Remote Monitoring Agent 1.25

Remote Monitoring Agent (RMA) is an auxiliary application for HostMonitor.

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Remote Monitoring Agent (RMA in short) is an auxiliary application for HostMonitor. Enterprise license for Advanced Host Monitor already includes license for 10 installations of the agent. Holders of a Lite, Standard or Professional licenses may buy an additional license for Remote Monitoring Agent separately.

HostMonitor 4.0+ can monitor remote networks using Remote Monitoring Agents (RMA). RMA is small application that accepts requests from HostMonitor, performs test and provides information about test result back to HostMonitor.

Why you may need RMA? Here are just several reasons:

RMA increases security of the network. When you have to run the tests such as CPU Usage test or Performance Counters tests on a remote Windows system, HostMonitor must be able to log in to that system with administrators privileges. Instead you may now use an agent installed on that remote system. In this case HostMonitor will not have to log on to that system at all. HostMonitor needs just one TCP port to communicate with the RMA agent (by default it uses #1055 port, however you may set an agent to use any other port).

Remote Monitoring Agent is also a very useful tool when you have to monitor two (or many) separated networks (connected through Internet). In this case installing just one instance of RMA behind the firewall in network "A" will allow to monitor entire network "A" using the HostMonitor located in the network "B" with just one open TCP port.

RMA decreases the network traffic. E.g. frequent use of "File Integrity" or "Compare Files" tests in an array of remote systems may apply significant load on the network. The more and the bigger files you test the more traffic increase you get. RMA runs locally and sends only the test results to the HostMonitor thus decreasing the amount of network traffic.

Remote Monitoring Agent simplifies network administration. You no longer need to share local drives/folders to perform tests such as File Integrity, Folder/File Size, File Availability, Count Files, etc

RMA for Linux / BSD / Solaris allows you to perform tests that HostMonitor cannot perform. For example HostMonitor cannot monitor processes that are running on Linux systems. RMA can do that.

Here are some key features of "RMA":

· All traffic between Remote Monitoring Agents and HostMonitor is encrypted.
· It is possible to customize the list of enabled tests for each of the agents (e.g. living only Count Files and UNC tests only).
· You can restrict incoming TCP connections with the list of acceptable addresses.
· With RMA Manager you may configure, restart and even upgrade agent(s) remotely.

Last updated on May 9th, 2007

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