op5 Newsletter Archive

op5 Newsletter Archive

Don’t miss out on any important op5 news! You can sign up for our newsletter or browse the archive below.

The whole op5 team wishes you a very happy holiday season!

We want to thank all our customers, partners, fans and friends for yet another fantastic year! We hope that you have a merry, warm and safe holiday and a happy New Year.

We’ll also be celebrating during this special time with our loved ones so the op5 offices will be closed December 24-26, 31st and January 1st and 6th.

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Innovative IT monitoring solution on Microsoft Azure

We’re proud to announce that our IT monitoring solution, op5 Monitor, is now available via Microsoft Azure. Customers can immediately take full advantage of the complete enterprise-grade monitoring package, including built-in management packs for quick deployment.

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op5 Monitor 7.1.6 released

We have released op5 Monitor 7.1.6. This is a micro release which includes new features and fixes for bugs discovered in op5 Monitor 7.1.5.

Product: op5 Monitor
Release Number: 7.1.6
Release Date: December 1r, 2015
Release Type: Micro
Previous Release: 7.1.5

Read the release notes

Introducing your New OS Community Manager

We’re pleased to announce that we have created a new role at op5: Open Source Community Manager (OSCM). Anton Löfgren has now stepped into the new position, so we asked him to introduce himself, explain why he thinks an OSCM is needed, what his plans are, and how he envisions fulfilling those plans.
Read Anton’s blog post

Hot in the op5 Knowledge Base

Update for NS Client++

We have recently updated our agent for Windows Servers. This updated version includes several new features but also a lot of bug fixes.

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Linux Server with SNMP Monitoring

If you want to use SNMP to monitor your Linux and Unix servers, you must configure the SNMP daemon on those servers so they can respond to queries from the op5 Monitor server.

Read more

Configure Nagvis Automap

The NagVis automap is a great tool for visualizing the parent-child relationship of hosts in the monitoring system. This how-to allows you to adapt it for larger environments.
Find out more

Security is not an obstacle to effective cloud deployments

In our previous blog entry, we discussed the fact that KVM and OpenStack were particularly well suited to handle the scalability challenges in hybrid IT infrastructures. At the same time, we’re seeing an even more critical requirement emerging in cloud computing and that is the ability to ensure proper security while utilizing the many great features of cloud computing.

Read the blog post

Professional Services brings monitoring to the next level 
We know that many enterprises have highly specialized monitoring needs, especially when dealing with massive amounts of data. Our solution op5 Monitor is ideally suited to meet those requirements, offering flexible and scalable monitoring. By taking advantage of our IT monitoring experts, the Professional Services team, you can unlock the full potential of an op5 Monitor system and take your monitoring to the next level.

Read the new Professional Services success case

The Secure Way to Monitor

As you know, we take security very seriously – it’s always been one of our highest priorities during development. Since op5 Monitor commonly has access to some very sensitive data and processes in most clients’ systems, it’s absolutely imperative that we take extra precautions to ensure that it stays secure.

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op5 Monitor 7.1.5 released 

We have released op5 Monitor 7.1.5. This is a micro release which includes new features and fixes for bugs discovered in op5 Monitor 7.1.4. .

Product: op5 Monitor
Release Number: 7.1.5
Release Date: 3 November, 2015
Release Type: Micro
Previous Release: 7.1.4

Read the release notes:

Deprecation notices Q4

Since we are constantly adding new features and functions to op5 Monitor, some things will have to be removed. Usually this is the case when we need to replace some functionality with something better but occasionally we have to remove things that are rarely used and are costing resources for maintenance. We believe these resources could instead be used to improve our product.

Deprecation notice blog post

Hot in the op5 Knowledge Base

     

Check_oracle with with Oracle instant client

This how-to describes how to setup your op5 Monitor server with Oracle Instant Client to be able to use the plugin check_oracle directly towards the Oracle Database.

Read the how-to

     

Using eventhandlers to restart services

This how-to describes the principle of using event handlers in op5 Monitor to restart services / processes / daemons that has stopped responding in a correct manner.

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Selenium on Microsoft windows

Selenium is browser automation framework used for testing web pages and applications. It is similar to the WebInject application included in op5 Monitor, but includes an IDE.

Find out more

Re-cap from City Networks #CloudBeer

We joined our partner City Network’s #CloudBeer event in Stockholm last week. It was yet another successful meetup, with great presentations such as “Unwanted traffic – What and when?” by Patrik Fältström, Head of R&D, Netnod and our Mikael Falkvidds presentation about Monitoring house plants. We had of course a lot of interesting discussions in between presentations. City Network has uploaded all five talks on their YouTube channel.

Go to City Networks YouTube channel and watch your favorite.

 

Takeaways from LinuxCon/CloudOpen

After The Linux Foundation’s LinuxCon/CloudOpen event in Dublin last week, we came home full of all the new ideas currently buzzing around in the open source world. For us, the biggest takeaway was that each open source project can do marvelous things on its own but, when you combine projects, you can truly create industry-leading IT products and software.

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DevBeer Meetup: Talk Tech with op5

We had a great time last week chatting with clients and partners at our DevBeer meetup in the Gothenburg office. We all know how flexible op5 Monitor can be, but Dev Team Lead Mikael took it even further with his awesome house plant monitoring presentation!

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Available now:
op5 Monitor 7.1.3

Get the latest and greatest version of op5 Monitor today! Version 7.1.3 is now available for download.

