New East Asia/Oceania Region

We’re excited to announce we’re adding a new check region and probe servers in East Asia/Oceania to the NodePing server monitoring service.

The new region will be brought online and available for selection starting January 6, 2014. With this new addition, NodePing now has three distinct check regions, North America (NAM), Europe (EUR), and East Asia/Oceania (EAO).
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The new probe servers are located in:

  • Sydney, Australia [AU]
  • Singapore [SG]
  • Hong Kong [HK]
  • Tokyo, Japan [JP]

IP addresses for the new probe servers can be found in the FAQ. Any questions can be directed at support(at)nodeping.com

[UPDATE – 2014-01-06 08:52GMT-7] – All four new probe servers in the EAO region are online and operational.

 

IP Address Changes – [LD]

Our probe server in London, United Kingdom [LD] will be changing IP addresses on 2013/12/09:
LD will change from 109.73.168.10 to 5.2.16.253.

No data loss is expected. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please adjust your firewalls appropriately so your checks are not blocked.

A current and updated list of all the IP addresses for our probe servers can be found in the FAQ.

[UPDATE – 2013-12-09 13:29GMT-7] – LD IP address change complete

IP Address Changes – [CA]

Our probe server in California [CA] will be changing IP addresses on 2013/11/21:
CA will change from 173.254.226.131 to 98.143.145.67

No data loss is expected. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please adjust your firewalls appropriately so your checks are not blocked.

A current and updated list of all the IP addresses for our probe servers can be found in the FAQ.

[UPDATE – 2013-11-21 20:26GMT-6] – CA IP address change complete

Adding Probe to EUR Region – CZ

As more of you are finding NodePing a great value for server monitoring, we’re needing to expand. Growth is good!

We’re adding an additional probe server to our European region on 2013-11-06.

Zlin, Czech Republic (CZ) – CZ (50.7.228.37)

Please update your firewalls appropriately.

We’d love to hear what locations or regions you’d like to see NodePing probe servers. Leave a comment below.

[UPDATE – 2013-11-06 14:33GMT-6] – Probe server is up and running

IP Address Changes – [NJ, CA, LD, NL, DE]

Our probe servers in the following locations will be changing IP addresses on 2013/10/01:
NJ will change from 108.61.56.241 to 192.3.25.36
CA will change from 173.255.243.111 to 173.254.226.131
LD will change from 89.32.145.126 to 109.73.168.10
NL will change from 46.249.33.15 to 176.56.238.119
DE will change from 78.47.40.108 to 130.255.191.151

No data loss is expected. There may be a few minute delay when any of your checks running on the current probe servers are moved to the new ones.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please adjust your firewalls appropriately so your checks do not fail because the probe IP addresses are blocked.

An always current and updated list of all the IP addresses for our probe servers can be found in the FAQ.

[UPDATE – 2013-10-01 20:12GMT-6] – All IP changes have completed

HTTP Advanced Check

Our HTTP checks for website monitoring at NodePing already include our standard HTTP Check, the HTTP Content Check that lets you verify that specific content is present or is not present in the page, and the HTTP Parse Check that allows you to track and alert on arbitrary data points in the response. Today we’re excited to announce that we’re adding the HTTP Advanced Check to our HTTP line up.

The new HTTP Advanced Check adds the following capabilities:

  • simulate a form POST to your web site and verify the expected response
  • check for arbitrary HTTP response status codes for custom API servers
  • send HTTP headers
  • verify specific HTTP headers are being received
  • send PUT, DELETE, HEAD, TRACE, or CONNECT methods

This will allow you to do more in-depth monitoring of your HTTP services. Use cases may include:

  • POST incorrect credentials to log in pages and verify the HTTP status code of 403 is returned.
  • Send mobile browser User-Agent headers and use the content checking to verify the mobile version of your site is being shown
  • Verify a PDF link is returning a PDF file by checking the return header for the correct ‘Content-Type’:’application/pdf’
  • Verify your redirect script is returning a 302 status code and not an error.

Additional information about this new check type can be found in our documentation.

The HTTP Advanced check is now available on all NodePing accounts. All accounts also include unlimited notifications, including international SMS. If you don’t have a NodePing account yet, please sign up for our free 15-day free trial.

IP Address Changes – [TX and NJ]

Our probe servers in Texas [TX] and New Jersey [NJ] will be changing IP addresses on 2013/04/02:
TX will change from 69.164.201.21 to 204.11.60.100
NJ will change from 96.126.109.97 to 108.61.56.241

No data loss is expected. There may be a few minute delay when any of your checks running on the current probe servers are moved to the new ones.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please adjust your firewalls appropriately so your checks are not blocked.

A current and updated list of all the IP addresses for our probe servers can be found in the FAQ.

[UPDATE – 2013-04-02] – The change is complete.

IP Address Change – [NL]

Our probe server in the Netherlands will be changing IP addresses on 2013/01/18:
From 46.249.62.70 to 46.249.33.15

We apologize for any inconvenience. It’s a forced server move from our host there.

Please adjust your firewalls appropriately so your checks are not blocked.

[UPDATE – 2013-01-18] – The change is complete.

SIP Monitoring

If you run SIP servers, you’ll be pleased as punch to know we’ve just released a new SIP server monitoring check just for you. Now you can be alerted if your SIP server goes offline or isn’t responding to SIP commands.

SIP stands for “Session Initiation Protocol,” and refers to a signaling protocol that can run over TCP or UDP and is commonly used for voice and video communications. SIP servers are often the connection points for VOIP calls.

The check does not initiate a call, but rather tests that the the server accepts a SIP connection by sending the OPTIONS command and watching for the response. Even if your server does not support the OPTIONS command and returns an error, this indicates that the server is up and operating, so the check succeeds. You can find more information about this check in our SIP Check documentation.

This new SIP check is available today for all NodePing accounts. If you don’t have a server monitoring account with NodePing yet, head on over and sign up for our free 15-day trial.

RBL Monitoring

What better way to top off our email monitoring enhancements than with a new check type! We’re happy to introduce our RBL check.

RBL, or DNSBL, stands for “Real-time Black List,” and is used to publish the addresses of computers or networks linked to spamming, malware, or other abuses which system administrators may want to block from accessing their networks.

There are hundreds of RBLs in existence, which use a wide array of criteria for listing and delisting of addresses. These may include listing the addresses of zombie computers or other machines being used to send spam, listing the addresses of ISPs who willingly host spammers, or listing addresses which have sent spam to a honeypot system.

If the IP addresses of your servers appear on these RBLs, there’s a good chance you’ll have difficulty interacting with networks that subscribe to these RBLs. For instance, if your SMTP server is listed, you’ll likely be unable to send email to the systems that use the RBL you are listed on.

You can use our new RBL check to ensure that your servers aren’t listed and to receive notifications if they do get listed, allowing you to quickly take steps to remove your addresses from those RBLs. You can find more details about which RBLs we check and how to set them up in our RBL Check documentation.

Adding RBL checking to our already robust email monitoring checks for SMTP, POP3, and IMAP4 will help you sleep at night knowing that email is flowing as it should be.

RBL monitoring checks are available to all NodePing accounts. If you don’t have an account yet, you can sign up for your free 15-day trial of our server monitoring service.