Altium Concord Pro includes a comprehensive server health monitoring system that allows Administrators to quickly ascertain and analyze the condition, or ‘health’ of a Concord Pro server. The health monitor is available from the Admin section of the server browser interface (the Server Health page), or as a standalone executable tool that is included in the Concord Pro installation on its host PC (the Server Health Monitor tool).
The server health feature delivers a visual summary of the state of Concord Pro's configuration and services, information on the host machine's system resources, and also provides access to server status reports and log files. This provides an immediate overview of the server's status, which allows administrators to preemptively detect and resolve any issues that may affect Concord Pro users.
Each approach to monitoring the server's health and status has its own distinct advantage:
avhealth.exe) is accessible regardless of the state of the server, and will therefore provide crucial data and information in the unlikely event that the server is not fully functioning.
Within Concord Pro's browser interface, select Admin » Health in the main menu to access the Server Health reporter page, which will indicate the overall status of the server installation at the time stamp reference shown in the top Status section of the page (
Updated at: <timestamp>).
The Server Health page information is periodically updated (as indicated by the Status time stamp), but an update may be triggered on-demand with the associated refresh status link.
As a highlighted overview of the server status, the Server Health page provides distinct warning/error icons and associated descriptions for status entries of concern. Common alerts include overdue data backups, pending license expiries, an active admin/admin user account, or detected error entries in a log file:
While any Performance and System issues are likely to be addressed by improving the server host PC's available resources and infrastructure, problems in the Environment and configuration section of the Server Health page can generally be resolved using the features and tools available to server administrators:
LogLevel=entry in the General section of the
LocalVault.inifile, located in the server's installation folder on the host PC.
avbackup.exetool, available in the
Tools\BackupToolfolder within the server installation on the host PC.
The performance of both the server and host PC are tested and summarized (in the Performance and System sections), and report logs made available for generation and download:
As an adjunct to the Server Health page outlined above, the Altium Concord Pro installation includes a detailed Health Monitor executable tool that allows Administrators to quickly ascertain and analyze the condition, or ‘health’ of a local Concord Pro server. Provided as a stand-alone, independent application, the Health Monitor delivers a visual summary of the state of the host machine, and the Concord Pro server's configuration and Services.
The tool also includes context related hints, information and paths to important locations and log files, which allows administrators to preemptively detect and resolve any issues that may affect Concord Pro users. Since it operates as an independent entity that queries the Concord Pro server and its host system, the Health Monitor will deliver crucial data and information even in the unlikely event that the server is not fully functioning.
The Health Monitor presents Concord Pro status information via a simple GUI, and in general terms, covers the following critical areas:
In a default installation of Altium Concord Pro, the Health Monitor tool can be found in the
\Program Files (x86)\Altium\
Altium Concord Pro\Tools\HealthMonitor folder as the
avhealth.exe executable. Note that the folder also includes a simplified command-line tool:
avConsoleHealth.exe. The installation will also add a Health Monitor shortcut () to the system Desktop.
When the GUI Health Monitor tool (
avhealth.exe) is run, the program immediately interrogates the Concord Pro server and its hosting systems to populate the main Health Monitor Dashboard screen – as selected (by default) in the upper tabs. Click the Refresh button () in the top title bar to retrigger the process and update the screen.
The status of each item in the Dashboard is indicated by a message and associated icon:
Hover the mouse over an item’s status for more information. For an Error or Warning that is shown in the Dashboard, further details are (in most cases) available by clicking the status entry for that item. The following image demonstrates a failure of the server's Acquisition service, while all other services are OK.
Many of the Error/Warning conditions detected by the Concord Pro Health Monitor offer links intended to help resolve the situation. These are included in the item’s detailed information, available when clicking on its status entry.
In the above example screen on the left, the Health Monitor has detected that Concord Pro data has not been backed up. The associated information provides a link to documentation that will help to resolve the situation.
The example screen on the right (above) indicates that the server's default
admin/admin sign in credentials still exists, which poses a significant security risk. The Fix It link in the associated information directly accesses the server's sign-in page through the browser interface. Once signed in, this default Administrator User profile can be corrected.
The Health Monitor’s Log Browser screen, accessed by the Log Browser tab, presents Error and Warning entries from all of the server’s available Log files – normally located in the
C:\ProgramData\Altium\ConcordProData\logs folder. To view details about a specific event entry click its associated ellipsis icon (•••). To view the log file that contains the event entry, select the Open file link or simply double-click on the entry itself.
The cumulative event entries in the list are sectioned by date and will include all Error/Warning events that are available from all log files. To find specific events, choose a time period from the Show logs drop-down menu, and/or use the dynamic filter field () to search for key words within the Subsystem and Message columns.
Select the button to remove the accumulated log entries from the Log Browser list – this will archive then delete all existing log files.
The Health Monitor’s Status Report screen, accessed by the Status Report tab, is used to generate and display Concord Pro status report files. The generated reports collate all the event debug information in a single Zip archive (
*.zip) that can be sent, if necessary, to Altium Developers.
To create a report, select an appropriate event time period from the Include Logs drop-down menu, enter your contact details and select the sharing agreement, and then initiate the process with the button.