Read the latest release notes
Download now

Back by popular demand: What’s new in 7.1 Webinar

Due to high attendance last month, we will run another “What’s new in op5 Monitor 7.1” Webinar tomorrow, October 15th at 2pm. Learn about new features, tips and tricks and more.

Register now


op5Live news: New features, leaving beta

With the latest release on September 25th, we’re really pleased to announce that the op5Live service is no longer in beta! If you haven’t been keeping up with all the news coming from the Live team, check out the quick recap of all the recent developments.

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Hot in the op5 Knowledge Base

SNMP monitoring a Linux server

If you want to use SNMP to monitor your Linux- and Unix-servers, it’s imperative that you configure the SNMP daemon to make them respond to queries from the op5 Monitor server.
Read the how-to

Monitoring Microsoft Exchange

No single test will provide a complete picture of the status of your Exchange server. Combine several tests to have a reliable set of services that provide the complete picture of the exchange servers status.
Read the how-to

4 Steps to Turn On Simple BSM

This solution brief details how you can implement Business Services Management logic and generate rules sets to increase the understanding between IT and business.

Read the how-to

 

op5 Monitor 7.1 is now available

The latest version of op5 Monitor is available for download!

There are lots of big improvements as well as new features implemented, including:

  • Granular access rights
  • Parallel search
  • Performance data gathering
  • Better menu navigation

Read the full news update, release notes and download!

For more information, attend our upcoming Webinar on September 29th and hear all the details from our Product Manager and CTO.

Register now for the webinar!

op5Live: New features and improvements

Stay updated with the latest developments in our op5Live service! We’ve added a new Analyze feature allowing users to get more in-depth info from pings and TCP checks. There are also a whole slew of improvements and bug fixes.

Read all the latest updates

op5 and City Network presenting at LinuxCon 2015 in DublinWhat do you get when you combine KVM and OpenStack, then throw monitoring into the mix? op5’s long-term partnership with City Network continues with a very exciting co-op presentation at this year’s LinuxCon Europe between 5th-7th October.Read about op5 and City Network’s partnership

Upcoming events

SEPT 23-25

Spiceworld 2015, Austin TX

IT guys from all around the world will be descending on Austin, Texas for Spiceworks’ annual conference. The op5 US team will be on site to meet and greet customers, resellers and fellow software firms and MSPs.

SEPT 24

Atea IT-arena City Tour, Malmö, SE

Atea will kick off this month-long tour in the south of Sweden, at the Malmömässan. The busy agenda includes lots of keynote speeches, testimonials, seminars and more.

SEPT 29

Red Hat Forum 2015, Stockholm, SE

Open Source takes over the historical Münchenbryggeriet in central Stockholm. Swing by the op5 booth to learn how we can solve your monitoring puzzle.

Guest lecture at Tekniska Högskolan in Jönköping

For the second year in a row, Product Manager Peter Andersson will be visiting to give a guest lecture to students about IT monitoring, Open Source and more.

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Thoughts from our CTO: Practical scalability and you

So you’ve set up a massively scaled out and distributed monitoring system. Good job! How do you plan on managing it? CTO Jan Josephson has a few ideas to help.

Read more

Hot in the op5 Knowledge Base

Getting started with your op5 Monitor

It doesn’t matter if you plan on using op5 Monitor Free, op5 Live or even our app, this page will help you get your monitoring system rolling.

Get started now

 

Communication with cloud pollers

This how-to describes how to secure the communication between master systems and cloud or normal poller using openVPN.

Read the how-to

Installing NRPE from EPEL

If you need to use the NRPE monitoring agent on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based system with SELinux or IPv6 enabled, read this how-to!

Read the how-to

Basic Training Course in Gothenburg

This is an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to setup, configure, customize, and administrate an op5 Monitor installation.

Read more

Advanced Training Course in Stockholm

Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you trough advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in to op5 Monitor.
Read more

Relax and enjoy the sunshine this summer!

It’s finally here! Everyone in Sweden is gearing up for a (hopefully) sunny Midsummer holiday, which means we’ll all be out dancing around the Maypole like a small frog. We wish everyone a fantastic summer holiday!

Don’t forget to make sure your op5 Monitor systems are running smoothly before you leave for your vacation 😉

Cheers,
The op5 Team

Get a sneak peek at op5 Monitor 7.1!

With the introduction of our continuous release plan, we’ve got another big release just around the corner! Check out our high-level sneak peek at what’s in store for op5 Monitor users in the next few months.

Read the blog post for more

New in op5Live: Cool added features

Stay updated with the latest developments in our op5Live service! We’ve added new alert views, some pretty awesome website analysis tools and better integration with an on-prem op5 Monitor Enterprise setup.

We love feedback too so get in touch, here’s our contact info!

Read the full update

New release: op5 Monitor 7.0.8 now available

Get the latest and greatest version of op5 Monitor. This is a micro release which includes plenty of fixes for bugs discovered in previous versions.

Read the full release notes

Extended: Save on upgrading your op5 Monitor

We’ve extended our awesome upgrade campaign until August! Get a full day on-site (or remote) upgrade to the newest 7.0.6 release!

Check out our great offers:
Upgrade from 5 to 7
Upgrade from 6 to 7

Upcoming events

OCT
6 – 8

IT-sa: IT Security Expo and Congress, Nuremburg DE

It-sa is a unique platform for IT security officers, developers and providers of products and services for IT security. We’ll be attending, so swing by booth 447 in Hall #12.

Hot in the op5 Knowledge Base

How to: Migrate the correct way

If you’re upgrading your op5 Monitor from an old version, follow this guide to make sure you do it right the first time.

