Twitter notifications to stop working on 2018-08-15

Twitter API changes set for August 16, 2018 will result in NodePing no longer being able to reliably send direct message notifications. The new API endpoint allows only 5 DMs per user per 24 hours. If you’d like to receive NodePing notifications via direct message, please consider letting twitter know how these changes affect you.

NodePing has many other notification methods available.

Probe Server Changes [DE] and Removal [AM]

The following probe will be removed on 2018/07/12:

Melbourne, Australia (AM) – AU
(103.207.28.11 / 2404:2780:0:1::21)

The following probe server will be changing IP addresses on 2018/07/12:

Frankfurt, Germany (DE) – DE

(5.1.70.107 / 2a00:f820:26::10)
to
(54.36.110.96 / 2001:41d0:700:1360::10)

 

Please adjust your firewalls appropriately if you whitelist so your checks do not fail because of the probe IP address changes.

An always current and updated list of all the IP addresses for our probe servers can be found in the FAQ, a text file, and via DNS query, probes.nodeping.com.

 

[UPDATE – 2018-07-12 17:30GMT-6] – IP changes and probe removal complete.

Threaded Notification Emails

We have a new feature to make it easier to keep track of email notifications. Previously, each email notification started a new email thread or conversation, even if it was just reported that a formerly reported down check was now up. Now, our Business and Provider plans have the option of grouping these emails together through Branding. If you got a “Host Down” email, for example, you can set the “Host Up” message to be sent as a reply to the original email. This feature was made with the goal of keeping track of email notifications easier.

On the back end, we’ve added message references to our emails so your email client knows that the “Up” message is related to the “Down” message.

However, not all email systems will identify that messages are related to each other just based on the “reply-to” and “references” ID’s.  For gmail and some other email services, in order to enable this feature,  you’ll need to adjust your NodePing settings to make your up and down email subject lines identical.  To do this, first login to your NodePing account. Then go to the Account settings tab, then the Branding tab under it.  All you need to do to receive your up and down emails on the same thread is set their subject lines to match. Scroll down to Up Notifications: Email “Message Subject:”and set it to match Down Notification: Email’s “Message Subject:”, or vice versa. Or, you could set their subject line to be something else entirely; the important thing is that they are identical.

By the way, the notification branding lets you do a lot more besides just make the subject lines match for message threading.  You can customize what your notifications say and what information is included.  There’s more information about this powerful feature in our documentation.

We hope you find this feature helpful. If you haven’t tried NodePing yet, you can get a free fifteen-day trial here. If you have questions or comments, email us at support@nodeping.com.

Bulk Edit for Checks

Many of our customers have requested the ability to edit a large amount of checks at once. Previously, we have suggested using the API to edit checks, and while that still is a good option, we are glad to announce that we have enabled bulk check editing on our website as well. *Throws party* *Throws confetti* *Throws spaghetti*

Bulk Edit ScreenshotSigning into your account at https://nodeping.com/login.html will bring you to the homepage, where you can simply tick off the checks you want to edit, or check off the box at the top next to “Type” to select every check currently displayed on the list at once.

Then press “Bulk Edit”, next to the “Check Status” and “Add new check” button. If you forget to select any checks before pressing “Bulk Edit”, a pop-up will gently but firmly and lovingly remind you tick the checkboxes.

For Bulk Edits the dialog will show settings that you can set on all of the checks you selected.  Only check properties that are common for the selected checks are shown. As a result, you’ll typically have the ability to modify the most properties if the checks you have selected are all of the same check type.

Some fields in the Bulk Edit dialog may say “[Various Values]”.  Leaving these fields as they are will leave all of the checks you’re editing with their individual values for that field.

One important thing to note is that changing notifications will change all of the notification settings on all of the checks to whatever you set in the dialog.  This isn’t additive, so it doesn’t merge different notification settings. It replaces the existing notification settings with the notifications you select in the Bulk Edit.

After you have changed the checks, press “save” and the checks will be automatically updated with your changes.

Hopefully you will find Bulk Edits helpful. To contact us, email us at support@nodeping.com. If you don’t have a NodePing account, you can sign up for our free 15-day trial by clicking the link.

 

Import Script for NodePing

Moving your uptime monitoring to NodePing is now even easier.

We have a fresh Node.js script that will import your checks from Pingdom, StatusCake, or Uptime Robot. *

The script will create contacts, checks, and configure notifications in NodePing to match your current provider.

The script and instructions on how to implement it can be found on our GitHub page. Some services don’t map to NodePing’s features very well so be sure to look at the known limitations section.

