes, critical folders for file modifications, data integrity issue due to file deletion, changes on active files to detect process activity.

This add-in is ideal for monitoring storage queues, quota limits, file updates, files that must be updated, etc...

Check to make sure log files are being updated at specific intervals and time frames, verify that directories are being cleaned out, queue folders are not growing out of control, and that things are functioning in general with regards to the physical file system.

In some cases, the only way to tell if a process or application is actually doing its job (or has done its job) is detect changes in specific files or folders.

This little tool solves a lot of problems that just can't be solved any other way.
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File Content Scanning
IPSentry File Content Scanning and Monitoring
The IPSentry File Content Monitoring Add-In provides you with the ability to monitor the contents of either an entire file or just the new data written to the end of the file (the tail) for specific data.

You can evaluate the contents using a basic ALL, ANY, or EXACT query capability for one or more query items.

This add-in is ideal for monitoring various log files and detecting certain activities and events. For example, if you have an application that writes out various activity information along with errors generated to a log file, you can configure this add-in to scan all new data written to the file for and occurrence of the error text. If found, then any configured alerts would be generated.

Many configurations that our customers are using include scanning log files for "ERROR" or "Disconnect" type messages, access from specific IP Addresses in web logs, backup completion codes and error codes in backup logs and many other tasks where just a small word or phrase in a log file can mean the difference between a huge problem and no problem at all.
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Mailbox Queue Monitoring
IPSentry Inbound Mail Queue Monitoring

The IPSentry POP Mail Queue Monitoring add-in provides you with the ability to monitor a mailbox for the existence of messages containing specified text and/or to be alerted if email has remained in the mailbox for a specified maximum amount of time.

This add-in is ideal for being alerted to important incoming messages that may require external notification alerts upon arrival as well as checking mailboxes that should be cleared out at specific intervals.  This add-in can verify how long a message has been in the mailbox and alert you if the time has exceeded your specified wait time.

For example, you may provide a high-priority code to an end user for use in emergency email requests. You can then configure this add-in to locate any new messages that might contain this specific code. When a new message arrives, you can configure this entry to perform a paging alert to send a notification to support personnel cell phones for immediate response.

This is a very specialized add-in component used to monitor a POP mailbox and check the mail waiting time and optionally search messages for specific content, then trigger alerts when the specific message has arrived or messages have been in the mailbox for (x) amount of time. The add-in is very handy for identifying priority customer emails, expected contact messages, and other situations where a very specific bit of information in a mail message is worth triggering the alert. While it is not for everybody - we do know that when it required, it is the only thing that does the trick and it's worth every penny.
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Modem Connection
IPSentry Modem Connection Monitoring

Whether you have modem banks or a dialup security status modem, you want to make sure that when a request to negotiation a modem handshake is made, that it succeeds.

The IPSentry Modem Connection add-in is a specialized feature intended for systems requiring dial in modem connections.

This add-in allows you to perform basic dial + handshake modem based tests to ensure that you can establish a modem based connection to the remote modem.

With the basic modem scripting option, you can add simple send/receive functionality after an established connection for more specialized situations where modem based dialogue may be required such as user login functionality.

This functionality is ideal for testing dialup terminal servers and provides with confidence that:
  • Your customers are not receiving BUSY signals.
  • Your customers are not receiving RNA's (Ring No Answer)
  • Your terminal servers are requesting login credentials.
  • Your authentication system is functioning properly.
  • Your Security / Emergency system outbound phone line is available.**
**Today, many security monitoring systems use POTS (or PSTN)  lines to send communicate alert condition regarding fire and theft alerts.  What if the lines are down and the system can't make the call? Enter an inexpensive modem, sitting in auto-answer mode on the same line. For about $400 invested in a Modem, IPSentry, this add-in, and a small UPS to keep the modem powered up for an hour during a power outage, you might just save yourself thousands, millions, or even save a life by making sure the telephone line is always up for the emergency and security systems to dial the outbound alert when a security problem is detected. Dial out on one line, inbound on your security line, and if no connection can be established - there's a problem and you will know about it.

*Always check with your security and emergency systems service provider for their advice and recommendations to determine if this type of activity is compatible with your existing configuration before adding any devices to your emergency outbound lines.
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Network Time Monitoring
IPSentry Network Time Monitor and Synchronize

The IPSentry Network Time Add-In provides you with the ability to ensure that the system on which IPSentry is running maintains a valid date and time when compared with the servers such as the US Naval Observatory utilizing either TIME or NTP protocols.

The add-in can be used as a monitoring-only add-in that will trigger alerts when the clock on the local system is out of sync with the time server by the specified number of seconds (recommended) as well as synchronize the local time to the remote time servers time.

