How to Monitor a Vugen Script in Sitescope

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Hi guys,

The HP Sitescope team has explained about how to upload a Vugen script to Sitescope and Monitor the script in Sitescope.

Suppose your application is loading slowly and you are not sure where exactly the problem is. Then you can run your script in Sitescope and it will show you where exactly the problem is.

Many people do not know that there is an option in the controller as well where it will show the breakdown of the transaction.

Hope this video helps you.




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How to Integrate Sitescope with Loadrunner - Screenshots Attached

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The integration of Sitescope with Loadrunner is a simple task that can be done in two minutes.

Launch the controller
Go to System Resource Graphs
Click on Sitescope
Click on Add Measurements
Add the Host Address or IP address of the machine that Sitescope installed as shown the following image.
If it is prompted for the Username and Password give the credentials as required.

Integration of Sitescope with Controller
Integration of Sitescope with Controller
If the controller is connected to the Sitescope you are able to see all the counters that the Sitescope has in your machine as shown in the following image.

Adding Counters
Adding Counters
Once you successfully add the Sitescope you will see all the monitors / counters that the Sitescope has.

Add the measurements that you want to require and click on okay. Here I have added CPU utilization.

CPU Utlization
CPU Utlization


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Step by Step Procedure on How to add Alerts in Sitescope

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Adding alerts in Sitescope is very easy. Before adding the alerts in Sitescope we need to go to the properties as shown in the below image and change the threshold values as required.

Alerts Screenshot and click on properties
Alert Properties Screenshot
Once the threshold setting has been set.  Click on Alert tab and click on * button and a new pop up opens give an alert name and select the alert action as shown in the following image.
How to Setup Alert
How to Setup Alert

Alert Actions: We have different alert actions one of the popular alert action is Email. For example, if the CPU reaches 80 percent trigger an email alert to the required members. We have already set threshold limits at 80 percent as shown in the first image. Now, we will set the remaining settings as shown in the following image.

Once you click on the email action the following image opens.

Email Alert Setup
Email Alert Setup
Once the above settings as shown in the image are set and click on save. You will see as shown in the following image.

Alert Tab Final
Alert Tab Final



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How to add Monitors in Sitescope – Its Simple and Easy

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Adding monitors of any server or any application:

First, we need add the server to Sitescope and then we can create group and add the monitors. For how to add servers in Sitescope you can go to this link.

Creating Groups

Create Group: Creating group helps to group the monitors of a particular server in a particular group. For example, here I have created group name as ‘Linux Server’.

For creating groups click as shown in the following Image.

Create Group
Create Group
and give the group name as show in the image. I have given group name as Linux Server and Click on okay as shown in the following image.

Create Group Snapshot 2
Create Group Snapshot 2

Adding Monitors

Once you create the group we can add the monitors in this group as shown in the following image.

Right click on the group name and Click on new monitor.

Add Monitor
Add Monitor
 and now add the monitor that you want to monitor for example here I am adding CPU as shown in the following image. Here we can search for the monitors that are required.

Add Monitor Snapshot 2
Add Monitor Snapshot 2
And once you add the monitor. You need to select the server name as shown in the following image. 

Select Server Name
Select Server Name
And click on save and test. Once it is successfully added you will see the following image.

CPU Utilization Monitor
CPU Utilization Monitor
Deleting Group or Monitor:

Just right click on group or monitor and click on delete.

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How to add Operating Systems or Servers to Sitescope

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How to add Windows or Linux Servers to Sitescope:

In order to monitor a server first we need to add the server to Sitescope. For example, if you install Weblogic on a windows server, first we will add that server or operating system to Sitescope and then we can able to monitor that server as well as the Weblogic Application and its counters.

I will show you how to add a Windows machine and a Linux machine to the Sitescope. 

Adding Windows Machine to Sitescope:

1. Click on Remote Servers Tab on Sitescope
2. Click New Microsoft Windows Remote Server.
3. Enter the IP address of the machine.
4. Give the credential for the machine.
5. Click on save and test.

