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Foglight 5.9.5 - Administration and Configuration Guide

Administering and Configuring Foglight Extending Your Monitoring Reach with Foglight Cartridges Administering Foglight Configure Rules and Metric Calculations to Discover Bottlenecks Customizing Your Foglight Environment with Tooling

Setting up Proxy Configuration

The Foglight Management Server often reside behind a firewall in some production environments, therefore some Foglight functionalities, for example License Entitlement, do not work within these environments. Foglight provides a new Proxy Configuration feature, which enables the Foglight Management Server to connect to QorePortal and collect Foglight usage data through the preconfigured proxy server.

This feature may be disabled by default. To turn it on, click Enable on the Proxy Configuration dashboard. To access this dashboard, from the Administration dashboard, in the Administer Server column, click Proxy.

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On the navigation panel, click Dashboards > Administration, and then click Proxy in the Administer Server column.
NOTE: The Administration dashboard has been updated for this release. If you prefer to continue working with the previous version of the dashboard, click Use 5.6 Administration view. This link is located in the lower right corner of the dashboard.
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The Proxy Configuration dashboard opens with the proxy settings disabled by default.
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In the Proxy Settings Editor dialog box, specify the following fields, as needed:
Proxy Type: the proxy type can be either HTTP or Socks.
Proxy Server Address: input the host name or IP address of the proxy server.
Proxy Port: input the port number of the proxy server.
Credential Required: indicates whether user authentication is required for the proxy server.
Username: input the user name. This field is available only when the Credential Required field is selected.
Password: input the password. This field is available only when the Credential Required field is selected.
Confirm Password: input the password again to confirm. This field is available only when the Credential Required field is selected.
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Click Save. The Foglight Management Server refreshes and changes are saved.
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On the navigation panel, click Dashboards > Administration, and then click Proxy in the Administer Server column.
NOTE: The Administration dashboard has been updated for this release. If you prefer to continue working with the previous version of the dashboard, click Use 5.6 Administration view. This link is located in the lower right corner of the dashboard.
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The Proxy Configuration dashboard opens with the proxy settings disabled by default.
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In the Test Proxy Connection dialog box, input an available URL, as needed.
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Click Test. The Foglight Management Server checks the proxy connection in the background and returns the test result accordingly.

Enabling Automatic Communication with Quest

The Foglight® Management Server can communicate with Foglight to check for important updates and to send usage data to Quest. Enabling this setting also allows usage data to be sent to Quest including visited dashboards, unique ID of Management Server, Server version and configuration details. This information is then displayed on the Automatic Communication with Quest dashboard or can be viewed in a popup by hovering over the Update link on the Administration page.

When this setting is enabled, you will receive messages:

Notifications are sent to users with the Administrator role. By default, this feature is turned on. To turn it off, from the Automatic Communication with Quest dashboard, click Disable next to the Communication with Foglight.com to part. To access the Automatic Communication with Quest dashboard, from the Administration dashboard, in the Support column, click Support Notifications.

The Foglight Management Server also integrates with the Quest QorePortal that enables access to your Foglight installation from any Internet enabled device. Integration with the Quest QorePortal is available for users with the Administrator role and is turned off by default. To turn in on, implement either of the following:

Click Enable under the QorePortal Integration part on the Automatic Communication with Quest dashboard.
Click Yes in the prompted QorePortal Integration dialog box when starting up the Foglight Management Server after installation.

If you need more information about how to set up the connection with this portal or see the Last Connection Status: Connection failed. message under the QorePortal Integration part, refer to Setting up Proxy Configuration .

 

Extending Your Monitoring Reach with Foglight Cartridges

Each Foglight® cartridge contains extensions for monitoring a specific environment, such as applications, operating systems, or database management systems. Cartridges are installed on the server. A cartridge can contain one or more agents that are used to collect data from monitored environments.

The Foglight Management Server includes a set of default cartridges that contain models, views and monitoring policies. In addition to these server-specific cartridges, there are other types of cartridges that are distributed separately from the server. They extend the server’s monitoring capabilities, allowing you to monitor specific types of environments, such as operating systems, processes, databases, applications, hosts, and others. These types of cartridges typically include agent packages, agent adapters, monitoring policies, and dashboards.

A cartridge monitoring policy contains settings that help Foglight analyze the data that the agents collect, such as rules, registry variables, schedules, and derived metrics. The items included in the monitoring policy are specific to each cartridge type. The dashboards included with a cartridge allow the information collected by the agents to be displayed in a unified view.

The Management Server includes the Cartridge Inventory dashboard, which contains controls for installing, enabling, disabling, and uninstalling cartridges, and for viewing information about the installed cartridges. To access this dashboard, from the navigation panel, click Dashboards > Administration > Cartridges > Cartridge Inventory.

Some cartridges include additional components, such as agent installers or additional configuration files. After cartridge installation, these components are available for download from the Foglight Management Server using the Components For Download dashboard. To access this dashboard, from the navigation panel, click Dashboards > Administration. On the Administration dashboard, click Component Download in the Cartridges column.

For more information, see the following topics:

Configuring Foglight Agents for Host Monitoring

Foglight® agents collect data from monitored environments and send it to the Management Server. Each agent type can monitor a specific part of your environment, such as an operating system, application, or server. Foglight cartridges that you install on the server include one or more agent types. Foglight also includes internal agents that monitor Foglight components and services.

Foglight uses the Foglight Agent Manager to communicate with monitored hosts. A server installation includes an embedded Foglight Agent Manager. The embedded Agent Manager starts up and stops with the Foglight Management Server. This embedded instance can be used to monitor the host on which the Management Server is installed. To monitor additional hosts in your environment, most cartridges require an Agent Manager installation on each host computer.

After installing and enabling a cartridge, and downloading remaining cartridge components, deploy its agent package to each host running an Agent Manager that you want to monitor. After deployment, create an agent instance for each monitored host, edit the agent’s properties, and start its data collection. See the Installation and Setup Guide set for information on installing the Agent Manager on the hosts that you want to monitor.

There are two dashboards that allow you to deploy agent packages and create agent instances: Agent Status and Agent Managers. To access the Agent Managers dashboard, from the navigation panel, click Dashboards > Administration > Agents > Agent Managers.

To access the Agent Status dashboard, from the navigation panel, click Dashboards > Administration > Agents > Status.

For more information, see the following topics:

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