The add-in can also be used as an alert style add-in to synchronize the time after alerts have been generated, or the time can be automatically synchronized during the monitoring cycle.

This add-in comes with a customizable database of time servers for regional selection of NTP and TIME servers.

The IPSentry Network Time monitor will compare the local IPSentry machine time against the defined NTP or TIME server and alert you when the clocks are out of synch. This is very important in a network infrastructure where all of your workstations are setting their time off of another server on the network.

When the IPSentry time monitor triggers an alert, there is a problem with your network time which needs immediate attention. While the add-in does provide the option to synchronize the time based on a failure or at the same time it detects the discrepancy, the design of the add-in is to make you aware that there is a problem.
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MRTG Data Value Monitoring
IPSentry MRTG Counter Data Value Monitoring

The IPSentry MRTG Counter Value Monitoring Add-In provides you with the ability to evaluate and be alerted to the reported values contained in your MRTG html reports.

If you utilize MRTG, you know that the values are critical. These values are contained in the header of the HTML reports.

IPSentry can extract and evaluate these for comparison against high/low thresholds allowing you to be alerted when your defined router throughput values are exceeded.

MRTG (Multi Router Traffic Grapher) is a killer utility for graphing traffic on your routers and this add-in compliments this system by checking the data values contained in the MRTG html reports and alerting you when traffic data exceeds your thresholds.

If you have used MRTG, you know what traffic data is available and why this add-in is so useful. More information available on MRTG is available at there site at http://www.mrtg.com/
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Scripted TCP Connection
IPSentry Scripted TCP/IP Custom Network Monitoring

The IPSentry Scripted TCP/IP Network Monitoring enhances the basic TCP Network monitoring functionality by providing a scripted approach to send and receive requirements over an established TCP/IP connection.

In using the basic TCP Network monitoring functionality provided in the base IPSentry application, you are provided with the ability to connect, send some data and/or expect a specific amount of data. In contrast, when you utilize the Scripted TCP/IP Network Monitor (and alert) add-in, you can extend this to complete an entire session and test all aspects of an RFC compliant or proprietary TCP system.

For example, the basic monitor will connect to an SMTP server and test to see if the appropriate SMTP response is received. With this add-in however, you can actually script out the entire sequence of events that are required to send an email message through the server.

The add-in is also very useful for proprietary TCP implementations which may require non-standards based inputs and outputs, proprietary TCP devices, and any other area where a simple Send and Receive dialogue of TCP is required.

This component can be used as both a monitoring entry as well as an alerting action which means that TCP accessible devices which accept telnet or raw TCP connections to perform certain actions can be access and scripted as an alerting action.

Once again, this is for the power-user adding a lot more power than the basic TCP/IP network monitoring functionality in the IPSentry base application. This add-in expands on the simple Send/Receive functionality required to monitor most TCP connections by allowing a full session dialogue. With this add-in, you can script logins to POP3 servers, send test or heartbeat SMTP messages, login to FTP servers, or virtually any other clear-text top based dialogue over a raw TCP connection. We have included sample scripts to get you started for such items as POP3 login, SMTP test just up to the point of sending, and an FTP login and directory change.
 
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Alert and Notification Features  
Basic Package Bundle
Notification to Cell
Cell Phone Notification via SMS

With text messaging availability on Cells being carried by the vast majority in the IT field, this is the most stable alert mechanism in use during a catastrophic systems failure that we offer.

Through the use of a straight POTS line connected to an inexpensive modem and everything powered through a UPS - you can lose your power, lose your generators, fry your network, but that good ol' POTS line tends to remain active long enough to get out the critical notification.

IPSentry uses the standards based TAP protocol for modem transmission by default. However, due to the diversity of messaging terminal requirements, we have provided various customizable scripts to match many different services and devices, including the use of devices such as USB attached GSM device for sending SMS direct over-the-air.
BTW> Yes - we do support Numeric only beepers...

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Notification to PDA
PDA and Smart Phone Notification via SMS or SMTP

Similar to standard Cell phone notification via SMS, you can incorporate both SMTP and SMS/TAP notifications into the pager configuration providing the best of both worlds.

If the email can't get through, the SMS dialup should be the fallback.

Again within the scope of paging - IPSentry uses the standards based TAP protocol for modem transmission by default. However, due to the diversity of messaging terminal requirements, we have provided various customizable scripts to match many different services and devices, including the use of devices such as USB attached GSM device for sending SMS direct over-the-air.

