POP3 Platform Service

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Monitor a Remote POP3 Service

You can configure a platform service of type "POP3" to report the availability of a remote POP3 service.

Resource Plugin, Functions, and Classes

The POP3 service type is managed by HQ's netservices plugin and performs the following functions:

  • Metric collection using the org.hyperic.hq.plugin.netservices.POP3Collector class.

  • Event tracking using the reportEvent method in the Collector class.

Configure the POP3 Service in HQ

You manually configure a POP3 service on operating system platform types.

  1. Navigate to the platform whose Agent will monitor the service.

  2. Select New Platform Service from the Tools menu.

  3. On New Service page, enter a name for the service and select "POP3" from the Service Type pull-down.

  4. Supply all required values on the Configuration Properties page. Configuration options are defined below in POP3 Configuration Options.

Configuration Properties Page

The Configuration Properties page for the POP3 service type is shown below.

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POP3 Configuration Options

The tables below document the options in the configuration schema for the POP3 service type.

Note:
These default option values are defined by properties in the netservices plugin descriptor:

  • port to 110

  • sslport to 995

<option> name

description

default

optional

type

Notes

Parent Schema

ssl

Use SSL

false

true

boolean

ssl

hostname

Hostname

localhost

false

Hostname of system that hosts the service to monitor. For example: mysite.com

sockaddr

port

Port

A default value for port is usually set for each type of network service by properties in the netservices plugin descriptor.

false

Port where service listens.

sockaddr

sotimeout

Socket Timeout (in seconds)

10

true

int

The maximum amount of time the agent will wait for a response to a request to the remote service.

sockaddr

name

description

default

optional

type

Notes

Parent Schema

user

Username

true

Supply if target site is password-protected.

credentials

pass

Password

true

secret

Supply if target site is password-protected.

credentials

Metrics

  • Availability - A POP3 service is reported to be available if the agent can connect to the POP3 server, and the POP3 server's response is of type "+OK".

  • Connection Metrics

    • All Inbound Connections - Number of inbound connections of all types to the service.

    • All Outbound Connections - Number of outbound connections of all types from the service.

    • Inbound Connections - Number of inbound TCP connections to the service.

    • Outbound Connections - Number of outbound TCP connections from the service.

  • Response Time - The time it took to determine service availability.

  • TCP connection state metrics - The number of connections in each connection state is reported:

    • CLOSE_WAIT

    • CLOSED

    • ESTABLISHED

    • FIN_WAIT_1

    • FIN_WAIT_2

    • LAST_ACK

    • LISTEN

    • SYN_RECEIVED

    • SYN_SEND

    • TIME_WAIT

For definitions of TCP connection states, see RFC 793.

POP3 Monitoring Defaults Page

You can enable and disable metrics, select indicator metrics, and change the collection interval for a resource type on its Monitoring Defaults page. To navigate to a resource type's Monitoring Defaults page:

  1. Click the Administration tab.

  2. Click Monitoring Defaults.

  3. Scroll down to the resource type and click Edit Metric Template.

The Monitoring Defaults page for the POP3 service type is shown below:

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Event Tracking

You can enable log tracking for a network service. If you do, the agent will log an event for responses that match the criteria you specify.

To enable log tracking, click the Enable Log Tracking box in the Monitoring section of the Configuration Properties page.

For information about HQ log tracking functionality and configuration options, and how to view log events, see Set Up Log Tracking for a Resource.