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My New Youtube Video on the Why and How of Using FR Stack Traces for ColdFusion Troubleshooting

Note: This blog post is from 2014. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
As many of my readers know, I'm a big fan of the FusionReactor server monitor for ColdFusion (and Railo, BlueDragon, Tomcat, and indeed any Java server). I help people use it every day (just like I also help people leverage other CF monitors like the CF Enterprise Server Monitor and SeeFusion).

One of the most important features is the stack tracing feature, used to understand what's holding up a long-running request.

And the folks who make FusionReactor asked me to do a several-minute video demonstrating it, and they have posted it on their youtube channel:

Using Stack Trace feature in FusionReactor Java Monitoring tool

Update: Somehow that video no longer exists, but here's a 15 min video on the FR Crash Protection alerting feature

Stack tracing requests is very important, and I find that most misunderstand what it's about or how to take full advantage of it. I do hope that this quick video helps demystify the feature and makes you look forward to using it!

Of courses, stack tracing is available also in the CF Server Monitor and SeeFusion. I do feel that FusionReactor's UI makes for the simplest and most effective use of the feature. See the video for more.

I'll be mentioning stack tracing of course in my talk at the CF Summit later this week, "Monitoring CF: What are my options and why should I?". Of course, in that talk my focus will be on showing such vital monitoring features across all 3 of the major tools. This video was done for the FR folks, so is specific to them.

Perhaps I'll also do a comparison video of the feature across all 3 some day, as well as on using the alerting features in all three to show how to get such stack traces sent by email when things go amiss.

Anyway, check out the video to learn more, and leave your votes or comments, and do please spread the word about it if you find it helpful.

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As a follow-up, I later did a related video on setting up FR CP alerts ( to get stack traces by email instead, when you may not be on the server to do a stack trace).

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