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Enterprise Dashboard

With FusionReactor Enterprise Edition, you have the ability to monitor more than one server instances easily with the use of the Enterprise Dashboard. Any FusionReactor Enterprise Edition installation is able to report the state of the server remotely to any other FusionReactor Enterprise Edition server.

The Enterprise Dashboard lets you track the state of installations on one or more servers from a single Window. You immediately see the state of memory, CPU, DB load and average request time, in an easy to read graphical dashboard display.

Using the Ephemeral Data Service you also have the ability to proxy the FusionReactor user interface, allowing you to access the local FusionReactor instance without having an exposed port.

Full Enterprise Dashboard

Once you have your machines set up, go to the Dashboard. The default view when bringing up the Enterprise Dashboard is to show all groups along with any servers which are currently ungrouped.

Servers and Groups

The Enterprise Dashboard contains either grouped or ungrouped instances of FusionReactor. These instances can be from any Server with FusionReactor installed, providing the instances have an active Trial, Enterprise, Developer or Ultimate license.

Group information

Enterprise Dashboard Group Metircs

The group information pane shows you how many servers are within this group as well as showing statistics for all grouped servers. These statistics are:

Name Description
Group Size This shows the number of servers within this group.
Request Count This shows you how many requests are running on all grouped servers along with the total number of requests which have been run.
Recent Slow Pages This shows how many requests within the last 60 seconds have run longer than the Slow Page Threshold value.
Average Request Time This is the average request time for all grouped servers for the last 60 seconds, and for the complete history size.
Average DB Time This is the average time spent on database operations for all grouped servers.
Average Memory This is the average used and total allocated memory for all grouped servers.

Additionally, you will see two graphs (Average Used Memory and Average Request Count.) These graphs show the same information displayed in the statistics section but they are presented visually for ease of use.

Server Information

Enterprise Dashboard Group Metircs

The server information pane shows you various statistics about your selected server. Statistics which are listed with blue titles are links. Click on one of these titles to be taken to a more detailed page within the instance of FusionReactor running on that server. If a server is currently having problems then the appropriate statistic will be highlighted to indicate where the problem is. The displayed statistics are:

Name Description
FusionReactor Instance This is the full ID of the instance of FusionReactor running on this server.
License This shows the type of FusionReactor license running on this server.
Activation Status This shows you if the license on this machine has been activated or not.

Crash Protection (Page Aborts)

Name Description
Request Quantity This shows the number of pages which triggered Crash Protection due to request quantity in the last 60 seconds and in total.
Runtime Timeout This shows the number of pages which triggered Crash Protection due to runtime timeout in the last 60 seconds and in total.
Low Memory This shows the number of pages which triggered Crash Protection due to low memory in the last 60 seconds and in total.

Overview

Name Description
Server Uptime This shows how long this server has been up.
Current Request Count This is the number of requests currently running on this server.
Total Request Count This is the total number of requests which have run on this server.
Average Request Time This shows the average request time on this server over the last 60 seconds, and for the complete duration of it's request history.
Used Memory This is the amount of memory currently used by this server (not the amount currently allocated).
Allocated Memory This is the amount of memory that has been allocated to the server.
Maximum Memory This is the total memory that the server has.
Average Instance CPU This shows the amount of CPU time used by this instance since the last CPU value was measured. It is expressed as a percentage of the total CPU time (across all CPU cores) that was available during that period.
Average DB Time This shows the amount of time spent on database operations on this server.
Queue Size This is the number of requests currently queued due to Crash Protection.

Recent

Name Description
Recent Slow Pages This shows how many requests within the last 60 seconds have run longer than the Slow Page Threshold value.
Notifications This shows the total and number of unread notifications on the server.

Additionally, you will see seven graphs (Req Activity, Av Request Time, Req Count, JDBC Activity, JDBC Time, Memory and CPU). These graphs show the same information displayed in the statistics section but they are presented visually for ease of use. All graphs (except Req Count) have an arrow on the top right of them. Clicking this will take you to a more detailed graph with additional functionality (time lines) within the instance of FusionReactor which is running on this server.

