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Website Monitoring

Overview
Details
Monitor websites to detect downtime and performance problems. This app uses a modular input that can be setup easily (in 5 minutes or less).

Features

  • Uptime Calculation: the Status History dashboard provides information about past failures and calculates the website's uptime percentage
  • Status Monitoring Dashboard: provides the response time for your monitored websites and provides a historical analysis of the site's responsiveness
  • Email Outage Alerting: get an emailed alert when your website is down (responds too slowly or is returning an error)
  • Change History Dashboard: provides information regarding when the monitored pages changed

Configuration

Initial setup

Once you install the app, it will ask you to set it up on the app configuration page. The setup only contains options related to configuring a proxy server. If no proxy server is used, you can just press save.

Creating an input

You will need to create an input to define the websites that you would like to monitor. You can setup a new input using Splunk's manager at Settings » Data Inputs » Website Availability Check. The input is straightforward. You can ignore the "Configuration" parameter unless you want to use different proxy servers for different inputs.

FAQs

See the links below for answers to frequently asked questions:

What kind of response time from my website should I expect?"

I configured an input but it isn't working, how do I debug it?

How do I use different proxies for different inputs?

How do I allow non-admins to make new website monitoring inputs?
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More Information

This project is open source. See GitHub for the source or LukeMurphey.net for more information.

Release Notes

Version 2.7.3
Nov. 9, 2018

Fixed issue where only the first 30 passwords could be accessed

Version 2.7.2
Nov. 9, 2018

1) Fixed issue where timeouts where not detected as unavailability
2) Fixed issue where the executive summary page didn't use the failure definition macro

Version 2.7.1
Aug. 14, 2018

1) Fixed issue where the did not work when using the developer license of Splunk
2) Fixed issue where NTLM log message did not work

Version 2.7.0
April 6, 2018

1) Added an Executive Summary dashboard
2) You can no longer make inputs on an SHC (since they need to be on a forwarder)
3) Inputs on an SHC environment no longer run unless on the SHC captain
4) Fixed the drilldown from "Status Overview" to "Status History" which failed to carry over some arguments
5) Apps should now be self-installable on Splunk Cloud

Version 2.6.2
Nov. 28, 2017

Connection failures now include a lot more detail which makes debugging easier

Version 2.6.1
Oct. 21, 2017

1)Fixed issue where the alert search didn't provide information on some outages
2) Fixed Status Overview dashboard which didn't include all errors when "Include only failures" was selected

Version 2.6
Oct. 4, 2017

1) Fixed issue where the macro for a definition of a failure wouldn't match the friendly name in UI
2) Made REST calls more resilient to transient Splunkd connection errors
3) Added the ability to define the indexes to search by default (see the macro "website_monitoring_search_index")

Version 2.5
Aug. 22, 2017

Added the ability to alert when the response of a web-page doesn't include particular content

Version 2.4.1
Aug. 4, 2017

Disabled the use of a proxy on Splunk Cloud since this is unnecessary on Cloud

Version 2.4
July 10, 2017

Updated so that the app can be certification for Splunk Cloud

Version 2.3
July 1, 2017

1) Added improved setup page
2) Passwords are now stored using Splunk's secure storage

Version 2.2
May 4, 2017

1) Added ability to modify what is considered a failure (response time threshold and response codes)
2) Fixed issue preventing message from didn't appearing on the Status Overview page noting no inputs exist
3) Improved compatibility with Splunk 6.6

Version 2.1.1
April 13, 2017

Fixed btool error due to "thread_limit" not being defined in the spec file

Version 2.1
April 12, 2017

1) Number of executing threads can now be customized
2) Connection failure log messages now include the related URL
3) Status Overview now groups by source not url so that separate results can be shown when using the app to monitor the same URL but with different proxy servers

Version 2.0.2
Feb. 15, 2017

Fixed issue where the link to the configuration page was wrong

Version 2.0.1
Jan. 15, 2017

1) App now supports running on hosts in FIPS mode
2) Added better support for NTLM authentication
3) Fixed issue where users with power user + edit_modinput_web_ping + list_inputs still couldn't make inputs
4) Styling enhancements to the Status Overview dashboard (font icons, cell background colors, etc.)
5) Added the search views to the nav