Read the how-to

Setting up Selenium Server in Microsoft Windows

This how-to will show you how to setup Selenium Server on Microsoft Windows with Mozilla Firefox and configure test case monitoring.

Read the how-to

Monitoring networks, traffic and other details

Get some monitoring inspiration! This how-to includes a mix of standard op5 Monitor checks and more advanced options to enhance monitoring of specifically networks, links, VPN’s and network devices.

Read the how-to

              

Basic Training Course in Stockholm

This is an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to setup, configure, customize, and administrate an op5 Monitor installation.

Read more

              

Advanced Training Course in Stockholm

Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you trough advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in to op5 Monitor.

Read more


Making monitoring easier with op5Liveop5 is proud to present our brand-new service: op5Live. It’s an easy-to-use monitoring solution so simple that anyone can get started in minutes. op5Live can be run on its own or as an extension to op5 Monitor Enterprise.You don’t need to be a sysadmin or have in-depth technical knowledge to use the service, making it the ideal solution for anyone who is reliant on 3rd party apps, web services or websites. Built “mobile first” with a fully responsive design, op5Live gives you full control from anywhere.Read CTO Jan Josephson’s blog
Create an account now to try op5Live

DevBeer in GBG

Welcome to our Gothenburg office for yet another fantastic DevBeer meetup!

Enjoy some mingle with our devs, sales team and fellow customers, with plenty of drinks and interesting monitoring chat on May 21st from 16:30 – 21:00.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Read more and create an account here

New release: op5 Monitor 7.0.7 now available

Get the latest and greatest version of op5 Monitor!

This is a micro release which includes plenty of fixes for bugs discovered in previous versions.

Read the full release notes

Upgrade your outdated version of op5 Monitor

Are you running on an old op5 Monitor system? We’re currently offering a great deal on upgrades – get a full day on-site (or remote) upgrade to the newest 7.0.6 release!

Check out our great offers:
Upgrade from 5 to 7
Upgrade from 6 to 7

Upcoming Events in May

MAY 
27-29

ATEA Bootcamp, Tylösand    9:00 – 17:00

We’re proud to be attending ATEA’s bootcamp between May 27th-29th in Tylösand. Come and say hi!

MAY 
28

LeanTribe Gathering, Karlskrona   16:00 – 20:00

Our very own Ola Sandström will attend this LeanTribe Gathering to speak indepth about Unified Monitoring and DevOps.

Hot in the op5 Knowledge Base

How to: Succeed with wireless monitoring

Get a basic overview of the common problems users experience with wireless networks. Learn which problems may occur when administrating wireless solutions, what to monitor and how to setup a baseline monitoring for a wireless access point.

Find out more

Monitoring one of Sweden’s biggest LAN parties

One of our amazing consultants attended the Birdie computer festival this past weekend, Sweden’s oldest and biggest non-profit LAN/Demo/cool techy-stuff party.

Of course he represented op5 with some pretty sweet monitoring solutions, including keeping track of sales in the cafeteria!

Check out Joel’s awesome blog post

Using the op5Live management pack in op5 Monitor

So you love op5Live and you want to integrate the service with your current on-prem op5 Monitor system? No problem! It’s easy to set up by following this HowTo.

Find out how

              

Basic Training Course in Stockholm

This is an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to setup, configure, customize, and administrate an op5 Monitor installation.

Read more

              

Advanced Training Course in Stockholm

Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you trough advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in to op5 Monitor.

Read more

Webinar: Distributed Monitoring with TruePath Technologies 

Interested in implementing a distributed monitoring system at your enterprise? Learn more by attending a webinar in cooperation with our partner TruePath Technologies! The focus of this webinar is to illustrate the scalability of op5 Monitor, highlight the advantages of unified monitoring and show what can be done in op5 Monitor to get the most out of your monitoring.
Date and time: May 6th, 11:00 EST (17:00 CET)
Presenters: Douglas Mauro from TruePath Technologies
and Jan Josephson from op5

Register now!

New management packs for Google apps and Gmail


Simplify your monitoring of essential Google apps with the newest management pack from op5! This Management Pack delivers the ability to monitor the status of Google Apps by using the Google status dashboard and provides checks for public Google mail servers.

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Get the management pack now!

op5 joins the VMware Technology Alliance Partner Program

The op5 partnership with VMware has now extended to participation in the VMware TAP. Members of the TAP program collaborate with VMware to deliver innovative solutions for virtualization and cloud computing.

Read the press release

Hot Topics in op5 Knowledge Base

Agentless Monitoring with WMI


Set up checks from op5 on Windows hosts without installing any agent in Windows.

Find out more

Running op5 Monitor on Hyper-V

This FAQ entry walks you through the implementation of op5 Monitor on Hyper-V.

Find out more

Getting started with op5 Trapper

Start receiving SNMP-traps in 4 steps by using a simple rule to list all incoming traps.

Find out more

Naemon vs. Nagios

CTO Jan Josephson explains all the interesting details behind the decision to move to a Naemon-based system in this detailed blog post. Find out more about the challenges of staying on track with development in a fast-paced industry and what op5 is doing to stay on the cutting edge.

Get the full story

Unified and Scalable Monitoring made easy

Developer Henrik is back with two new videos!

He’ll walk you through the benefits of op5 Monitor’s unified and scalable monitoring systems. Get a birds-eye view of your entire server, network, applications, cloud based services stack and their current status, performance and health in one tool, no matter how big (or small) your enterprise.

