Server Being Bad? Now You Will Know

James Sentman has updated his server monitoring tool, Whistle Blower, to version 2.1.1. Whistle Blower will periodically test your server to see that it is responding properly, and then either restart the server or automatically send notification if it finds a problem. According to Mr. Sentman:

James Sentman is proud to announce version 2.1.1 of the enterprise server monitoring and restart utility, Whistle Blower.

Whistle Blower regularly connects to your servers to verify that they are online and responding properly. If a server fails to respond Whistle Blower can notify you via local alerts, email or by sending a page. If you are using a Master Switch from APC or a PowerKey from Sophisticated Circuits Whistle Blower can restart the server without any further intervention from you.

Whistle Blower has powerful verification capabilities that can not only make sure that your web server is online, but can also verify the return from CGI scripts and web based databases. With the advanced shift notification you can be sure that the person who is on duty over the weekend is the one who gets the page, while at the same time ignoring the scheduled downtime of the Sunday night reboot. The web based administration allows you to check on or restart your servers from anywhere.

Version 2.1.1 is a maintenance release that is free for all users of any version of Whistle Blower.

  • Fixed a problem that could cause random failures of the Ping server task.
  • The FTP upload the the status page is now done via passive FTP and therefore more reliable with FTP servers that were previously giving errors.
  • Fixed a potential crash on slow or very busy machines.
  • Improved reliability on machines running MacOS prior to 8.5.

Whistle Blower is available for US$90. You can find more information the Whistle Blower web site.