BTW> Yes - we do support Numeric only beepers...
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Alert Email
Email Notifications via SMTP/MAPI

IPSentry gives you the ability to send notifications via email using SMTP or MAPI (Exchange/Outlook) to one or multiple recipients, either directly through MX lookup, through a configured MAPI profile, or to a specified SMTP relay.

With the ability to specify multiple SMTP relay hosts, IPSentry will attempt delivery of the message to each server specified should the other server fail.
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Alert Audible
Audible Alerting

IPSentry can trigger a notification by either a .wav file to be played or the PC speaker to be beeped for the duration you specify in the alert configuration.

We know by first hand experience that many times, this is the first alert we receive when in close proximity to the system on which IPSentry is running.  It might take a few seconds for our cell to receive the SMS message, but we often times respond to the beeping before the message alert on the cell sounds off.
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Alert Launch External
Launch External Application, Utility or Script

With IPSentry, you can automate command line tasks required to correct some issues, send network broadcasts, kill processes, start reset scripts, and more.

For example, there may be a situation that only a service restart or a computer restart can correct. It's a waste of time to drive in, power down, power up, and go home. Instead, you can have IPSentry launch an external NET START or NET STOP command, or launch our supplied IShutDn which can initiate a shutdown (see the next feature) and restart of a remote system.

If the alerts continue, then it might be time to come in,  in many cases, you will receive a "Recovery" alert letting you know that all systems are 'GO'.
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Alert Shutdown Computer
Included IShutDn - Remote Computer Restart/Shutdown

There are times when only a restart of the remote system will correct a known problem and IPSentry provides the answer.  Within the IPSentry distribution is our IShutDn command line utility to Shutdown or Restart a remote system. 

Use this in conjunction with the Launch External Application alerting to initiate the restart.

Another situation where the Shutdown aspect can save you a great many head-aches is when monitoring environmental conditions.  It is far better to shutdown the systems when temperatures are too high than risk hardware failure.  Simply configure the Launch application alert to trigger the IShutDn when the temperature readings are too high and associate the alert with the IT Environmental Monitoring functionality.
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Alert Syslog
Syslog Notification

Allows you to send a Syslog message to a Syslog server containing textual information. You can also configure the message type (Facility / Priority) for proper action by other utilities that monitor the Syslog.

There just isn't much to be said about a Syslog alert - very simple, very straight forward.  If you want notifications sent to a Syslog server, IPSentry can do it. 
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Alert X10 Power
X10 Remote Power Control

X10 Remote Power Command allows IPSentry to communicate with X10's AC power modules in order to control external power to specified modules. This features comes in handy if you want to drive alert lights, sirens, or even power down or power cycle network devices or peripherals base on the result of a monitored   For more information on the X10 control units, see http://www.x10.com
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Alert Service
IPSentry Service State Controller

The IPSentry Service State Control add-in is an alerting add-in component which allows you to control services on local and remote computers. This add-in component is used to Start, Stop, and Restart services as a pro-active recovery measure based on the result of a monitored entry.

For example, you can configure IPSentry to monitor a service such as W3SVC if you are so inclined. If this service is detected in a state other than Running when monitoring using the basic NT Service Monitoring functionality of IPSentry, you can configure the Service State Controller as an alert action and attempt to Start the service automatically thereby avoiding human interaction.

This add-in can be used in conjunction with any monitoring entry - not just service monitoring. For example, you may have a custom network application that is tested by a simple TCP connection. If the connection cannot be established, you may need to restart various services on the remote system even if the service show that they are running. This add-in can be used in such a case by specifying either Restart options on a set of system services.

Also important is the fact that you can configure a set of services to be started in a specific order thus allowing you to start or restart dependency services as may be required.

The Service State controller add-in is designed to be used as an alerting mechanism for starting, stopping, or restarting windows system services on local and remote systems.

There are many failure scenarios that require nothing more than a restart of a system service to correct the issue and this add-in fits that bill. We actually use it extensively in our production environment to make sure that our backup services are all running. A common and well known problem with some backup systems is that when the service fails - you don't get a backup and you don't find out about it until the backup software notifies you of some ambiguous error caused the backup to fail. We use the IPSentry service monitor to check the service state and if they don't report as running, we use this add-in to stop them in order and start them in order for a clean service startup.
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Alert SNMP Trap
Send SNMP Trap Alert

Within the SNMP Monitoring and Trap Alert add-in is the SNMP trap alerting functionality for use in the IPSentry Add-In Alert area.

The IPSentry base application includes an alerting mechanism for add-in components which extends the base functionality considerably. Use of this add-in allows IPSentry to send SNMP traps to a trap host as part of the notification sequence regarding the state of the entry being monitoring along with a descriptive on the reason for the alert allowing you to incorporate monitoring results into your existing SNMP management systems.