Watch our new videos: Scalable and Unified

              

Basic Training Course in Stockholm

This is an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to setup, configure, customize, and administrate an op5 Monitor installation.

Read more

              

Advanced Training Course in Gothenburg

Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you trough advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in to op5 Monitor.

Read more

New HowTo videos available

In these new HowTo videos we are talking about howto monitor Linux, Microsoft Windows and VMware servers with our Management Packs. Management Packs are greatly appreciated by our customers, especially by system administrators and IT managers for simplifying the processes of adding and updating monitoring of a broad range of network devices. Management Packs offer direct time-savings but also help securing consistently high standards of quality monitoring across the environment over time.

Check out the new HowTo videos in our op5 Knowledge base

op5 Monitor Beta Release Notes

We have released op5 Monitor Beta April release. op5 Monitor Beta April release includes security enhancements, a new API feature, updated plugins and much more. The beta release is intended for people interested in verifying that the next version will work well with your configuration or just want to try our latest stuff.

What’s new

  • Security: The Trapper daemon no longer requires root privileges
  • Nagvis has been updated to 1.8-rc3
  • Use Naemon as backend instead of Nagios
  • New feature in Availability and SLA reports: count unknown/unreachable as up

Read the release notes

Customer satisfaction survey finished


We want to thank everyone that filled out our op5 Customer Satisfaction Survey and gave us valuable feedback and comments. Three Pebble smart watches are on their way to three lucky recipients. As a next step, we will now carefully analyze the results and we will keep everyone updated on the actions we will take based on survey.

Read the blog post

HowTo monitor MongoDB servers

This howto will cover the basic steps involved to get you started with MongoDB monitoring using community plugins in combination with our Management Packs.

Read the HowTo

Execute Powershell script

This how-to will show you how to execute a powershell script via the op5 Agent. First we need to create a powershell script or use an existing one.

Fin out more

Monitor@home: Arduino probe

One way to monitor temperatures is by using TellStick as I talked about in my earlier blog post about monitor beer brewing. Another way to do this is via Arduino.

Read the Tech blog

Our Partner City Network hosts a City Cloud OpenStack webinar

Join this 60 minute session with our partner City Network and really get to know some of the key features of the OpenStack-based IaaS City Cloud.

City Cloud is the only OpenStack-based multi-location IaaS in Europe with tons of interesting features. In this Live demo and Q&A our developers will give you a more in-depth tour of the system and answer all of your questions.

Find out more

                

Basic Training Course in Gothenburg

This is an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to setup, configure, customize, and administrate an op5 Monitor installation.

Read more

            

Advanced Training Course in Stockholm

Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you trough advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in to op5 Monitor.

Read more

op5 Monitor App is updated and available now for Android 

In this highly-anticipated app update, op5 is introducing wider device support and a powerful log message filter, making the op5 Monitor App an even more effective tool for system administrators. The update is available now on Google Play, with an expected release on the App Store in the coming weeks.

Having vital information regarding system and network statuses at their fingertips has allowed op5 users to quickly respond to problems as they occur, saving even more precious response time in the event of downtime or other issues. The updated release includes a slew of newly-added features as well as various bug fixes.

Find our more

Viking Line extends the cooperation with op5 for enhanced IT monitoring

op5 Monitor, will be used to manage datacentres, switches, networking equipment and cash registers on each of Viking Line’s seven vessels. op5 Monitor’s integrated logserver functionality will further improve the information available and local control of each system. To reach synergies and optimize the IT operations, monitoring data from the ships and all offices around the Baltic Sea will be consolidated in a unified view at Viking Line’s central data centres.

Read the press release right here

Increases focus on partnerships

We have appointed Patrik Nilsson as new Partner Manager with the objective to strengthen and build op5’s partner program. By growing the network of professional partners, we aim to increase the service to our customers in the Nordics.

“My goal is that we by focusing on our partners will help op5 end customers gain access to professional integration skills, and to secure that our products are provided and integrated in the best way”says Patrik Nilsson.

Find out more

Simplify monitoring of Cisco switches

To further simplify the deployment of monitoring of Cisco switches, We have released three new Cisco Management Packs as a part of its comprehensive server and network monitoring support.

Read more

Monitor Microsoft Exchange

There are many ways to verify that a Microsoft Exchange mail server is running. You can check mail delivery, tcp-ports, services and more. No single test will provide a complete picture of the status of your Exchange-server

Read more

Active directory integration

It’s very common to have an Active Directory server for user management. Therefore, integrating op5 Monitor to Active Directory is a very common task, which isn’t necessarily trivial.

Find out more

Add a service dependency

Sometimes you want to have dependencies on certain services. For example some network traffic is dependent on that a certain port is up and configured correctly or maybe a shared disk you are monitoring.

Read more

Webinar: Optimal utilization of OpenStack & KVM builds leading IaaS in Europe – A success case by the book

This is a joint webinar between us and City Network supported by Open Virtualization Alliance. In this webinar we will take you on a great tour that details how City Cloud, an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) from City Network, use KVM, OpenStack and op5 Monitor as key components to deliver one of the most cost efficient, flexible and most advanced cloud computing services in Europe.

  • When: Thursday, February 19th
  • Time: 15.30 – 16.15 (CET)

Register for the webinar

Kick-off in Istanbul 2015

  

The whole op5 Team meet up in Istanbul, Turkey for the 2015 official kick-off. On the agenda for the kick-off was really interesting key notes such as our new service delivery plan and a presentation from our development department. A lot of other topics were discussed and we will in the near future present more detailed information.