It will add the server to Sitescope. Once we add the servers we can easily add the monitors / counters that we needed.

Note: In order to add server, you need to have administrative privileges, username and password of that server or operating system.

Adding Linux Machine to Sitescope:

Adding Linux Server to Sitescope
Adding Linux Server to Sitescope
Click on Remote Servers
Click on Unix Remote Servers:
Click on New Unix Remote Server:
Enter the IPadress of the machine and give the credentials of the machine, i.e. username and password and select operating System as Linux and the method as SSH.

Please note that you can connect through three methods from Sitescope to Linux server.

SSH
Telnet
Rlogin

If you are connecting through SSH / Telnet / Rlogin you need to activate the same process on your Linux server before adding. Sometimes the process might not be running on your Linux server this leads to getting errors while adding Linux server to Sitescope.

You can also add a Linux server using private or public key. We have a separate option for adding SSH private or public key. Go to advanced settings while adding through SSH we need to add the SSH private key path at ‘key file for ssh connections’ option and the default path to add private key is C:\SiteScope\groups\indentity.  Please note that we need to create this identity file manually in this path.

Sitescope Advanced Settings
Sitescope Advanced Settings


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Basics of Sitescope and Sitescope Different Features in Brief

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Once you install the Sitescope you will be given a url which is called localhost: 8080/Sitescope.

Launch the application in the browser. You will see the Sitescope application as shown in the following image.



I will explain briefly on different options that are available in Sitescope.

We have mainly Monitors, Remote Servers, Templates, Preferences, Server Statistics, Tools.

Monitors: In Monitor tab we mainly do adding different monitors For example adding CPU, Memory etc.

Remote Servers: In remote servers tab we add  the servers to the Sitescope for example, if you want to monitor a Linux server first we need to add that server and then we can add the different monitors like CPU.

Templates: We can group a couple of monitors in a template and save it as a template. We have mainly user defined templates and predefined solution templates. We can create our own templates in order to meet our requirements.

Preferences: This is mainly for Sitescope settings. In this section we can create the users, log settings and email settings etc.

Server Statics: In this section you can see different type of log statics and number of monitors running on this Sitescope etc.

Tools: Sitescope has given a set of very useful tools. Some of them are Microsoft Windows Media player tool, Database Connection Tool, Network Status Tool and Ping Tool etc.

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Sitescope Monitoring Tool Features and Monitors

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Why Sitescope is called Agentless Monitoring Tool?

HP SiteScope monitors the application/infrastructure/server/operating system without installing any agent software on the system to be monitored. This feature makes the installation, usage and maintenance of Sitescope simpler when compared with the any performance monitoring tools like Diagnostics.

Sitescope Monitors:

Sitescope has also upgraded and changed drastically to meet the rapidly changing technologies and environments like virtualization and cloud computing. Using Sitescope we can monitor different web servers, application servers and database servers. We can also monitor operating systems Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX. It has more than 100 monitors including Weblogic, Websphere, SAP, SIEBEL, SNMP, LDAP, Network Monitor etc. HP SiteScope can also monitor cpu utilization, response time, disk space, and resource availability of a variety of host types and application platforms.

Sitescope Features:

SiteScope provides failover capabilities, simultaneous monitoring of large number of systems, and support for secure connections. Sitescope is a web-based application, we have the flexibility of accessing at anywhere. It consists of mainly broswer-based interface, scheduler, monitors, alerts and reports. Sitescope can be installed on a single server running as a service or a process. This results in quick installation and easy monitoring configuration.

HP Sitescope monitors its own performance, availability, configuration problems and critical server load when it is configured to report to HP Business Availability Center(BAC). HP recently developed Sitescope Android Application where we can monitor the performance and availability of application through the Sitescope Android Application.

Browser-based Interface: Manages end user status information requests, configuration change requests, and access control.

Scheduler:  By using scheduler we can create different type of running of monitors for particular time period, alert creation and report generation.

Monitors: It collects different type of performance and availability information about the system being monitored.

