Each IT environment is unique.  And while monitoring solutions often provide hundreds of agents to monitor different aspects of your environment (or take an agentless approach)—there is always a need to customize your monitoring solution to fit your IT environment.  Sometimes, this is done through configuration changes. However, configuration changes usually only get you so far.  At some point— you may need to do some sort of custom development to your monitoring solution.  But ask yourself, how easily can I do such development—and at what cost?

Immediately—you hear custom development and the first thing that comes to mind is money, lots and lots of money spent on consultants and developers.  While there’s no doubt that you could go this route—your monitoring solution should be adaptable enough to handle some custom development without all that cost.  Well, I’m happy to report that AppManager is such a flexible solution!

In fact—with AppManager—you have a few options for customizing and developing your monitoring solution.  The first option is actually developing your own monitoring module.  Many customers fail to realize that they can build their own monitoring module—allowing them to monitor various Windows applications that aren’t already supported natively through existing modules.  The catch here: it’s a Windows-only approach.  So if you’re trying to monitor Linux-based applications, you’ll have to look for a different solution.  But if you’re looking to monitor Windows-based applications that NetIQ doesn’t have a module for, you’ve struck gold. AppManager Module Builder takes a fairly GUI-centric approach that makes developing your custom module down from days to hours

For those wanting to do actual development at a more programming level—there are a few options.  Most notable is using the Microsoft Visual Studio development environment. This approach, developed through a NetIQ partner, SdNcenter, allows you to engage in the DevOps process on this widely popular framework.  Their .NetKS offering uses the latest vendor-supported client libraries and modern programming languages (.NET C#) to monitor modern, on-premises and cloud systems as well as PaaS/IaaS infrastructures (i.e. Hadoop, Azure, AWS, Docker, etc.)

In fact, you can register for a free webinar about the .NetKS solution delivered by SdNcenter with the help of Micro Focus.

These two approaches can help you customize and develop to your AppManager solution without too much trouble.  And customizing and developing to your IT monitoring solution means it can do an even better job of delivering the information and alerts you need to keep your IT environment running smoothly.

So don’t be afraid to customize and develop!  It may be easier than you think!

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By: wheaps
Sep 27, 2017
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