Read the blog post

Our partner City Network have launched City Cloud OpenStack beta

If you want to be among the first to try our partners City Cloud OpenStack, they have open the doors. Make sure to create an account for the City Network, City Cloud beta program. More and more advanced features are coming together and City Network are confident that we will be able to stay on schedule.

Read the blog post

Strong financial growth in 2014

Together with a strong growth in profit, we increased the company revenues with 27% in 2014 with recorded strong growth in all focus markets, the Nordics, DACH and the US. op5 expanded its customer base through new contracts with Akamai, Giant Eagle, Apple, Hilti, the Absolut Company and several other leading companies. Bookings increased with 37% during the same time period.

“Most sectors face rapid growth in the use of IT systems. Everything is going IP and most systems, on-premise as well as cloud based solutions, need to be integrated with each other. This presents new challenges when it comes to scalability, performance and unified monitoring for the IT environment.” says Daniel Maurer, CEO op5.

Find out more abour our record year

Basic Training Course in Stockholm

           

When: 10-11 March 2015
This is an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to setup, configure, customize, and administrate an op5 Monitor installation.

Read more

Advanced Training Course in Stockholm

          

When: 17-18 March 2015
Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you trough advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in to op5 Monitor.

Read more

Webinar: Optimal utilization of OpenStack & KVM builds leading IaaS in Europe – A success case by the book

This is a joint webinar between us and City Network supported by Open Virtualization Alliance. In this webinar we will take you on a great tour that details how City Cloud, an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) from City Network, use KVM, OpenStack and op5 Monitor as key components to deliver one of the most cost efficient, flexible and most advanced cloud computing services in Europe.

  • When: Thursday, February 19th
  • Time: 15.30 – 16.15 (CET)

Register for the webinar

Simplify deployment of VMware monitoring

We have extended our support for VMware system administrators by simplify deployment of VMware monitoring by launching a VMware Management Pack. The Management Pack is designed to simplify the deployment and change management of professional VMware monitoring.

Read more

op5 OS and architecture survey 2014 is finished

We would like to thanks those who took the time to answer our op5 OS, version and architecture survey. This type of  information is really valuable when we plan the development of the product and gives us a good overview of the OS landscape among our customers and partners.

We have started to compile the results from the survey but we can spot a few interesting facts already. We hope to share these results with you in the near future.

Read more

Video tutorial: How to get started with Nagvis

This is quick walk through on making your first NagVis map contributed by our partner TruePath Technologies Inc

Watch the video

Configuring Nagvis Automap for large environments

The NagVis automap in op5 Monitor is a great tool for visualizing the parent-child relationship of hosts in the monitoring system.

Find our more

Monitoring Sensatronics environmental sensors

If you want to monitor temperature, humidity or wetness op5 recommends the Sensatronics E series of environmental monitors.

Find out more

  

Leading communication technology provider selects op5 for monitoring global IT centers

A world leading information and communication technology provider has selected op5 monitoring solutions to support the strategic initiative of establishing a global innovation hub.

In an initiative to support growth and innovation, the global technology provider with a long history of pioneering communication services, is establishing three new global IT centers, each of them located close to one of the company’s major R&D centers in Europe and North America.

Read more

                

Basic Training Course in Stockholm

When: 10-11 March 2015
This is an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to setup, configure, customize, and administrate an op5 Monitor installation.

Read more

                

Advanced Training Course in Stockholm

When: 17-18 March 2015
Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you trough advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in to op5 Monitor.

Read more


From the entire team at op5 we wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

2014 was a super interesting year with lots of new things coming to the enterprise market, all in different ways challenging us to provide you with best IT monitoring. We’d like to take the opportunity to thank you all – old customers, new customers, partners and friends. You have given us great feedback, encouragement and many great ideas on how we can in all ways improve our product and service to you.

We wish you all a great holiday and a Happy New Year!

Our christmas gift

Min stora dag

This year as in previous years we have made sure to send a Christmas gift to Min Stora Dag, a foundation for granting wishes to critically ill children in Sweden.

The goal for Min stora dag (My Big Day), is to grant wishes to children (3-18 years) who are suffering from a serious, very often, life-threatening diseases. It is the child’s primary physicians that refers the children to Min Stora Dag and the foundation cooperates with all the University Hospitals and children’s clinics in Sweden.

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2014 OS and architecture Survey

 

To better serve you and your organization we would appreciate if you could spare a couple of minutes to tell us about what OS, version and architecture you are monitoring in your organization. This survey is one way for us to make sure we meet your expectations when it comes to monitoring OS.

This survey is anonymous and consists of 6 questions divided into 2 pages and should take less than 5 minutes of your time.

Leave your email address in the end of the survey and you will be added to our Survey lottery. We will give away one Rapsberry Pie including memory card. Promise, spam-free.

Go to the survey

Is scalability still an issue?

Today’s enterprises consider scalability to be the number one challenge related to their current monitoring systems. This raises two questions. Why is scalability still an issue? And what do we need to consider moving forward to tackle the scalability challenge?

Read the blog post

op5 Monitor 7.0.2 released

We have released op5 Monitor 7.0.2. op5 Monitor 7.0.2 is a minor release which includes a few minor updates and functionality improvements. You can see the full list in this blog post. We have solved the following reported bugs.

  • Very small object selection boxes in the report configuration pages
  • Timeperiods not visible for limited users
  • Pollers sometimes get stuck in disconnected state

Read the release notes

Monitor your website with webinject

Monitoring websites with webinject. Monitoring with Webinject is about testing a real-world scenario and measure web server response time.

