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Quick and Easy Installation of GroupWise Monitor

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By Matt Ray

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Posted: 7 Dec 2005
 

Customers want to be able to quickly resolve GroupWise issues and monitor their GroupWise System without having to build a machine specifically for monitoring their GroupWise System. Installing GroupWise Monitoring seems a little overwhelming to them, particularly the web server pieces.

I am always amazed that more people don't know how fast and easy it is to install GroupWise monitoring. When I go onsite to customer environments, one of the first things I do to review their system is crank up GroupWise Monitor on my laptop and see how things look. Of course, if they don't have HTTP enabled on their agents and gateways, I'll need to do that first, but installing GroupWise Monitor is not a complicated process. Nor does it take a long time. The problem is when you run the install of GroupWise Monitor it shows two options that are both checked: GroupWise Monitor Agent and GroupWise Monitor Application.



The "trick" is to uncheck the GroupWise Monitor Application and only install the GroupWise Monitor Agent. When it asks you where you want to install it, choose the default, c:\gwmon, and it should pick up your IP address settings automatically. If it doesn't, go ahead and plug in your local IP Address.



Note the default port of 8200. Remember this, as you'll need to add it to your URL when accessing it. You'll also want to remember this if you want to access it through your firewall and you need to configure port forwarding or Address Translation.

Something else that's cool about the new GroupWise 7 Monitoring is that it now monitors your GroupWise Messaging Agents as well. Also, while I'm on the whole GroupWise 7 topic, did you know that you can use GroupWise 7 Monitor to monitor your GW6.5, 6.0, and even 5.5 EP installations? GroupWise 5.5 EP was the first version to support HTTP. Why would you want to use GW7 Monitor to access older systems? Because GroupWise 7 has a few new features (i.e., monitoring GW Messenger) that weren't available in past versions.



Next, simply pop in the UNC to your GroupWise Domain.




And that's about it. The install takes literally 1-2 minutes. Now all that's left to do is start it up, which you can do at the end of the install.

Once it's up you can then connect to it locally by going to a browser and typing in the URL your IP address and port 8200. For example:

http://localhost:8200
http://192.168.1.22:8200

Note: it may have asked you to put in userid and password for each of your agents. This is the httpuserid and httppassword for each of the agents. If you already set this up for all of your agents and it's the same for each one (which I recommend, of course) then you can bypass this question by adding the following two switches to the properties of the GroupWise Monitor shortcut:

/httpuser-userid
/httppassword-password

When you've arrived at the URL with your browser, you can now see all the agents, their current status, their version information, how long they've been up, whether they're having problems or not, and the list goes on. It's really one of the most powerful tools that a GroupWise Administrator can have in his toolkit.

Here's an idea of what it looks like:



There are plenty of documents out there on what all can be done with GroupWise Monitor. Here's one from Dave Muldoon on how to tweak your GroupWise Monitor HML document.

I just wanted to point out how quick and easy it is to install it if you haven't done so yet.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at mray@gwguru.com.


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