"Features" Posts

Silencing Scout during maintenance

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

While performing infrastructure maintenance, Scout suddenly fires emails to your team members telling them that MySQL, Redis, HAProxy, etc. are down. They are, but it’s planned. You’re forced to respond to a barrage of emails, SMS messages, Skype messages, and guttural screams telling everyone that things are fine. We’ve added a Disable notifications for everyone option to Scout that should suppress these panic attacks:

When selected, all notification emails and SMS messages will not be sent (they’ll still appear in the Scout UI). Once maintenance is complete, simply unselect the checkbox.


Dashboards (for Ultimate Accounts)

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

On of the most common feature requests we get is the ability to place multiple charts on a dashboard page. We’re launching this feature today. It’s currently available for Ultimate accounts only.

What are Dashboards?

  • Multiple Charts: display any number of charts on one page. Arrange and resize the charts by dragging.
  • Plugins, too: want to display detailed information from plugins on one or more servers? Add any number of plugins to your dashboard alongside your charts.
  • External monitor ready: full-page mode gives you maximum real estate, in case you want to put a dashboard on a dedicated external monitor.
  • Auto-refresh: everything on dashboards auto-refreshes every five minutes.

Get started

Ultimate accounts can access Dashboards from the top menu:


As always, we welcome feedback on new features—feel free to drop us an email with your thoughts.


Easier Plugin Development

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

Your voice has been loud and clear: custom Scout plugins were being treated as second class citizens, lacking many of the big wins you receive with plugins from our directory.

We’re all for equal rights at Scout – your custom plugins are now getting fair treatment.

First, update to the latest Scout agent (5.3.3 at this time):

gem install scout

The latest agent adds support for two key features: plugin options and self-service private plugins.

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Server Navigation: filtering, groups, and the keyboard

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

Previously, if you had a large number of monitored servers on Scout it was a minor pain to navigate between them. Now it’s easier: you can filter your servers by name and servers are listed under their assigned group.

You don’t even need a mouse – let your fingers do the walking. Hit the s key to reveal the servers menu. Use up/down arrow keys to navigate between servers. enter takes you to the selected server. esc hides the menu.

It should feel intuitive and a lot like OSX’s Spotlight tool.


Don't want your server named after hostname?

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

If you’re using Scout’s cloud server functionality, you know that new server instances in Scout are named after the machine’s hostname.

In some cases, the hostname isn’t that useful (especially if your servers are on EC2). Now, you can specify a name for the server from the Scout command:

scout --name="Memcached server" KEY ...

... for example, would name the new instance ”Memcached server”. Documentation on naming your server from the scout command is here.

As always, drop us an email if you have any questions!


scout_api gem released: query your time series data

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

When it comes to understanding the health of our infastructure, nothing is more valuable than time series data:

  • How much has our web traffic increased over the past year?
  • How has our average request time changed since adding caching?
  • What’s our peak database query volume this week?

...and I want to view it in different ways:

  • Summarized – A single value
  • Raw – An array of data points
  • Visually – A sparkline chart

I’m happy to announce version 1.0 of the scout_api Ruby gem. scout_api lets you query your time series data stored on Scout in a fun, intuitive way. While it took a while to release this, we think you’ll be happy with the end result.

If you’ve used Rails and ActiveRecord, the code will look very familiar. If you haven’t, I don’t think that will be problem. You’ll see how readable it is below.

Lets cut to the examples.

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