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How To setup MonitorWare Console 2.0

Article created 2004-04-22 by Tamsila-Q-Siddique.

After installation, once MonitorWare Console 2.0 is started, a dialog box similar to the one shown below would be displayed.


Figure 1: MonitorWare Console: Startup Dialog Box

The default user name is "admin" and password is nothing (as shown above). Please note that the password is not the word "nothing" but actually it is empty. Once a user enters into the application, this password can be changed.

At the bottom left corner of this dialog box, there are two links "Edit Settings" and "License Options" The latter one is self-explanatory. If you click on it, a license dialog appears where you can view or change your license key and license name. There is also a link to order the product directly via our online ordering system. Please note that MonitorWare Console has Modular Licensing now. For getting more details on License, please see License Options.


Figure 2: License options Dialogue Box

The other link in the login dialog, "Edit Settings" is used if the user wants to change the database connection or other settings. Currently MonitorWare Console supports Microsoft Access, SQL Server and MySQL. Once the above mentioned link is clicked, a dialog box, as shown in figure, will pop up. Using this dialog box, the user can change the underlying database or other settings.


Figure 3: Dialog Box to change the underlying database or log file

Display Login Dialog at Startup
If checked the dialog box in figure 2 appears every time at the startup of the MonitorWare Console application. If unchecked it will directly take you into the Monitorware Console main application without displaying Figure 1.

DSN
This field is mandatory. This will point to the DSN of the database which will store all the settings related to the MontitorWare Console . And later on this will work as the underlying database to which MonitorWare Console is connected.

Edit
This options opens up a dialog box for creating the DSN. A dialog similar to the one displayed opens where you can configure the settings according to your environment.


Figure 4: Dialog Box to create a DSN

Once the provider and the connection has been selected, Test Connection button can test whether the connection with the specified database has been established or not.

If the dialog box, as shown in figure 5, is displayed, it means that the connection with the specified database has been set up properly and the user can proceed further by pressing the OK button.


Figure 5: Success dialog

On the other hand, if a dialog box, as shown in figure 6 is displayed, it means that there is something wrong and the connection with the mentioned database has not been established.


Figure 6: Connection Failure Dialog Box

User Name
This option allows you to configure the User Name for connecting to the database.

Password
This option allows you to configure the Password for connecting to the database.

Note: If you had created the DSN with the "Windows Integerated Security", then you don't need to give any user name or password.

Generate Reports on data coming from database
If this option is checked then in Windows Reporting Module and Pix Reporting Module the reports would be generated on the basis of the underlying database. We have provided this option so that if your main data on which you want to generate reports is present in some other database, then you can give its DSN over here.

Generate Reports on data coming from the following file
If this option is checked then in Windows Reporting Module and Pix Reporting Module the reports would be generated on the basis of the configured log files and not on any database

Log File Prefix
This option allows you to enter the prefix of the log files that have been generated by our other products. MonitorWare Console will go in the specified path and will look for files starting with this prefix.

Log File Path
This option allows you to enter the path of the folder which contain the log files.

Browse
This option will open a dialog box from where you can select the path of the log files. A dialog similar to the one below opens up.


Figure 7: Browse - Select Folder Form

Log File Naming
This option allows you to select the naming convention for your log files. Options available are:

1). Adiscon(LogPrefix-yyyy-mm-dd.log)
2). Single

Type of Parser
This option allows you to select the type of the parser used for parsing the log files. Options available are:

1). Adiscon Parser for PIX
2). Adiscon Parser for XML

Note: If you are interested in PIX Reports then choose Adiscon Parser for PIX. If you are interested in Windows Report then choose Adiscon Parser for XML.

OK
Saves the settings and quits the form.

Cancel
Quits the form without saving the settings.

Note: Please note that the settings for this dialog box are global settings. It means that whenever you open up any report, it will be opened up with these settings. You can overwrite these settings for each report on individual basis.

After saving the settings, click on OK. This will take you back to Figure 1. After setting up the database or the log file, the OK button in the top most figure will take the user inside the MonitorWare Console application. There could be following Six cases that can happen when starting MonitorWare Console.

Case 1: Your login and password is validated and is correct and there is no update required for the underlying database that you set in Figure 3. If this is the case, you will enter MonitorWare Console successfully and you will see a form similar to the one shown below:


Figure 8: Main Form of MonitorWare Console


Case 2: Your login and password fails because you have either entered wrong login and wrong password. If this is the case, you will stay on this dialog box and it will ask you for the correct login and password again. Following message box will be displayed to you:


Figure 9: Login Fail Dialog


Case 3: Your database to which the DSN in figure 3 is pointing to is not a valid DSN. By valid DSN, we mean that the DSN is not pointing to the database that contains SystemEvents table. In this case, you will get the following message box:


Figure 10: Invalid Database

Case 4: Your database to which the DSN in figure 3 is pointing to is valid but you don't have sufficient permissions to query it. In this case, once again a dialog box similar to the one shown in figure 10 will be displayed.

Case 5: You don't have sufficient permissions to write something to the registry. In this case, again a dialog box complaining that you don't have sufficient permissions will be displayed to you.

Case 6: Your login and password is valid and your DSN is pointing to the correct MonitorWare database but the database is old. MonitorWare Console will display you the following message:


Figure 11: Database Update Required Dialog

If you click on Yes, the database will be updated (because console needs some additional tables for house keeping). If you click on No or Cancel, the dialog box will disappear taking you to the main dialog in figure 1.

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