Overseer 4.0.11031.01 Released

Posted on October 31st, 2010

This version of Overseer Network Monitor implements a few performance tweaks to application startup and GUI updates. These are mostly under-the-hood changes, but should optimize the speed at which Overseer starts and runs.

Overseer 4.0.11030.00 Released

Posted on October 30th, 2010

This version of Overseer System and Network Monitoring software adds a couple features.

First, we’ve added duplicate filtering for Windows Event Log monitoring. This is a feature that’s been requested by multiple customers. Please be sure to read more about this feature in my blog post about Event Log Duplicate Filtering.

Secondly, we’ve added a notification limiting/quota option. This feature is likely useful if you have a limited number of SMS messages on your phone plan per month, or you’d just generally not like to get a flurry of messages on your phone if something goes down. Limitations can be set per second, per minute, per hour, per day, per week, or per month.

Event Log Duplicate Filtering

Posted on October 30th, 2010

Multiple customers have requested the ability to filter duplicate event log notifications when they’re monitoring Windows Event Logs. At first glance, this may seem like a simple thing, but it’s a little more complex than that.

If you want to enable duplicate event log filtering, you’re going to have to enable this feature on your event log resource(s):

As you can see, you must check the box to prevent duplicates, and then specify a number of minutes as the ‘duplicate’ time window. After this amount of time, if the event is seen again, you’ll get another notification. This is critical, as otherwise you may not get event log entries because you had the same event logged days, weeks, or even months ago.

The second value is the ‘Detection Method’. Windows Event Logs use a source name(such as the name of an application) along with an Event ID. This event ID is a number defined by the source of the event. The last value is the message. This message is usually unique to the specific time an event happens. The event ID usually indicates the type of event happening(i.e. “unable to write to file”), and the message indicates some data specific to that event(i.e. which file cannot be written to). This option lets you control how duplicates are detected.

Overseer 4.0.11024.01 Released

Posted on October 24th, 2010

This version of Overseer Network Monitor includes multiple new features.

First, we’ve added a text file import wizard. This allows you to create multiple resources based on data in a text file. You can import resources forĀ Ping Monitoring, Disk Space monitoring, Windows Service monitoring, and Website monitoring. Be sure to check out this new features under the Tools menu option.

Second, we now have a ‘show current incident’ option under the right click menu for resources in a failure state. Previously, to see what the current problem was with a failing resource, you had to right click->Show History, and double click the most recent incident. This feature provides a shortcut to get to the information faster when your resource is down– so you can solve the issue and get your systems and networking operating again.

Third, Overseer now defaults the group on new resources to the currently selected resource group. This should make manual entry of resources a little easier, as most of the time you should no longer have to change this value from its default.

Fourth, this version fixes a problem with the left hand pane refreshing after making a change to resource groups.

Lastly, a few minor navigational enhancements to the GUI have been made. Things like keyboard shortcuts that you just expect to work(home/end, delete, application context key, etc.).

Overseer 4.0.11020.00 Released

Posted on October 20th, 2010

This version of Overseer Network and System Monitoring Software adds a new feature under the Tools menu. This is a “Backup Wizard” that allows you to easily backup your Overseer database to a specified location. Previous to this, backing up the Overseer database was a manual process requiring stopping Overseer and the Overseer service and copying the SQLite database files to a specific location. This can still be done, but this wizard makes the process a little easier for everyone.

Overseer 4.0.11015.02 Released

Posted on October 15th, 2010

Overseer Network Monitor has supported custom text for notification subjects and bodies for years. A customer recently Emailed us asking if there was any way to specify different custom text for different resources. Unfortunately, Overseer didn’t support this feature– it was just one custom text definition for all resources in Overseer.

Per this customer’s suggestion, we have now added for multiple custom text definitions in Overseer. By default, all resources will be created with your default custom text, but you can specify another one, just as you would specify a different schedule, notification group, or resource group. This feature adds flexibility, but at the same time keeps things simple for those that do not need this added feature.

If you’d like to see a feature in Overseer, please contact us and tell us about it. Overseer is built with features based on customer feedback.