Manage Servers

Add a new server

When you access FRAM, navigate to the Manage server. See screenshot below.

From this screen you can add new servers to the Enterprise Dashboard or manage existing servers.

The form to add a new server has the following fields:

Name This is the name which will appear in the Enterprise Dashboard under your server icon.
URL This is the location of FusionReactor on the target server. An example URL will look something like this: http://127.0.0.1:8088/fusionreactor
Password This is the password of FusionReactor on the target server.
Script If you specify the path to a script on your server then it will be called when the server goes down or comes up. See the script section below for more information or check out Manage Servers
Status You can choose if this new server is online or offline. An online server will collect statistics and display them in the Enterprise Dashboard and if there are any problems then you will see warnings.
If a machine is offline then no information will be gathered and the icon will be displayed in gray. If you are adding a server which is currently turned off then you should set it's status to offline.
You can change it's status later by returning to the Manage Servers page (clicking the green button) or by clicking the status button (top right hand corner of a server icon) directly within the Enterprise Dashboard.
Groups If you have any groups set up then they will be listed here. Simply select which groups you want this new server to appear within. You can add new groups at any time from the Manage Servers page.

Once you click Add Server your new server will be listed at the bottom of the page ( Current Servers ) along with its current connect status. See screenshot below.

Add an External Server in the Enterprise Dashboard

This section, will provide a simple example of adding an external FusionReactor instance in the Enterprise Dashboard. For this example, an Amazon EC2 instance was used.

Navigate to the Manage Servers tab and add all the details of the external server as described in the section above. See screenshot below.

From the screenshot above, we can see that the Status code of the FusionReactor instance with name "tomcat8_External_Server" is set to "OK". That means, that you should be able to access the FusionReactor instance externally.

The next step is to access the Enterprise Dashboard. In the Enterprise Dashboard you should be able to see the new FusionReactor instance. See screenshot below.

Now, you are able to monitor the external server with FusionReactor.

Managing Existing Servers

Below the Add Server form you will see a list of all servers currently available in the Enterprise Dashboard.

Each server has three buttons next to it:

Delete Clicking on this button will remove the server from this Enterprise Dashboard.
Edit Clicking on this icon will take you to the Modify Server page. From this page you can change any of the information which is listed above.
Test Clicking on this icon will check the connect status for a server. The screen will be refreshed and you will see a message telling you if there were any problems trying to access FusionReactor on this server.

Clicking on the URL for any server in the Existing Servers list will take you directly to the instance of FusionReactor which is running on that server.

Shutdown / Startup Script

The script file which you can associate with a server will get called whenever that server goes down or comes back up again. It takes 5 parameters, they are:

Status This parameter will have the value "DOWN" or "UP which correlates to the status of the server.
InstanceName This is the instance name of the server in question (as defined on the Manage Servers page.)
InstanceIP This is the IP address of the server in question.
PID The Process ID of the Server. You could use this in order to terminate a server which had stopped responding. (If the PID is unknown then a value of -1 will be passed.)
LastSeen (ms) This is the last time (expressed in milliseconds) that the server was last successfully contacted.

Manage Groups

Add a Group

The process of creating a group is very simple. First, you need to navigate through the Manage Groups page. See screenshot below.

When you access the page, you will see the following fields.

Name This is the name of your new group which will appear in the Enterprise Dashboard and on the Manager Servers screen.
Servers If you have any servers currently set up then they will be listed here. Simply select which servers should be added to your new group.

When the new group has been created, you will be able to see that under the Current Server Groups area. See screenshot below.

Manage Existing Groups

Each group has two buttons next to it:

Edit Click this button to change a group name or to change the servers which are currently a part of this group.
Delete Clicking on this button will prompt you if you are sure. OK the dialog box to delete the group and refresh the page.