Find out more

Write your own plug-in to op5 Monitor

How to write your own plugin to op5 Monitor or Nagios. This article aims to describe the format and walk you through writing a simple plugin.

Read the How-to

op5 Monitor is ready for Windows 10

We have installed a technical preview of Windows 10 and tried out our agents. Tested NSClient++, Syslog agent (latest) and Nagstamon.

Read about the test

Our partner City Cloud score big in TechWorld IaaS test

Our partner City Cloud scores big according to TechWorld’s (IDG) test on disk performance. Read about the whole test in this post.

Read about the TechWorld test

Torbjörn Eriksen joins op5 as VP Professional Services

We appointed Torbjörn Eriksen a few weeks back as VP Professional Services with responsibility for consulting and projects.

Read the press release

Basic Training Course in Stockholm

Date: 27-28 January 2015This is an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to setup, configure, customize, and administrate an op5 Monitor installation.

Read more about the basic training

Advanced Training Course in Stockholm

Date: 3-4 March 2015Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you trough advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in to op5 Monitor.

Read more about the advanced training

 

IT monitoring – eliminating time thieves 
We see that the challenges of managing IT is not all about monitoring and managing the IT environment and keeping track of resource. It is also about prioritizing new upcoming activities against the already planned activities. These ad hoc activities steals time, and in many cases diverts IT from the original plans which causes a constant re-prioritization. Time Thieves comes in different shapes and forms and we have explained a few in this video and how you can eliminate them with IT monitoring.


Video: IT monitoring – eliminating time thieves
Producer: Invicious Production

Two weeks left in our upgrade campaign 
You can still take advantage of our unique upgrade campaign. Unleash the full potential in your op5 Monitor with a workshop that is tailored made for your specific needs. It includes for example:

  • Complete system upgrade to op5 Monitor 7.0 with new functionality
  • Full day of hands-on support from the op5 professional team
  • An Asus MeMO 7″ HD ready mobile device for mobile monitoring via the new Mobile app

Create an account for op5 Monitor upgrade package

Our partner City Network expands in Europe

City Network extends its presence withInterxion in London and Frankfurt to further support the growth of City Cloud. Neutrality and a focus on quality were deciding factors for City network in selecting Interxion’s European colocation facilities.

Read the City Network press release

Download op5 App for iOS and Android

The op5 Monitor app will help you keeping control of your IT environment, whenever and wherever you are. With the op5 Monitor App in your smartphone you can access your op5 Monitoring system in an easy and secure way to stay on top of things.

Check out our KB article on our Apps

Tips & tricks op5 Knowledge base

One of our Professional service team member have published a post in our Tech blog where he talks about his favorite feature in op5 Monitor 7.0.

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Tips & tricks op5 Knowledge base

How you can set up monitoring on Microsoft Active Directory with op5 Monitor or you can use our pre-built management pack “Microsoft AD server”

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Tips & tricks op5 Knowledge base

Fix for “Shellshock” bash security vulnerability. On september 24th, an advisory was released concerning a bug in the bash shell. More about this in our Tech Blog

Read more

op5 Logger – log data in a unified view

All IT systems, including “black-boxes” such as cloud based services and similar, typically generate event logs on different levels. From information logs and debug messages to system critical messages. In spite of being viewed as an invaluable tool for troubleshooting few IT organizations take full benefit of using logs for proactive system monitoring.

Read the blog post | op5 Logger – integrated logserver | and find out what benefits op5 Logger can bring to your organization. 

Events

October
21-22

Basic Training in Stockholm and Gothenburg

This is an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to setup, configure, customize and administrate and op5 Monitor installation.

Read more and create an account here for Gothenburg

Read more and create an account here for Stockholm

21/10/2014, 09:00 – 22/10/2014, 17:00

We are proud to present op5 Monitor 7.0! For the new release, we have integrate our logserver into op5 Monitor. The new Logger can act as a logserver with structured, central storage of log messages and seamlessly integrates your log flows in to everyday event streams. We are also releasing a mobile app supporting iOS, smarter filtering capabilities and new Plug-ins. We want to say thanks to our customers and partners for helping us to improve our product.

Some of the main areas we have focused on during this release:

– The new op5 logserver – Logger
– Mobile app supporting iOS
– Smarter filtering capabilities
– New Plug-ins

Read the op5 Monitor 7.0 release blog post

Unleash the full potential of your op5 Monitor installation

We can now offer you as a valued op5 customer a unique way to upgrading your op5 Monitor solution. To make sure you get full benefit of the new release we are offering an op5 Monitor upgrade package including:

  • Complete system upgrade to op5 Monitor 7.0 with new functionality
  • Full day of hands-on support from the op5 professional team
  • An Asus MeMO 7″ HD ready mobile device for mobile monitoring via the new Mobile app

Interested in an op5 Monitor upgrade package?

Find out more

Faster filtering capabilities

op5 Monitor 7.0 introduces a number of enhancements to the filtering capabilities. It will be easier to set definition of time-based filters and faster filtering dialogue boxes.

Read the blog post

              

App supporting iOS

The iOS App gives iPhone & iPad users the benefit of being able to check the status of their IT environment, whenever, wherever.

Read more about the iOS app

Extra Webinar: What’s new in op5 Monitor 7.0

Date: 17.09.2014
Time: 15.00 – 15.30 (UCT+1)
Timezone: EDT 09.00 am

We will run a  additional webinar on the topic: What’s new in op5 Monitor 7.0 due to the first webinar became fully booked. In this webinar we will focus on delivering a business and a technical oriented overview of op5 Monitor 7.0. We will highlight some of the main features such as the Logger, smarter filtering and the release of the app supporting iOS.

