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New (free) tool to assist in configuring FusionReactor datasource monitoring

Note: This blog post is from 2008. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily.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.
Folks using FusionReactor won't want to miss this news. There's a new tool available to help automate the process of configuring CF Admin datasources to be monitored (wrapped) by FusionReactor. What used to be a multi-step manual process is now just a single button.

Check out the JDBC Wrapper Tool. For now it's technically a "community contributed" tool (not in labs, and not from Intergral as a formal product). But it was written by an Intergral employee, Dave Stockton, and the company is very interested in your feedback about it. (Intergral is the company behind FusionReactor and FusionDebug.)

Check out the page for the download, docs, screenshots, a change log, tested databases and CFML server configirations, and more. (And note that it's not just for CF, but is intended to work with others. Railo support is listed coming soon **that's an update from the original post, where I said Railo support was there**.) If you can try it on other DBMSs and CFML servers, they'd welcome that input.

For those who have needed to monitor/wrap datasources, especially many, or on many servers, this is a real gem. Whether you are or not using a supported server, it's worth a few minutes of your time to check things out. I've used it, and it worked great.

For those not sure what this datasource monitoring/wrapping is all about, check out an entry I wrote earlier this year, What is the FusionReactor datasource monitoring feature? Why would I use it? Powerful stuff!. Both that and the docs I link to will give you more info. The datasource monitoring really is really a great tool for troubleshooting and trend analysis.

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Charlie - thanks for the great blog. One thing to note is that it doesn't currently support Railo though I'm working on it and hopefully we'll see Railo support in the next version. There's a lot of features that I can think of but we'd really like to see some feedback from the community. What features are most important to you? What CFML & DBMS combinations are you using with the tool?

All feedback positive & negative appreciated. The easiest way to get us feedback is our BETA feedback form:

# Posted By David Stockton | 11/14/08 1:40 PM
Thanks, David. I've updated the entry with respect to Railo. As for the questions, folks, let 'em know. :-)
# Posted By Charlie Arehart | 11/14/08 2:17 PM
This is awesome! If only it had been around a few months back when I spent hours manually switching DSNs :)
# Posted By John Whish | 11/17/08 8:50 AM
Thanks, Charlie, your mention of the JDBC Wrapper is good timing.
We're looking to use FusionReactor for server monitoring and this additional resource will be very useful.

# Posted By Lisa Wilson | 11/26/08 12:32 AM
@Lisa, happy to help. And be sure to check out the other blog entry whose link I'd offered (and the one it points to), both of which offer other useful info about the JDBC wrapper feature.

@John, yes, I appreciate the challenge of manually configuring a lot of DSNs. I'd long planned to create such a tool, but just never got around to it, so was glad to see the Intergral folks step up and offer it. Big help to all of us.
# Posted By Charlie Arehart | 11/26/08 10:36 AM

Just to let you know I released v0.7 of the tool today. It fixes some bugs with the embedded JavaScript.

Happy Thanksgiving!
# Posted By David Stockton | 11/28/08 5:38 AM
Thanks for the updated, Dave.
# Posted By Charlie Arehart | 11/28/08 9:26 AM
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