Based on feedback I made the following updates to the App Volumes Event Notifier:
- Added Windows Authentication as a option when connecting to the App Volumes SQLDB
- When adding or updating a DB you select either “Windows Authentication” or “SQL Authentication” for the connection.
- Please use domain\username syntax for Windows Authentication connections
- Added a check to see if an instance of the application is already running.
The updated version of the application can be downloaded here: http://goo.gl/bGIMsi
Keep the ideas and suggestions coming. Thanks!
I have been running App Volumes for several weeks now in my home lab and working through a lot of Customer Demos where I am building up and tearing down my App Volumes environment very quickly. I had some times where volumes didn’t mount properly and I had to keep going back to the System Messages section of the App Volumes web interface.
To help with getting more real-time alerting on App Volumes system messages I wrote the App Volumes Event Notifier which is very similar to the Horizon View Event Notifier Fling I wrote (https://labs.vmware.com/flings/horizon-view-event-notifier).
This version is a Beta and doesn’t have many features yet. I will add filtering and ability to send messages in batch in a upcoming release. I wanted to get it out there so others can use and test.
- System running .NET 3.5
- SQL account with access to App Volumes DB
- Place App_Volumes_Event_Notifier.exe and the associated XML configuration file in the same directory.
- Launch the .exe and navigate to settings
- Click “Add DB Server”
- Enter a Friendly Name – in Name
- Enter the SQL server and instance in DB Server (ex: server\instance)
- Enter the DB name in the database field. NOTE: The default DB name for App Volumes is svmanager_production
- Enter the SQL username and PW with access to the App Volumes DB
- Click Save Changes – you can also test connection to the DB at this time.
- You can add additional App Volumes DBs to monitor at this time by following the same process
- There aren’t event types in App Volumes so you don’t need to set anything here
- You can set how many minutes to query in the system messages table
- Click Save Changes
- Enter SMTP server address
- Enter port if not 25
- Enter who to have alerts sent from
- Enter list of users who will receive the alerts (comma separated)
- You can send a test message
- Select if you would like alerts sent via email or not
- Click Save Changes
Running the Application:
- Click “Start” then select the “App Volumes Events” tab to see any current events.
- Click the X at the top right of the form to minimize to the system tray
- The App Volumes Notifier Icon Looks like this:
- The tray icon can be right-clicked or double-clicked to bring the form back up
Stopping and Exiting the Application:
- Click “Stop” to stop processing Events
- Select File | Exit to close the application completely.
The application can be downloaded here: http://goo.gl/bGIMsi
This is a very basic version, and I would appreciate feedback on issues or suggestions. You can send them to me via email: email@example.com or on Twitter: @chrisdhalstead
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Curious on if your working on any future releases for either fling that would permit us to run it as a service? Hoping to be proactive and find a way to be alerted when such failures occur.
I am working towards this, I would like to release a single tool that runs as a service and will alert for multiple products.