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ContentsWhat is WebWatch?
What can it do?
Sample Control File
Registration and Licensing Information
Download a copy
What's new in WebWatch
If you run one or more commercial or mission-critical Web sites, WebWatch will save you time, money and stress! It is a Web and FTP site monitor program which will regularly and automatically request pages or directory listings from any sites you like, and take corrective or notification action if any are "down", invalid or can't be contacted. It will also monitor the health of the computer on which it is running itself.
Web and FTP sites are now a critical information tool for many businesses critical to the businesses owning the sites, and to those who provide Web site services.
Unfortunately, the Internet is a complex organism, and prone to failure. Connections get lost, domain names get "mislaid", servers go down and with automated Web sites there are yet more layers which might go wrong.
WebWatch keeps an eye not just on connections (which any ping program can do), but also on the Web servers themselves, and any Web site applications behind them... Above all, it does so in an automated fashion, running the checks every minute, every hour as often as you need.
We encourage you to try WebWatch out by downloading a copy, looking at the help file and sample control file that comes with it and, of course, using it to monitor your own sites!
Here are nine good reasons to use WebWatch:
Using WebWatch, you can of course monitor your own sites, but you can also offer a "Site Watch" service monitoring any mission-critical sites out there. So rather than costing you money, WebWatch actually offers you a new revenue-earning opportunity.
ISPs using WebWatch or a Site Watch service will be able to reassure their clients that "our sites are independently monitored every hour of the day if something goes wrong, we'll know about it and take action." That's an important service offering and a notable competitive edge...
Below is a sample control file (webwatch.ini), which includes comments and examples illustrating how many of the key features work. Far more information is found in the help file included when you download WebWatch.
[Control] ; lines are ignored if they start with a semi-colon like this one, ; or from the semi-colon on on lines like those following ; General controls and test mode settings SkipHttp=No ; Yes==>don't do HTTP requests SkipFTP=No ; Yes==> don't do FTP requests SkipEmail=Yes ; Yes==>don't do Email transmissions, ;change to "No" when the Mailhost and address are correct SkipPager=Yes ; Yes==>don't send Pager messages ;change to "No" when you are ready to go live. VerboseFTP=No LogToFile=Yes ; Record problems in WebWatch.Log as well as display Frequency = 1 ; One minute between each set of URL tests ; (can customize for each URL), could also have been specified as 60s DaysBetweenMasterReports=1 ;Only Changeable for Registered versions, 0 = disabled AlarmSound=ringin.wav ; If not defined, uses Windows "exclamation" MaxError=1 ; Take error action after the FIRST error ; Overall Email setup details MailFrom=WebWatch@yoursite.com ; origin for emails sent from the site MasterEmail=you@yourDomain.com ; For URLS with no Email1 defined (see below) FaxEmailemail@example.com ; For faxing error reports via Faxmail service... MailHost=smtp.yourisp.com MailPort=25 ;default usually you shouldn't have to change this MessageSubjectLine=!!!SPIS WebWatch problem report from ^!!! ReportMessageSubjectLine=SPIS WebWatch summary from ^ EmailFallBack=Pager1 ; if email fails, default is TurboNote ; All-important proxy information (if you are using a firewall or proxy server) Proxy=MyProxy:80 ; A proxy server that all http requests will be sent through ;ProxyAuthName= ; only include this if it is required... ;ProxyAuthPassword= ; ditto ; Overall FTP setup details FTPProxy=MyProxy:21 FTPProxyType=Open ; default=User FTPPassiveMode=No ; Set to Yes if there are problems getting dir listings ; Overall TurboNote setup details MasterTurboNote=Peter ; the default recipient of any TurboNotes sent by Webwatch TurboNotePath=c:\Program Files\TurboNote\tbnote.exe ; that's the default actually ;Overall Pager setup details. PagerPort=COM2 ;where is the modem we dial the pager with? ModemInitString='AT&F0&K0&I0&M0B1M0&N0M1L1~ATE0V1S7=30~' ModemDialString=atdt ;this is the default, so you don't really need to specify it ; Set default actions to take if none is specified DefaultAction=Email1,MajorError1 ; This is the default anyway... ReportAction=Email1 ; Where to send each Site report ; Error handling controls TimeOut=60s ; 60 seconds (page requests, FTP logons, etc) MaxError=3 ; Allow 3 regular errors before an ErrorN is triggered MaxMajorError=2 ; Allow 2 MajorErrors before a MajorErrorN is triggered ClearMajorErrorsOnGoodPageFetch=Yes ; so temporary glitches don't accumulate ; That's the end of the [Control] section ; Below we define header information for faxmailed responses [FAX] 1=SENDER-ID: steve 2=CHARGE-CODE: Just a charge code 3=FAX: (03) 356-3342 4=REPORT-TO: firstname.lastname@example.org 5=REPORT-TYPE: NONE 6=password 7=END: ; Below we define the URLs we want to check, AND their sequence. ; Note that this sequence of URLS *could* be used to automate some ; kind of on-site operation which was set up to be URL-controlled. ; If so, you'd use WebWatch's command-line script override option ; to run a script composed for that purpose, ; e.g. WebWatch UPDATE_SITE.INI ; (it would have a Frequency of 0 for a one-off operation then exit) [URLS] SPIS=http://webcentre.co.nz ; watch our home page FTPExample=ftp://anonymous()@spis.co.nz/spis ; our FTP server, see below TurboNote=http://TurboNote.com/TNPLUSINTRO ; watch this page DriveC=C:,500 ; warn if less than 500MB free on WebWatch machine's C drive WatchMailDir=c:\email-queue\*.001 ; Check counts/ages of these files WatchSignalFile=c:\signals\fatalerror?.ini ; watch for this (single) file WatchMemory=40 ; error if < 40MB Physical memory available ; Here are default overrides for the SPIS checks (which just looks at ; the home page of our site): [SPIS] Email1=you@yourDomain.com ; default person to send warning emails Email2=webmaster@ISP.com ; Email2..9 can be defined and used for specific kinds of errors NoConnectAction=Email2,Alarm ; Beep and email your ISP UnknownErrorAction=Email2,Alarm ; As above BadURLAction=Email1,Alarm ; Tell you (that's the default behaviour actually) proxy=none ;over-ride the Proxy declaration in the [Control] section ; Here are default overrides for the TurboNote Site checks: [TurboNote] Email1=you@yourDomain.com IgnorePeriodStart1=5:30 ; Don't check in this period (scheduled downtime) IgnorePeriodDuration1=5 ; minutes (max nine such periods can be specified) Program1=NOTEPAD.EXE ; this could be a pager program, for example SendURL1=http://TurboNote.com/cgi/RebootMe.bat ; if it can connect, that is! Fax1=03 384-5138 Match1=/TurboNote+ ; If the word TurboNote+ is NOT found on the page, then... MatchAction1=Program1,SendURL1,Fax1,Alarm,Pager2 ; do all this, see below for Pager2 TimeoutAction=Email1,Alarm NoConnectAction=Program1,Email1,Alarm,pager1 UnknownErrorAction=Program1,Email1,Alarm [FTPExample] Email2email@example.com ; Email2..9 can be defined and used for specific kinds of errors MaxFiles=99 MinFiles=0 MaxFileAge=100h ; defaults to mins MaxFileSize=20000000 ; bytes, error if larger than this MonitorDirectory1=*.exe ; look at the EXEs in the default FTP dir FileCheck1=Email2 ; email them if age/size/count are wrong MonitorDirectory2=/secret/*.zip ; look at zip files in /secret FileCheck2=Email1,Alarm ; and do this if they fail size/count/age checks NoConnectAction=Email2 TimeoutAction=Email3 [WatchSignalFile] MinFiles=0 MaxFiles=0 ; This basically says: if file c:\signals\fatalerror?.ini EXISTS, it's an error! [WatchMailDir] MaxFiles=50 ; If we get to more than 50 such files, there's a problem MinFiles=0 MaxFileAge=5h ; defaults to mins MaxFileSize=2000 ; bytes! AllowTemporaryFileLimitBreak=True ; so temp conditions don't worry us, but trends do TurboNote1=Joe "message here boss ; What message to send, to whom FileCheckError=TurboNote1 ; Send via TurboNote ; Define the Pagers to call. [PAGER1] ACTION=BEEPER PagerPhoneNumber=555-12345689 ;required Delay=10 ;seconds, required, recommend at least 10 DigitsToSend=101**1234567 ;required [PAGER2] Action=SendAlphaPage ;another possible action baud=2400 ;default 300 PagerPhoneNumber=555-12345678 ;the service number of the Pager service PagerID=244233 ;obvious enough MaxCharPerBlock=40 ;Characters per line of your page defined by your pager service message=Webwatch problem: Check your email for details DebugFile=Pager2.bug ;only works for sendAlphaPage. Provides a file to help with pager problems ; And that's it!
Registration entitles you to:
To register WebWatch, download the latest version from this site, and see the Registration topic in the Help file there's a handy form there you can use.
Go ahead and download WebWatch V5.3, unzip it into any directory, and see the help file for information on getting started. Here is the link:
WebWatch 5.3, including help file and examples (647K)
A detailed list of improvements is in the new help file. If you are an existing user, you'll find that this version is fully compatible with the control files from previous versions, so upgrade the program and help while keeping your existing control file, then check out the new features in the help!
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