What is Plesk Watch Dog & How to Use it?


What is plesk watch dog & how to use it?

The Watchdog module is a solution that monitors vital Plesk services and notifies in case of service issues via e-mail. It can start, stop, and restart the service daemons it monitors, and it can be configured to take actions depending on the stability of a service over some time period. 
The following Plesk services can be monitored: 


1. Web server providing the control panel interface 
2. Web server providing WWW service to users’ sites 
3. SMTP Server (QMail) 
4. IMAP/POP3 Server (Courier-IMAP) 
5. DNS Server (BIND) 
6. Tomcat 
7. ColdFusion 
8. MySQL 
9. PostgreSQL 
10.SpamAssassin 
11.Dr.Web antivirus

 Steps to install watchdog:

1. Login to Plesk panel as admin user.

2. Go to server >> Updater >> select current plesk version >> search for watchdog, select the corresponding check box and click install.

3. Now go to modules on control panel >> click on Watchdog

4. To start monitoring, click the Enable icon in the Tools group. Here you can enable/disable watchdog for particular service.

Adjusting Monitoring Preferences for Specific Services

To adjust preferences for specific services: 

1 Click Modules > Watchdog. A list of Plesk services will be displayed.

2 Click on a service name. A page will open allowing you to specify the following settings:

 i. Monitoring: Toggle this to enable/disable service monitoring. 
ii. The commands to start and stop the service: It is recommended that you leave the pre-filled values unchanged. 
iii. Minimum polling interval: It is recommended that you set it to something like 5-10 minutes so as not to increase server load.
iv. Monitoring: Toggle this to enable/disable service monitoring. 
v. The commands to start and stop the service: It is recommended that you leave the pre-filled values unchanged. 
vi. Minimum polling interval: It is recommended that you set it to something like 5-10 minutes so as not to increase server load.
vii.  Restart service on stop: Select this to have the service automatically restarted when it stops or does not respond.
viii. Send an alert on stop: Select this if you wish to be informed of the service stop by email
ix. Send an alert when failed to restart the service: Select this and the module will inform you of failures to restart a non-responsive service. 
x. Stop monitoring this service if it fails: Select this check box and specify the failure ratio. The module will stop monitoring a service that fails a specific number of times.
xi. Alert on release of service from monitoring: Select this and the module will inform you by e-mail in case of permanent service failures. 
xii. Alert message templates.:You may wish to specify a recipient’s address, sender’s address, and message subject for each of the following service events: service failure, service start/stop failure, and release of service from monitoring due to its permanent failure. 

3 Once done configuring, click OK to submit the settings.

Viewing Service Statuses
 
To view the state of Plesk services:
 
Click Server > Service Management. A list of Plesk services will open. From that screen you can manage services and view their statuses. 
 
 OR

Click Modules > Watchdog. A list of Plesk services will open. From that screen you can view service statuses and manage monitoring preferences.   

Last update:
2016-06-16 01:52
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