"Features" Posts


Server Up Notifications

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

Scout sends you an email or SMS when your server hasn’t checked in for five minutes.

Today we rolled out server back up notifications as well—once a server goes down, Scout will email you (or SMS, if that’s how you roll) when the server checks in again. We send the “back up” notification within 60 seconds of the server checking in.

You don’t need to change anything to get the server up notifications. To turn notifications on or off, just click the Server Settings button on any server page.

 

Try out the new server view

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

Updated 6/1/10 – The new server view has replaced the previous version. Thanks for your feedback (and feel free to give us more)!

Show me the metrics. That’s the message we’ve heard regarding the state of your servers in the Scout interface. How about trying it out?

A Widget-like view

Each plugin is displayed in a widget box. You can drag-and-drop the plugin widgets on the page to position the most important plugins where they are most visible.

Viewing Alerts

We’ve moved alerts to their own page. Just click the button on the server view to access the activity feed.

What do you think?

I admit it. We’re a puppy craving your attention. Tell us what you think of the new server view. Like it? Hate it? Missing something crucial?

Post a comment on this blog post, send a tweet to @scoutapp, or email us at support@scoutapp.com.

 

Delicious Chart Goodness

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

Following up on saved charts, we’ve got a few more tasty chart features for you:

Chart up to 15 metrics simultaneously

Want a stacked chart of load across your server cluster? Compare Rails response time across 15 app servers? Now you can—we’ve raised the number of metrics you can put on a chart (it was previously limited to six metrics at a time).

Read More →

 

Saved Charts

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

We heard your feedback. You can now save charts in any configuration, and return to saved charts easier. It’s simple:

What can you use saved charts for? Just a few ideas:

You can create any number of saved charts. This feature is available for all account levels.

As always, let us know if you have feedback or suggestions!

 

Plugin Authors: Use Inline Options

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

This info is for Scout plugin authors. The Scout Agent version 5+ supports options inline in the code. If you're not using inline options, you should. Here's an example from the awesome new Redis monitor plugin:

    class RedisMonitor < Scout::Plugin
      OPTIONS = <<-EOS
      client_port:
        name: Port
        notes: Redis port to pass to the client library.
        default: 6379
      client_db:
        name: Database
        notes: Redis database ID to pass to the client library.
        default: 0
      client_password:
        name: Password
        notes: If you're using Redis' password authentication.
      EOS
...

Using inline options makes the plugin easier to test and troubleshoot, since the Scout agent knows about the options and can utilize the defaults in test mode:

$ scout test redis-info.rb 
== Plugin options: 
1. 'client_port' Default: 6379. Redis port to pass to the client library.
2. 'client_password' If you're using Redis' password authentication.
3. 'client_db' Default: 0. Redis database ID to pass to the client library.
== Running plugin with: client_port=6379; client_db=0
....

By the way, if you want to test the plugin with something other than the default values, just include them like so:

$ scout test redis-info.rb client_password=seekret

Finally, if you're thinking about a new plugin for Scout, we'd love to hear about it. We're always happy to get you started or point you in the right direction. Read more on plugin development here.

 

Thanks for your feedback: Faster Graphing

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

We made a small improvement on the graphing interface, thanks to your feedback. It's now a lot faster to select multiple metrics to graph. You can select metrics via checkboxes like so:

As always, if you have an idea for us, visit Scout's UserVoice page.

 

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