How To Install Server Room Monitoring and Alerting in 40 Minutes (Or Less!)

Installing a server room monitoring solution is quick, easy and can save you a huge amount of money in downtime and lost revenue. Every server room monitoring requirement is different but for those with a small server room looking to monitor temperature, humidity & perhaps an additional alarm sensor, we think it’s reasonable to expect installation to take around 40 minutes and without the need for any specialist tools/knowledge.

For more complex installations, with additional sensor and cabling requirements, we work with resellers and partners worldwide to offer additional installation services if required.

The steps below relate to our interSeptor device but the process is similar for the rest of the range.

Step 1 – 10 minutes – Physically install device and sensors

The interSeptor is small enough that it can be located in any available space within your rack though it can also be supplied with a 19” rackmount kit if preferred. The device is connected to your network using standard cat5 cable. The small, combined temperature & humidity sensor is connected to the device using cat5 cable of up-to 80m in length. Velcro and screw fixings allow the sensor to be mounted where required. Any additional sensors connect directly to the screw terminals on the temperature/humidity sensor using the integrated interface cable.

Step 2 – <5 minutes – Connect to the device web-browser interface

The interSeptor is supplied with DHCP enabled. To connect to the device, simply run the software utility found on the supplied CD on any computer connected to the local network and select ‘Browse’ when the device is located. This will open up the interSeptor web-browser interface in your browser of choice. You can then easily configure your chosen IP settings and disable DHCP so the interSeptor network settings will remain static.

Step 3 – 10 minutes – Configure sensor thresholds

The user-defined temperature & humidity thresholds chosen will depend on many factors including the design of your IT environment and the type of equipment housed within. You may wish to follow industry guidelines or you could analyse collected data and set the thresholds around these (click here for further information). Setting the thresholds for other sensors such as water leak, security or power is easy as the sensor will either be in an alarm state or a normal state.

Step 4 – 10 minutes – Configure alerting methods and procedures

Setting up email alerts for your interSeptor is straightforward. Simply enter your SMTP mail details and add your chosen email recipients. Alerts can be sent to up-to 12 contacts in the event of an alarm. Users can decide whether the recipients receive alerts to Warning and/or Critical alarms. It is also possible to send specific recipients a Daily Status report for analysis and auditing purposes.

Step 5 – Optional – 5-10 minutes – Setup additional optional features

Whilst not required for the device to monitor your environment and send alerts, there are other settings that can be configured to provide additional functionality. For example, users can configure an alarm schedule so that alerts are only sent during certain time periods and setup access control for security and NMS integration purposes.

Once installed, your interSeptor will silently monitor your critical IT environments and alert you to any potential threats to your network.

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