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Free Network Automated Testing System comes with a slew of features such as Web Size, Web Time, MySQL Rows and MySQL Time. This is in addition to the regular network monitoring features such as Ping, IMAP/SMTP monitoring, TCP port monitoring and DNS Lookup. It can alert users of anomalies through email and SMS. FreeNATS is available in two versions: as a PHP source and as a virtual appliance. Let's look at its virtual appliance that can be downloaded from www.purplepixie. org/freenats/download.php. Open the virtual appliance using a VMware player. Open a browser and type the IP address shown on the FreeNATS console. This will open FreeNATS web interface. Login with Admin as username and password. Here we show how you could create a Web Size monitor which returns time taken by a web server to respond.

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Provide the details of the node that you are going to monitor. Check Enabled, Alerts Active and Ping Test options and click on Save Node Settings. Next go to the Node Tests option and click on Add Test drop down menu. Here, choose ' Web Size' test and click on 'Create Test.'


Under the URL option provide the URL you want to monitor, check Test Enabled and Recorded option and click on 'Save Test Settings.' In the Local Tests menu under the Monitor page, click on History to view detailed reports of the monitor created. You can also choose the timeframe for which you want to see the stats.
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