Register for the extra Webinar

New plugin Monitor status & response time

Monitor status and response time for checks configured in Apica WebPerformance. The plugin will be in a corresponding Management pack.
Learn more

New plugin
Microsoft SQL server database

Improved monitoring of MS SQL Server database. Catch problems with ms SQL database servers or specific databases and monitor the data in your database.

Learn more

New plugin
Oracle MySQL database

Improved monitoring of Oracle MySQL database. Catch problems with mysql database servers or specific databases and monitor the data you have in your database

Learn more

op5 Monitor
Basic training course

This is an introduction for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab experiences to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need, to setup and configure an op5 Monitor installation.

Learn more

op5 Monitor
Advanced training course

Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you through advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in.

Learn more

Guest lecture at Jönköping University

We had a guest lecture for the students at Tekniska Högskolan i Jönköping about IT monitoring and open source on the 2th of September. These guest lectures gives us the opportunity to interact with students, talk about open source, why IT monitoring matters and also a opportunity to show students how it looks when you dig deeper into the architecture. We asked Erik Gunnarsson, Cisco Main Legal Contact, CCAI, Lecture at Jönköping University a few questions directly after the guest lecture.

 

Read the blog post

Interested in our Academic Program?

op5 Monitor 6.3 is released!
We are very happy to release op5 Monitor 6.3 to the public. It includes new features, enhanced API capabilities and GUI improvements. As always we want to say thanks to our customers and partners for helping us to improve our product.

Some of the main areas we have focused on during this release:

– Enhanced API capabilities
– Security
– GUI
Management Packs
– Plugins

Read the release blog post

KVM success case – op5 and City Network   

Read our success case that we have written together with City Network. The paper details How City Network created one of the leading IaaS in Europe using KVM and op5.

Download the Success case

Red Hat Forum 2014, Stockholm

op5 is participating at Red Hat forum in Stockholm, June 4, 2014! The topic for the Red Hat forum is how you can tackle IT complexity and build a strategy for the future.

Go to the event page

How to write own plugin

How to write your own plugins with op5 Monitor and Nagios. But what to do if one of your corporate applications can not be monitored straight out of the box?

Learn more

Using event-handlers

This How-to describes the principle of using event handlers in op5 Monitor to restart services that has stopped responding  in a correct manner.

Learn more

Host import via Excel

Host import via Excel with service objects cloning and auto-detection of disks. This program is intended to bulk-import hosts into a op5 Monitor installation. 

Learn more

op5 Monitor Basic training course

This in an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need, to setup and configure an op5 Monitor installation.

Learn more

op5 Monitor Advanced training course

Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you through advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in.

Learn more

We prepare for further growth and expansion by appointing a new CEO

Daniel Maurer will assume the position of Executive Director in April and thus have the overall responsibility for op5’s continued growth. At the same time we have reinforced the company board with key skills in mobility, cloud-based services and enterprise business from the U.S market.

“We are proud to have Daniel Maurer as new CEO for op5. The market is undergoing major changes, which offers new possibilities for op5 to broadening its presence into new segments and increase customer base”,  says Tom Nyman, Chairman of the op5 Board

Read the Press Release

New video: Management Packs & Host Wizard

This video will give you an overview what benefits your organization can gain by using management packs in op5 Monitor. We will also walk you through the few steps you need to take for creating and managing your own management packs.

Watch the video

      

Bridge between IT operations and business

Do you recognize the complains that IT doesn’t understand the business and vice versa that the business doesn’t understand IT operations?  A good analogy is to say IT operations and business are on each side of a stream.

Read the blog post and find out how you can create a save crossing

Three common time thieves to be eliminated within your IT operations! 

Imagine a whole day where you can actually do what you have planned. A day when you step-by-step cross activities from your to-do-list so that you, at the end of the day, have accomplished everything you planned for in the morning.

To many IT organizations this structured way of working is utopia. Instead the plan is by default disrupted by ad hoc activities, stealing your time and making us divert from the plan. These disturbances typically assume one of the following shapes.

Read and find out what shapes disturbance typically assume

Tips & Trix from Knowledge base

Management pack is essentially a group of service connected to a hostgroup with the possibility to add custom variables – Create your own management pack right here.

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Tips & Trix from Knowledge Base

With Webinject you can actually try out the entire login process, evaluate that the page doesn’t contain error messages or that the latest news show up.

Learn more

Tips & Trix from Knowledge Base

It’s very common to have an Active Directory service for user management. Therefore, integrating op5 Monitor to Active Directory is a very common task, which isn’t necessarily trivial.

Learn more

op5 Monitor Basic training course

This in an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need, to setup and configure an op5 Monitor installation.

Learn more

op5 Monitor Advanced training course

Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you through advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in.

Learn more

Bridging the gap between IT and business with Business Service Management

Do you recognize the complains that IT doesn’t understand the business and vice versa that the business doesn’t understand IT operations?

Business service management (BSM) is about bridging the gap between IT operations and the business. In essence creating an understanding, on both sides, of the impact an IT related problem will have on the business.

Read more: Bridge between IT operations and business.

4 steps to turn on simple BSM in your system

We have written down 4 simple steps on how you can turn on simple BSM in your system by implementing BSM logic to increase the understanding between IT and business.

Read the How To

How to build a BSM bridge between IT and businessThis white paper details how to build a Business Service Management logic and rule sets to increase the understanding between IT and business by showcasing a company running a web-shop.