Version 2.0
Oct. 31, 2016

1) Input now uses a multi-threaded model supporting a vastly higher number of inputs
2) Added health monitoring dashboards
3) Updated the Status History dashboard with new single value widgets
4) UI improvements to the Status Overview dashboard
5) Several bug fixes (see README for details)

Version 1.6.3
Oct. 1, 2016

Fixed issue where batch created inputs were made in the search app as opposed to the Website Monitoring app

Version 1.6.2
Sept. 22, 2016

* Message indicating that authentication method could not be determined is now a warning.
* Splunkd connection exceptions are more gracefully handled when attempting to determine proxy configuration
* Fixed issue where the message indicating that no inputs existed could sometimes be shown more than once
* Fixed issue where the message indicating that no inputs existed would show when inputs did exist (on other hosts)

Version 1.6.1
Sept. 5, 2016

* Fixed issue where the input could fail when attempting to determine the authentication type
* Made input more resilient to errors (restarts upon errors)

Version 1.6
July 29, 2016

Added page to create multiple inputs (batch creation)

Version 1.5.1
July 8, 2016

* Updated connection error message to make it more clear how to troubleshoot the problem
* Eliminating error message regarding InsecureRequestWarning
* Fixed error that can happen when attempting to determine authentication type

Version 1.5.0
May 11, 2016

Added ability to set the user-agent

Version 1.4.0
Dec. 18, 2015

* Adding HTTP authentication support
* Added input UI

Version 1.3.2
Nov. 14, 2015

Disabling server SSL certificate verification which is incorrectly failing on valid certificates at times

Version 1.3
Nov. 11, 2015

* Added support for Server Name Indication (SNI); only works on Splunk installs with Python 2.7.9+ * Added support for client SSL certificate authentication |
* Fixed issue where multiple log entries were being created for the same event

Version 1.3.1
Nov. 11, 2015

Added more rows to the list of items on the Status Overview dashboard

Version 1.2.1
July 29, 2015

Added capability "edit_modinput_web_ping" to admin and power users so that they can make the input be default

Version 1.2.0
July 21, 2015

Added capability "edit_modinput_web_ping" which can be assigned to allow non-admins to make inputs

Version 1.1.3
July 20, 2015

* Fixed reference to Insteon app code

Version 1.1.2
July 8, 2015

* The dialog that tells users how to setup an input is now hidden if an input exists
* Failure to load checkpoint data due to corruption is now handled more gracefully

Version 1.1.1
May 5, 2015

* Fixed issue where proxy servers with underscores were not allowed
* Website monitoring REST handler logs are now source-typed correctly

Version 1.1
Feb. 11, 2015

Added ability to filter out disabled or removed inputs from the status overview dashboard

Version 1.0.5
Jan. 12, 2015

* Fixed issue where inputs might not have worked correctly
* Enhanced logging for when interval gap is too large and when checkpoint file could not be found

Version 1.0.4
Jan. 9, 2015

* Fixed issue where setting the host field on the config page did not cause it to be included in the events
* Fixed issue where the input would not stay on the interval because it included processing time in the interval
* Fixed issue where the modular input logs were not sourcetyped correctly

Version 1.0.3
Nov. 10, 2014

* Updated icon (for Splunk 6.2)
* Fixed issue where setting and then clearing the sourcetype or index caused an error

Version 1.0.2
June 11, 2014

Status overview page now automatically starts the search

Version 1.0.1
April 17, 2014

Fixed issue where the proxy configuration option was set as required on the modular input screen but is optional

Version 1.0
April 2, 2014

* Added support for using multiple proxy servers (see http://goo.gl/8pa8Wv)
* Added logging of the proxy server used when the ping was performed
* Fixed issue where the titles of ping requests contained spaces were not shown in the interface correctly

Version 0.9
Nov. 7, 2013

* Added support for custom root endpoints
* Fixed issue where the searches defaulted to searching all-time
* Added site changes dashboard

Version 0.8
Oct. 25, 2013

Added support for using a proxy server
Updated the app to work better on Splunk 6.0

Version 0.7
June 27, 2013

* Added availability calculation to the status history dashboard

Version 0.6
April 25, 2013

* Added a dashboard to show the history of a monitored site
* Added highlighting of high response times in red on the main overview dashboard
* Fixed issues where the modular input failed to validate parameters correctly and log error messages

Version 0.5
April 11, 2013

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