If you don’t see your current provider supported by our import script, please let us know and we’ll do our best to get it added.

Don’t have a NodePing account yet? You can sign up for a free, 15-day trial at https://nodeping.com

* service names are trademarked and belong to their respective owners.

Probe Server Changes [AU, AZ] Removal [CH, MO] and Addition [PL]

The following probe servers will be changing IP addresses on 2018/06/06:

Phoenix, Arizona (AZ) – USA is changing from
(104.245.105.2 / 2602:ff97:0:2:225:90ff:fee5:b89)
to
(107.152.108.14 / 2607:f7a0:1:2:225:90ff:fee2:42da)

Sydney, Australia – AU is changing from
(103.25.58.108 / 2406:d501::3f02:2574)
to
(139.99.130.48 / 2402:1f00:8100:230::10)

We’re also adding a new probe to the European region on 2018/06/06:
Warsaw, Poland – PL
(217.182.201.227 / 2001:41d0:602:4e3::10)

The following probes are being removed on 2018/06/06:

Kansas City, Missouri (MO) – USA
(63.141.244.242 / 2604:4300:a:9d:202:c9ff:fec0:da0e)

Zurich, Switzerland (CH) – CH
(5.102.145.51 / 2a06:c01:1:1102::9133:51)

Please adjust your firewalls appropriately if you whitelist so your checks do not fail because of the probe IP address changes.

An always current and updated list of all the IP addresses for our probe servers can be found in the FAQ, a text file, and via DNS query, probes.nodeping.com.

 

[UPDATE – 2018-06-06 13:20GMT-6] – IP changes and probe addition complete.

Telegram Notifications

This post will provide instructions on how to get NodePing notifications via Telegram using NodePing Webhooks and Telegram Bots.  Webhooks are available in our Business and Provider plans.

The Telegram Bot system is very useful for integrating with Telegram. Nodeping webhooks work seamlessly with the Telegram Bot to send ‘down’ and ‘up’ notifications. It’s a great alternative to SMS that is also cross-platform.

First, you will need to set up a Telegram account for yourself if you haven’t already. This can be done by getting the app on your mobile device or computer (there are Windows/macOS/Linux clients, as well as unofficially supported for FreeBSD). A working phone number will be required to set up an account.

Next, you need to create your own Telegram Bot.  To do this, you’ll have to to chat with Telegram’s own BotFather (a bot that creates other bots – the end is nigh!) You can find it by typing “@BotFather” into the user search bar in Telegram. Once you have started a chat with it, you will be prompted with a message from the BotFather.

Create your own bot by simply typing “/newbot” and following the instructions that are given. Here is a screenshot of what setting up a new bot setup looks like:

That long token is important.

Now that you have your new Telegram Bot and token, you’ll need to get the ChatID for the user or channel you want to send notifications to. This can be done by starting a chat with your new bot inside Telegram. You would start the chat like you did with BotFather, by typing in @nameofyourbot followed by sending “/start” to the bot. With that done, you can get the ChatID by visting the URL that shows your bot’s updates.  That URL will look like:

https://api.telegram.org/bot<your-secret-bot-token>/getUpdates

Plop that in your browser and you’ll get back some text – JSON formatted text.

The reply is the updates for your Telegram bot, which should only include the chat your telegram user started with the bot a few seconds ago. Look through the JSON response for the ChatID. It will be a random looking number thing.

Now that you have the ChatID, you’ll need to configure a new Webhook in NodePing. Log in and go to the Contacts tab. Add a new contact and give it a name – like “Telegram Bot”. Select the “Webhook” notification type and change the action to “POST”. Enter the following value in the URL field (replacing <your-secret-bot-token> with… you know, your bot token):

https://api.telegram.org/bot<your-secret-bot-token>/sendMessage

Next, in the Headers section add a new key called “Content-Type” and the value of “application/json”. It should look like this:

Then click on the the Body section.  In the text area, you need to add the following JSON.

{“chat_id”:<your-ChatID>,”text”:”NodePing: – {label}: {type} is {event}”}

Then save your newly minted webhook.  It’s ready to be added to the notification section of your checks.

Now you can receive NodePing notifications via Telegram!

Your alerts will look something like this.

Telegram bots have a lot more functionality that you can read about.  NodePing webhooks can also do a lot more, like templating and conditional statements, which you can read about.

If you need help getting things working right, please let us know at support@nodeping.com.  If you don’t yet have a NodePing account, please sign up for our free 15-day trial.