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CheckCentral Summer Updates

August 31, 2015

We're excited to announce that we've released several updates to CheckCentral, including new options for receiving notifications and updated check configuration settings!

Checks

We've added a new option to help you process incoming messages. Advanced matching expressions provide a simple yet powerful way to create conditions that are more complicated or more specific than the existing options. For example, you can now create rules based on the number of occurences of a word or phrase, or to require a one word while excluding another. To see all of the ways you can use complex matches see the documentation.

As well, the thresholds for late message warnings have been expanded to provide additional flexibility for setting up your checks.

CheckCentral Check Edit
CheckCentral Check Edit

Notifications

You can now be notified when CheckCentral does not recognize a new email, to help you stay on top of any message that comes in to your organization. We've also added support to send CheckCentral notifications with Pushbullet and Pushover, so you can get updated more ways than ever!

CheckCentral Notifications
CheckCentral Notifications

More Updates

In addition to these updates, we've also made improvements to CheckCentral's email processing and other behind-the-scenes upgrades to keep everything running smoothly.

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Custom CheckCentral Push Notification Sounds

February 20, 2015

The latest versions of the CheckCentral mobile apps now support custom push notification sounds, so that you can customize your alerts to your liking! The custom notification sounds are available in version 1.4 and up, so if you're not seeing those options in the Settings on the mobile app, switch to the Help page and scroll to the bottom of the page to make sure that you're running 1.4 or higher.

You can set the notification sound for each notification type (Success, Warning, and Failure). For each type, you can choose either the System Default, CheckCentral Default, or a custom notification sound on your device.

To configure the notification sounds:

  1. Open the CheckCentral mobile app
  2. Tap the menu button (top-left)
  3. Tap the Settings item in the menu
  4. Use the buttons on the Settings page to select your notification sounds
  5. Tap the Test button to get a test notification

If you don't receive the test notification when you tap the Test button, scroll to the bottom of the Settings page and tap the Re-register button to try re-registering your device for push notifications.

Customizing Notifications
Customizing Notifications
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Welcome to CheckCentral!

October 6, 2014

We're very excited to introduce CheckCentral, an incredible new way to manage all of your email alerts & notifications! As system administrators, we know the pain of having to wade through a pile of notification emails every day. Trying to set up some sort of system to deal with them within your inbox is a time-consuming and frustrating experience. Worst of all, there's no good way to deal with notification emails that, for whatever reason, never arrive at all. Perhaps a scheduled task on a server doesn't fire properly, and your backup application never starts to backup. That's certainly something you'd like to be made aware of!

To handle that sort of scenario, CheckCentral brings intelligence to email notification management. CheckCentral will know what notifications to expect & when to expect them based on rules you set up. In CheckCentral, these rules are called checks, and these checks are all displayed on your CheckCentral dashboard.

The CheckCentral Dashboard

Using your dashboard, you'll be able to know the status of all your checks immediately. If you'd like to see the dashboard in action, check out our live demo!

How It Works

A common use for CheckCentral is to monitor regular backup jobs. For example, let's say you're using Veeam to backup some virtual machines on a nightly basis. When setting up your check, CheckCentral will display a check-specific email address to use. Simply configure Veaam to send job reports to that email address. In this example, the e-mail address is democorp+veeam@mycheckcentral.cc, so we'll use that as the "To:" address in the Veeam e-mail options.

Veeam Email Configuration
Veeam Email Configuration

Back in CheckCentral, you'll tell CheckCentral how often to expect an email for this check, and how long it should wait for that email before marking the check as failed. In this example, the check email should be arriving every day, and if it hasn't arrived within 6 hours of when it was supposed to (24 hours after the last email arrived) we'll mark the check as failed.

CheckCentral Schedule Configuration
CheckCentral Schedule Configuration

Lastly, we tell CheckCentral how it should determine whether the check has succeeded, failed or should be set to warning. In this example, Veeam puts the status of the backup job right in the subject line, so our rules will look something like this:

CheckCentral Rule Configuration
CheckCentral Rule Configuration

And that's it! CheckCentral now knows to expect an email from Veeam every day, and will only notify you if something requires your attention.

Get Notified

CheckCentral can notify you in a number of ways, including push notifications via our mobile application, text messages and regular old email. In addition, a daily digest email can be sent every day that shows you the current status of your organization. Mobile apps are available for all major platforms, including iOS (via the App Store), Android (via Google Play), Windows Phone (via Windows Store), and Blackberry (via Blackberry World). A complete list of mobile apps is available on our Apps page.

The CheckCentral Mobile App

Team Support

With the Enterprise Edition, you can share your dashboard with your whole team. Each user can set their own notification preferences as well, so only those who need to be notified about specific systems will receive the notifications.

Supports Nearly Everything

CheckCentral works with any application that supports sending email notifications, which turns out to be nearly everything. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Altaro Hyper-V Backup
  • Unitrends Enterprise Backup
  • Acronis Backup
  • Symantec Backup Exec
  • NetXMS
  • PRTG Network Monitor
  • Dell iDRAC
  • Dell OpenManage
  • VMware vCenter
  • ...and more!

Getting Started

To get started with CheckCentral, head over to our signup page, available here. New accounts start with a 14-day trial of our Pro or Enterprise editions so you can explore all of the features that CheckCentral has available. After the trial ends, you can either switch to our free version or subscribe to Pro or Enterprise. Information on our different subscriptions are available on the Subscription page.

Discover a smarter way to manage your email notifications. Get started today!

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