Alerts: HP Sitescope alert is one of the best feature, based on the configuration the alerts will be triggered automatically to our e-mail.

Reports: We can create different type of reports of monitored data for analysis and reporting purposes.

Generating Reports in Sitescope:

Sitescope report gives different graphs about operating systems, application servers, database servers and different applications that we are monitoring.

it will only store 40 days of monitor data in Sitescope server. We can pull the graphs only for the last 40 days of data. However, we can also increase the size of the data it stores in \logs. Sometimes it may lead to Sitescope server crash of loading large size of data.

Sitescope Integration with Loadrunner:

We can also integrate the sitescope to controller in the loadrunner. We can install sitescope in the same machine as the controller but it is not advisable. I prefer to install the sitescope on dedicated server and make sure we can access the sitescope from the controller machine. 

How to Access Sitescope:

Sitescope can be accessed from the web browser. The default address is http://localhost:8080/SiteScope. On windows machine we can access by clicking Start > Programs > HP SiteScope > Open HP SiteScope.

Sitescope Deployment:

Sitescope deployment requires a clear plan. We need to have a clear understanding of what are the hardware and software resources required for Sitescope installation, what is the architecture and what are the hardware and software resources that we plan to monitor. What are the thresholds that we want to set for these hardware and software’s that we monitor, when to trigger alerts according to the thresholds and how often these to be checked, what action to be taken during the alerts, what should be done automatically during the issue (Sitescope Script Alert is a tool that will automatically do the corrective actions according to the alert, it is a one of the feature in the Sitescope)

Sitescope Licenses:

Once any company purchases the Sitescope it should be registered with the HP for support and benefits. By registering, we get: Support from the HP Team for our issues, Access to HP Self Solve and knowledge documents, Free Updates and upgrades from HP

Sitescope Monitors are sold at 50, 100, 500 and 2000. Depending upon our requirement, we can buy the Sitescope monitors license.

I have given just briefly about each monitor. For further information please go through the HP Sitescope guide or contact technical support

System Monitors – 1 Point
Application Monitors – 1 Point
Web/URL Monitors – 1 Point
Web Script Monitor – 4 Points
Network Service Monitors – 1 Point
Container Monitor Types – No Points
Enterprise Application Monitors – Extended License depending upon the applications we choose

Solution Templates - Extended License depending upon the applications we choose

You can download the current version of Sitescope from this link Download Sitescope

Sitescope Tutorials:

I have written some of the sitescope tutorials:

Sitescope Interview Questions and Answers:

What is Sitescope?

Sitescope is a monitoring tool developed by HP. It is mainly used to monitor different type of servers and to create the alerts accordingly, the alerts will be triggered automatically according to the alerts we have created.

We can monitor these operating systems and servers:

HP Unix, AIX, Linux, Sun Solaris, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and all windows servers. Weblogic, Websphere, Apache, SMTP, IIS, Sebel, Oracle DBA, etc.

What is the port number of Sitescope?

We mainly configure the sitescope on port 80 and 8080. These are the main ports to configure sitescope.

Can you change the port number of Sitescope 8080 to 80?

Yes, we can change the port number the one which accepts HTTP requests.

How many points are required for windows resources in Sitescope?

The license of sitescope depends on points, for example: Windows Resources need 2 points and we have different points in sitescope for every resource.

How do you add the alerts in Sitescope?

Please go through this link Sitescope Alerts

Do you know how to add Weblogic server in Sitescope?

Yes, there are predefined templates which we can add a Weblogic server, else we need to first add the operating system and then add Weblogic mointor in Sitescope.

How do you add an Oracle database to Sitescope?

How do you add Linux Operating System in Sitescope?

We can connect Linux Operating System using SSH in Sitescope.

What are the changes you need to do in Linux Operating System before adding to Sitescope?

First, we need to generate a private key for the Linux operating system and the same should be given during the connecting of Linux Operating System. But, there are different ways we can connect to the server in Sitescope.
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