See the new group in the Enterprise Dashboard

After the creation of the group, you can access the Enterprise Dashboard and see that a new group has been created. See screenshot below.

Ephemeral Data Service

The Ephemeral Data Service provides Enterprise Dashboard services to containerized (dockers) or otherwise short-lived FusionReactor instances by allowing them to auto-register with the dashboard, and providing a tunnel to access their user interfaces.

You can use the Ephemeral Data Service to get instant insight into your fleet of containers. It is possible to mix Ephemeral instances and traditionally-configured instances in the same dashboard, and you can group them together or separately.

When an instance registers to the Enterprise Dashboard, it establishes an SSL secure channel to FRAM. This tunnel is used to get metric data and as a proxy for web requests. This means that FusionReactor instances within your containerized overlay network – which were previously opaque and unavailable to you – can now be accessed directly from the Enterprise Dashboard. All the functionality of FusionReactor's user interface is available.

To configure the Ephemeral Data Service you can follow Automatically registering FusionReactor instances to the dashboard.

Note

With the Ephemeral Data Service, if an instance becomes unresponsive or goes offline, it is not possible to receive an alert as the instance unregisters from the dashboard automatically.

Adding Servers to the Enterprise Dashboard

To add instance of FusionReactor to the Enterprise Dashboard, you can either manually add the servers or use the Ephemeral Data Service to automatically register instances when they start.

Manually adding instances

You can Manually add a server in the Manager Servers page of the Enterprise Dashboard. You can also specify to add servers to the FRAM Enterprise Dashboard if you use Instance Manager to install the instance and specify the 'Add to FRAM Enterprise Dashboard' option

Automatically adding instances

To automatically register instances to the Enterprise Dashboard, you can follow Automatically registering FusionReactor instances to the dashboard.

Restart or connection issue alerts

Instances that were manually added to the Enterprise Dashboard will be actively monitored and generate alerts if an instance restarts or becomes unresponsive.

These alerts come in the form of notifications in FusionReactor or through an email alert.

Instance unavailable alert

Note

In order to receive email notification you will need to configure the email settings in FusionReactor.

Enterprise Scripting

FusionReactor (Enterprise / Ultimate Edition) can trigger a script when a server becomes unresponsive, and when it becomes responsive again. This mechanism might allow you to pro-actively attempt to restart a failed server or instance, integrate FusionReactor into an existing monitoring environment or provide custom logging or reporting. Any program which is runnable on your FusionReactor monitoring system may be used an Enterprise Script target.

On Unix and Unix-based systems, this includes everything you can start from a command line, for instance:

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Binary programs
Shell scripts (including Bash, Ruby, Python and Perl)
Java programs (when launched from an appropriate shell script)

On Windows systems, anything that is runnable as a binary, or can be run from the command prompt, for instance:

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Batch files

How are the scripts run?

FusionReactor runs these scripts by spawning them using Java system commands. The scripts will be run in the context of the user under commands. The scripts will be run in the context of the user under which your application server runs. This user must have at least read + execute access to these scripts. Any files or other executables called by the script must also be accessible by this user.

The script will be run with the current working directory (CWD) of the application server. Because of the variety of platforms available, this may be unpredictable. Any scripts you write should therefore not use the current directory notation (usually a single dot) to address files. If you plan to access files within the script, their paths should be specified completely.

Script Arguments

FusionReactor supplies several command-line arguments to the script.  These arguments may be used by the script to perform logging or restart operations.  The supplied arguments are (in order):

Argument Description
UP or DOWN Reflecting the instance status.
instance name As registered in the Manage Servers screen.
IP Address As returned from a DNS lookup of the machine name part of the URL used to monitor this instance.
Process ID If available, the process ID of the J2EE application server on the remote machine. If the FusionReactor native library is not available, or FusionReactor could not read this value, this field will be -1.
Last Seen Time The time, measured in milliseconds from midnight on January 1st 1970, which the server was last successfully polled for Enterprise data. If the server has not been observed as running during this session, this field will be -1.