Download the white paper

op5 Monitor 6.3 Beta available!

Today we have released op5 Monitor 6.3 Beta. op5 Monitor 6.3 includes new upgrades and new features that will assist you in your day to day work.  To get all the details in the upcoming op5 Monitor 6.3 read the op5 Monitor 6.3 Beta blog-post or the release notes, you can download your Beta version from our website as well. We gladly accept feedback so if you have any comments do not hesitate to contact us.

Read the op5 Monitor 6.3 Beta blog-post

Go to Beta download page

Tips & Trix from Knowledge base

Configure Poller behind NAT. This How-to describes how to configure a Poller that is located behind a nat-firewall.

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Tips & Trix from Knowledge Base

This article shows how to graph the total amount of services. Really handy if you want to follow up on number of incidents.

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Tips & Trix from Knowledge Base

In order to use the check_esx3 plugin with op5 Monitor you will need to install the VMware vSpeher SDK for Perl API.

Learn more

op5 Monitor Basic training course

This in an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need, to setup and configure an op5 Monitor installation.

Learn more

op5 Monitor Advanced training course

Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you through advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in to op5 Monitor.

Learn more

 

How to catch time thieves with a good monitoring system

IT operations has a fast growing challenge – there is never enough time. We have installed a large number of monitoring systems during the years and we have come across some great ideas on how organizations can catch time thieves. We want to share with you a few examples of where and how you can find time thieves lurking around in everyday IT operations.

So – finding time and by that finding extra resources is a very fast rewarding investment.

Find out how you can catch these time thieves

Academic program guest lecture

A few weeks back we had a guest lecture for the students at the Linnaeus University in Kalmar. It was a great event and we want to thank the students and the viewers who watched the Live streaming. We did a three hour LIVE broadcast where we talked about IT monitoring and open source. If you are interested in joining our academic program, please click here

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City Network accelerate reach with TV advertising

Throughout February, our partner City Network will send a TV commercial and this is in connection with a great promotion on .SE and .NU-domains. City Network is a Swedish hosting company that provide hosting and domain services for both small and large corporations as well as individuals. 

Watch the commercial (in Swedish)

Tips & Trix from Knowledge base

How to install VMware vSpehere SDK for Perl 5.1. In order to use the check_esx3 plugin with op5 Monitor you will need…

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Tips & Trix from Knowledge Base

Sending results using query handler. This article describes how to use the query handler to send passive results to op5 Monitor.

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Tips & Trix from Knowledge Base

Monitoring Dell servers. Dell server hardware can be remotely monitored via SNMP.

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Webinar: At the doorstep of op5 Monitor

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For all new users and fans of op5 Monitor – Create an account and join our webinar: At the doorstep to op5 Monitor. We will guide you through the first steps in op5 Monitor and highlight a few main areas in a live demo. Focus of this webinar is to deliver a technical and business level overview.

Read more and create an account here

20/02/2014, 15:00 – 20/00/2014, 15:30

op5 Monitor Basic training course

This in an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need, to setup and configure an op5 Monitor installation.

Learn more

op5 Monitor Advanced training course

Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you through advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in to op5 Monitor.

Learn more

 

 

 

Catching time thieves

First, we would like to thank everyone for being a valued member and reader off op5 Newsletter in 2013! This year we will share our thoughts and ideas on a few topics in our blog. We are starting of by addressing thieves, time thieves.

“Imagine being two hour late for work every day, no matter when you show up at work – that is the unfortunate situation in many IT operations today. So – finding time and by that finding extra resources is a very fast rewarding investment…”

Stay tuned for our blog-series in the beginning of February about Catching Time Thieves!

Go to op5 blog

LIVE guest lecture!

Tomorrow at 13.15 we will be broadcasting LIVE from our guest lecture at Linnaes University in Kalmar. We believe that giving students a glance of how the real IT world works and at the same time raise interest for the industry and the open source community is a good way to prepare student for the future.

Go to LIVE channel

50 000 servers created!

Our partner City Cloud reached a huge milestone a few weeks back. Since the start in late 2009 over 50 000 servers have been created which makes City Cloud the leading IaaS in Europe. City Network has over 25000 customers around the world and is growing steadily.

Read the article

Webinar: At the doorstep of op5 Monitor

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For all new users and fans of op5 Monitor – Create an account and join our webinar: At the doorstep to op5 Monitor. We will guide you through the first steps in op5 Monitor and highlight a few main areas in a live demo. Focus of this webinar is to deliver a technical and business level overview.

Read more and create an account here

29/01/2014, 15:00 – 29/01/2014, 15:30

Tips & Trix from Knowledge base

How op5 Monitor used with Check VMware API plug-in can be used to monitor your VMware ESX(i) and vCenter servers.

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Tips & Trix from Knowledge Base

How op5 Monitor can be used with check_libvirt plug-in for agentless monitoring of resource usage on a KVM installation.

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Tips & Trix from Knowledge Base

Running op5 Monitor in a virtual environment. op5 packages a ready-built Virtual Appliance system (vAPS).

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op5 Monitor Basic training course

This in an introduction course for all op5 Monitor users. Our professional instructors use a combination  of theory and hands-on lab exercises to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to setup, configure an op5 Monitor installation.

Learn more

op5 Monitor Advanced training course

Take your network monitoring skills a step further and realize more of the possibilities offered by op5 Monitor. This course will take you through advanced monitoring of services and applications, also how you can create your own, customized plug-in to op5 Monitor.

Learn more