It’s the classic question faced by everyone in Information Services. I know how to do this and I could build software to do it, but I’m a lazy b_____d so I’d rather just pick up a piece of software that does it for me. I love working for large companies because I can usually get them to purchase stuff so that I can loll around stuffing my face all day instead of doing actual work. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to pick up Microsoft’s Operations Manager or Idera’s Diagnostic Manager. But you still need to monitor your servers. With buy eliminated, that leaves build.
Which, is where this excellent blog post by Laerte Junior comes in. He lays out how to build a wrapper around calls to get Performan Counter information using PowerShell. It’s a pretty slick and worth a read. Becuase the thing is, when you need to build your monitoring products, you want to use a language that you know. Since everyone is learning Powershell (right?) this provides a good foundation for beginning your monitoring project.
I’m lazy. And frankly, I’m not ashamed to admit it. When a software comes along that can do the work for me, even work I can do just fine on my own, I’m interested. When that software is inexpensive, even better. When it’s free…
I just got word that Confio is putting together a free version of Ignite, their performance monitoring software. It’s basically going to be the current view of performance and not have all the historical tracking and nifty trend reports. Yeah, it’s a tease, but it’s a tease on a product that focuses on monitoring wait states, something you should be doing. Just remember, reference above, I’m lazy.
The thing is, they need some people to help them beta test. Here’s the word I received:
If you would like to participate in the beta test, you can download and get the full copy at www.ignitefree.com .
As a measure of our appreciation, we will send you a $5 Starbucks card once you install and provide feedback at our IgniteFree forum www.ignitefree.com/forum
IgniteFree will be the only free response time based performance tool. It uses the same agentless, low load monitoring technique as Ignite 8. The difference is that IgniteFree is focused on real-time monitoring, showing only the last hour of response time, server resources, query and session statistics. Longer history and advanced features are not included in the freeware.
Do some beta testing on a slick piece of software, help make it better, and get a cup of coffee (I’m assuming that’s all that $5 at Starbucks will get you). What’s not to like?