The MIB definition for the IPSentry taps is located in the SNMP Add-In folder with the IPSentry Distribution and is also defined here.
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HTTP Alert
HTTP/s Enhanced Web Alerting

Within the HTTP/s Enhanced Web Monitoring Add-In is contained the ability to perform the same functions as an alerting and notification method.

By utilizing this add-in, IPSentry can actually post information to a web site to trigger a remote action or script by sending a simple GET request to a web site, or to log data to your web site by posting keyword based values over the web.

This add-in can be used to post alert notification fields to cell/SMS provider's "Send Message" sites as yet another option for alert notifications.  Check with your service provider for details on sending messages via web interface without requiring CAPTCHA information design to ensure manual input.
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Scripted TCP Alerting
IPSentry Scripted TCP/IP Custom Network Alerting Action

This component can be used as both a monitoring entry as well as an alerting action which means that TCP accessible devices which accept telnet or raw TCP connections to perform certain actions can be access and scripted as an alerting action.

The IPSentry Scripted TCP/IP Network Monitoring enhances the basic TCP Network monitoring functionality by providing a scripted approach to send and receive requirements over an established TCP/IP connection.

An example of this type of use might be communicating via telnet session to a local device such as a router to perform a soft reset via system command after login by simply defining the host to which you will connect, port number, and then the scripted dialogue of Send/Wait commands.

Once again, this is for the power-user adding a lot more power than the basic TCP/IP network monitoring functionality in the IPSentry base application. This add-in expands on the simple Send/Receive functionality required to monitor most TCP connections by allowing a full session dialogue. With this add-in, you can script logins to POP3 servers, send test or heartbeat SMTP messages, login to FTP servers, or virtually any other clear-text top based dialogue over a raw TCP connection. We have included sample scripts to get you started for such items as POP3 login, SMTP test just up to the point of sending, and an FTP login and directory change.
 
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Reporting and Statistics Features  
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HTML Based Output
Automated Status / Up Time Statistics Output
Configure IPSentry to output status and up time statistics reports automatically.

IPSentry allows the output of selected device information to different report groups for remote viewing of current device status information and up-time statistics for the monitored devices.

Send the data to network locations accessible by your web servers and secure the reports using your internal network security policies.  No need to setup, configure, and maintain multiple security groups in yet another location.
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User defined data graphing 
Customized Graphing Tool 
The IPSentry Graphing Tool allows you to generate graphs of accumulated detail statistics and output in HTML format.

The tool allows you to select specific entries and specific data sets, define sample rates and statistic period for the reports as well as set the graph complexity from simple (fast print) to executive (gradient) type graphs.

Send the data to network locations accessible by your web servers and secure the reports using your internal network security policies.  No need to setup, configure, and maintain multiple security groups in yet another location.
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SQL Database Logging 
Store statistical data to backend SQL database 

By default, IPSentry stores the statistical detail data to an Access database (.mdb) on the local hard-drive.  By utilizing the IPSentry SQL Upsize tool, you can configure IPSentry to output the statistical data to an SQL server allowing the use of external reporting tools and a longer storage history due to size limitations built into MS Access databases.

While the Access database is sufficient for most installations, storing statistical data for long periods of time at short frequency intervals may cause accumulation of data beyond the approximately 30 million data sample limit of the Access database (where it exceed the size limitation imposed by Microsoft).
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Dash Client 
DASH Remote Workstation Client 
The IPSentry DASH Remote Workstation Client can be installed on various workstations to provide real-time access to one or more IPSentry installations status information.

The DASH Remote Workstation Client can provide audible and visual feedback at the workstation regarding changes in device state (Critical to Normal, Normal to Critical, Unable to access, etc..)

You can also suspend and resume entries as well as apply notations to the monitored devices for others to view and which will be available in the HTML Automated output statistics detail for the device.

This is an ideal feature for local and remote support persons that want to know the status of monitored entries 'right now'.
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Support and Maintenance  
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Support and Maintenance
Support and Maintenance
 
RGE, Inc. backs IPSentry with free email and forum support as well as free minor version updates for the life of the major version.  Customers who purchase version 5.0 are freely updating to the most current 5.x version.

While the purpose of minor version updates is normally to correct problems or incompatibilities, the vast majority of our updates also include minor product enhancements and additional features as our customer input is always considered. 

When a major version is released, we will design an upgrade path and discount plan for currently licensed users. 

In a nutshell - when you purchase a license, you get support and you get maintenance and you get upgrade discounts when we release a Major version update.
 

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