Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 / Debian 9 / CentOS 7

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PHP Server Monitor is an opensource web-based monitoring tool that checks whether your websites, services, and servers are up. It comes with a web interface where you can manage your services and websites. Also, you can manage users for each server/service with a mobile number and email address.

This guide helps you to install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 / Debian 9 / CentOS 7.

Features

  • Monitor services and websites.
  • Alert over an Email and SMS.
  • Uptime and latency history graphs.
  • User authentication with 2 levels (administrator and regular user).
  • Logs of connection errors, outgoing emails, and text messages.
  • Schedule cron to check your servers automatically.

Requirements

To install PHP Server Monitor, your system must meet the below requirements.

Install PHP Server Monitor

Prerequisites

As said in the requirements, PHP Server Monitor requires PHP 5.3.7+. However, in Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian 9, you would only get PHP 7 in their repository. So, install PHP 5.6 using the steps given in the below link.

READ: Install PHP 5.6 on Ubuntu 16.04 & Debian 9

Go and install the below packages to meet the requirements of PHP Server Monitor.

### Ubuntu 16.04 / Debian 9 ###

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install -y apache2 mariadb-server php5.6 php5.6-curl php5.6-mysql php5..6-cli php5.6-xml wget

### CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 ###

# yum install -y httpd mariadb-server php php-curl php-cli php-mysql php-pdo wget php-xml wget

# systemctl start  mariadb

# systemctl start  httpd

# systemctl enable mariadb

# systemctl enable httpd

Create Database

If you are accessing the MariaDB for the first time, then here is the tutorial on Securing MariaDB.

Login to MariaDB server.

mysql -u root -p

Create a database for the PHP Server Monitor installation.

create database phpmonitordb;

Grant the permission to the new user on the PHP Server Monitor database.

grant all on phpmonitordb.* to 'phpmonitoruser'@'localhost' identified by 'phpmonitorpassword';

Exit from MariaDB shell.

flush privileges;
exit

Configure PHP Server Monitor

Go to apache root directory and download the latest version of PHP Server Monitor package. At the time of writing, the version is v3.2.0.

### Ubuntu 16.04 / Debian 9 ###

$ cd /var/www/html
$ sudo wget https://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/phpservermon/phpservermon/phpservermon-3.2.0.tar.gz

### CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 ###

# cd /var/www/html
# wget https://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/phpservermon/phpservermon/phpservermon-3.2.0.tar.gz

Extract the downloaed file and rename it.

### Ubuntu 16.04 / Debian 9 ###

$ sudo tar -zxvf phpservermon-3.2.0.tar.gz
$ sudo  mv phpservermon-3.2.0 phpservermon

### CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 ###

# tar -zxvf phpservermon-3.2.0.tar.gz
# mv phpservermon-3.2.0 phpservermon

Update the timezone in the php.ini file.

### Ubuntu 16.04 / Debian 9 ###

$ sudo vi /etc/php/5.6/apache2/php.ini

### CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 ###

# vi /etc/php.ini

Set the timezone something like this. Change America/New_York with your time zone. More time zone here.

date.timezone = America/New_York

Create a config.php in the phpservermon directory.

### Ubuntu 16.04 / Debian 9 ###

$ sudo vi /var/www/html/phpservermon/config.php

### CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 ###

# vi /var/www/html/phpservermon/config.php

Paste the below content into the file.

<?php
define('PSM_DB_PREFIX', 'monitor_');
define('PSM_DB_USER', 'phpmonitoruser');
define('PSM_DB_PASS', 'phpmonitorpassword');
define('PSM_DB_NAME', 'phpmonitordb');
define('PSM_DB_HOST', 'localhost');
define('PSM_DB_PORT', '3306');
define('PSM_DEBUG', true);

Change ownership of the directory.

### Ubuntu 16.04 / Debian 9 ###

$ sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/phpservermon

### Ubuntu 16.04 / Debian 9 ###

# chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/phpservermon

Restart the Apache service.

### Ubuntu 16.04 / Debian 9 ###

$ sudo systemctl restart apache2

### CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 ###

# systemctl restart httpd

Firewall (CentOS / RHEL)

Configure the firewall to allow HTTP traffic so that we can access the PHP Server Monitor from external machines.

### FirewallD ###

# firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=http
# firewall-cmd --reload

### IPTables ###

# iptables -I INPUT -m tcp -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT
# service iptables save

Setup PHP Server Monitor

Open up your web browser and point to the URL

http://your.ip.addr.ess/phpservermon

Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 - Installation Wizard
Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 – Installation Wizard

Fill up the details such as username, password, and email for the PHP Server Monitor installation and then click the Install button to begin the installation.

Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 - Account Information
Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 – Account Information

Please check for any errors on this installation page. If there are no errors, then we are good to go.

Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 - Installation
Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 – Installation

Click the Go to your monitor to access the PHP Server Monitor dashboard.

Access PHP Server Monitor

Login with username and password that we created earlier.

Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 - Login Screen
Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 – Login Screen

PHP Server Monitor Dashboard:

Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 - PHP Server Monitor Dashboard
Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 – PHP Server Monitor Dashboard

We will now monitor the service by going to Servers >> Add new.

Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 - Server Check Page
Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 – Server Check Page

Fill up your server information on this page and click Save. For a demo, we will monitor the HTTPS service.

Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 - New Monitoring Check
Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 – New Monitoring Check

Now, the new check has been added to PHP Server Monitor. If you see the below screenshot, none of the services were checked for Last online and Latency. Click on Update to get the status of services.

Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 - Server Check Updated
Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 – Server Check Updated

Now, you should get the Last online and Latency information about all services including your service.

Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 - Updated Status Check
Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 – Updated Status Check

You can also get the history of Latency and uptime information by clicking any service.

Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 - History
Install PHP Server Monitor on Ubuntu 16.04 – History

Schedule Checks on PHP Server Monitor

PHP Server Monitor updates the latest Last online and Latency information only when you click the Update button. To perform an automated check, you need to create a cronjob for this purpose.

vi /etc/crontab

Schedule a job something like this to run every 5 minutes.

*/5 * * * * root /usr/bin/php /var/www/html/phpservermon/cron/status.cron.php

Interested in Other Server Monitoring Tools

READ: Install Zabbix Monitoring Tool on CentOS 7 / Ubuntu 16.04 / Debian

READ: Install Nagios on Ubuntu / Debian / CentOS / Mint

READ: Install Monitorix on CentOS 7 / Ubuntu 16.04 / Fedora / Debian – OpenSource Lightweight System Monitoring Tool

READ: Netdata – Real-Time Performance Monitoring Tool for Linux

That’s All.

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