12/23 - UPDATE - Scout Agent v5 has exited the BETA phase. If you're already using Scout, upgrade instructions appear when viewing a server at scoutapp.com.
We’ve prepared a BETA release of the Scout Agent that supports SMS notifications and makes creating your own plugins easier. We and a group of beta accounts been running it internally for some time, and now we invite you to try it out.
Get the New Agent
1) Install the Scout agent gem version 5.0.2:
sudo gem install scout
2) Change your crontab entry for Scout so it runs every minute, which is just
* * * * * on Linux. Your current setup is
*/10, or similar.
Dual-tier SMS Alerts (Ultimate Accounts only)
When things go really wrong it’s important you find out quickly. Using Scout’s triggers, you can now specify a separate threshold for SMS alerts. For example, send an email alert if disk capacity is over 70% and an SMS alert if disk capacity is over 90%). Here’s how:
1) Enter your SMS info in the new "notifications" section of Scout:
2) Edit/create a trigger. You’ll see a new option for the SMS threshold:
When the entered threshold is crossed, you’ll receive an SMS alert. SMS alerts are currently available only on Ultimate accounts.
Easier Plugin Creation and Editing
Because the new Agent pings us every minute, it is much more responsive to changes you make in configurations on Scoutapp.com. Any changes you make will be picked up within 60 seconds by the new Agent, regardless of your plan level.
Explicit Checkin Times
When you upgrade to the new Agent, you'll see the "Server Contact" box on your server homepage, providing visual confirmation of most recent and next checkin times:
Get your new Agent here:
sudo gem install
We’d love your feedback on the new Agent and functionality. Leave your comment here or send an email with with any comments.