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Tomcat 8 on Debian Jessie with PSI Probe and OpenNMS to monitor performance (Part 3)

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We looked at Tomcat 8 in Part 1 of this series and at PSI Probe as a replacement for the default Tomcat Manager application in Part 2.

Now PSI Probe is great for managing Tomcat and its applications, but it does not actively generate alerts if Tomcat is in difficulty, or any other part of the application stack for that matter, so this is where OpenNMS plugs the gap.

Network Management with OpenNMS If you cut your teeth on the mainframes of the recent past, you will be familiar with network management tools like HP OpenView and IBM Tivoli. These tools are famous for their complexity and cost, so alternatives like Nagios (subsequently forked as Icinga) and OpenNMS emerged as open source alternatives.

OpenNMS is a Java-based, agentless monitoring tool that uses SNMP to monitor devices on the network. It was designed to manage service level agreements, so in addition to fault reporting (with trouble ticketing), it has a large number of service monitors to report against service threshold…

Tomcat 8 on Debian Jessie with PSI Probe and OpenNMS to monitor performance (Part 2)

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In Part 1 of this series of three, I looked at the installation of Tomcat 8 on Debian Jessie. The standard Tomcat Manager web application is limited in functionality, and the look-and-feel is distinctly lacking, so here is PSI Probe instead.

PSI Probe features PSI Probe supplements the basic functionality of Tomcat Manager with a number of very useful features, including:
real-time monitoring of request traffic on the Connectors, from any Remote IP, or per application;viewing of Data Source pool usage, and query execution;monitoring of Logs, with the ability to dynamically change log levels at runtime;viewing the Thread execution stack, with the option of killing threads;dashboards to monitor the JVM, showing memory usage, swap file usage and garbage collection control;and detailed System properties data. PSI Probe is a fork of an older application called Lambda Probe that was last updated in 2006. This is a Lambda Probe:


Installing PSI Probe You have to build PSI Probe from the source…