Drive Monitors

 

Drive Monitors continuously check the disk space utilization of local and remote computer drives and notifies administrators when drive space is low.   When free disk space falls below a defined threshold an email or text message is sent to notify one or more administrators that the disk is running out of space.  When an administrator receives an email that the drive is below their defined threshold they immediately know that they need to investigate the low space issue before critical applications fail.  This provides a preemptive solution for avoiding application failures due to lack of disk space.  Drive Monitors can also be configured to scan the drive when an alert condition occurs and email a link to the DiskFerret scan file when it is complete.  When the Disk Monitor is configured to perform a scan on the alert condition the administrator can wait until the 2nd message arrives notifying them that a DiskFerret scan file is ready for review.  By clicking the link in the email the administrator will receive instant visual feedback in DiskFerret and can quickly determine where disk space is being used and remove or archive files in order to avoid running out of space.

 

To access the drive monitor configuration dialog click the drive monitor icon  on the toolbar, or select Tools->Drive Monitors from the application menu.

 

 

The actual work of a disk monitor is executed by the DiskFerret Windows Service.  If you have never configured the DiskFerret service, or if the DiskFerret service is not running when you launch the Drive Monitors dialog you will see the following message.  See Service Manager for information on configuring and running the DiskFerret Service.

 

In order to send email notifications when alert conditions occur you must configure your email settings.  If you have never configured email setting, you will see the following message.  See Email Configuration for information on configuring your email settings.

 

Configuring a Remote Host

To add a new remote host, click the New Host button in the toolbar.  This enables all of the Host controls in the Host Settings section of the dialog.  Enter the new host name and click the Save button if your currently logged in user credentials are configured as an administrator on the remote system.  If not, enter the domain, user name and password of an administrator of the remote system and then click Save. 

 

To edit an existing remote host, double click the host name in the tree table view, or select the host row and click the Edit Host button in the toolbar.

 

Description: Description: C:\apps\DiskFerret\help\Deleting Files_files\image004.jpgTip:  When you are adding or editing a remote host or a drive alert, most controls in the Drive Monitors dialog are disabled to prevent unintended errors.  If you do now want to save your changes, click the Discard button to discard your edits and enable all of the dialog controls.

 

Description: Description: C:\apps\DiskFerret\help\Deleting Files_files\image004.jpgTip:  When you are adding or editing a remote host or a drive alert, values that are required but have not yet been supplied have a pink background color.

 

Configuring a Drive Alert

To edit the alert setting for a drive, double click the drive name in the tree table view, or select the drive row and click the Edit Alert button in the toolbar.

 

 

Alert setting allow you to configure a variety of options:

       Threshold The amount of free space which constitutes an alert situation, either by specifying the percent of free space, or the amount of free space in megabytes or gigabytes.

       Frequency The frequency of the alert in number of minutes, hours, or days.

       Email The email address that will receive the alert notification.  Multiple emails can be specified and are separated by a semi-colon.

       Scan on Alert Scan the drive when an alert condition occurs.

       Scan File Location The storage path of the scan file.

 

Description: Description: C:\apps\DiskFerret\help\Deleting Files_files\image004.jpgTip:  It is a good idea to specify a scan file storage path on a different volume that the drive being monitored.