On this page you'll find a summary of Isode's tools for management of X.400 Messaging systems.
The MConsole (Message Console) GUI is Isode's central tool for Messaging Management. MConsole provides a number of configuration management functions:
- M-Switch X.400 and M-Switch MIXER configuration management
- M-Store X.400 configuration management.
- Configuration setup wizards
- X.400 mailbox management
- Distribution list management
- Queue Manager Authentication view for managing operators and their privileges
More information on Configuration management for X.400 messaging can be found on the X.400 Messaging Configuration Management page. Information on configuration and user management for Internet messaging can be found on the Messaging Operational Management page.
MConsole provides the following operational functions:
- M-Switch Monitoring
- Event viewing
- Service monitoring (Windows only)
- Message tracking
- M-Store X.400 monitoring
- Acknowledgement tracking
- Message forwarding
- Message Transfer and Message Transfer History views
M-Switch records comprehensive audit logs which report information concerning all message processing events and connection events. The Audit Database stores structured audit log data from one or more M-Switch servers in an ODBC database and is used by Isode tools for management reporting and message tracking.
It can also be used by customer applications to access audit information and by applications such as report generation and Service Level Agreement (SLA) systems. Click to read more about the Audit Database.
For information on Message Tracking read our [Using Message Acknowledgements for Tracking, Correlation and Fire & Forget] whitepaper.
Isode also provides Web interfaces for message tracking and statistics, provided as an alternative to MConsole (with reduced functionality) and described on the Message Operator Interface page.
Events & Operator Alerts
Isode server products and associated management tools use the Isode Event Handling system. Events are defined in an XML repository, providing documentation of all Isode Events and possible operator actions. Events are categorised in a structured manner to indicate severity and error type. The event system severity ranges from: events that need operator action; informative events to give indication of progress; and detail and debug events to help with diagnosis of problem situations. Events are also grouped to enable selected events of varying severity to be alerted to an operator, with configurable alert handling.
M-Switch also uses an Alert Daemon to monitor the message queue, to enable flexible configurable Events and Operator Alerts on situations such as large numbers of messages queued or messages older than a certain time. Events and Audit Logs can be viewed in an MConsole Event Viewer. Operator Alerts are displayed in an MConsole view.
Details on the Event Handling architecture can be found on the Audit Logging & Event Handling page.
Isode's own GUI tools, such as MConsole, are ideal for monitoring Isode's servers in smaller configurations. Larger deployments will often use SNMP (Simple Network Monitoring Protocol) to monitor a wide range of network and other components.
You can read more about Isode's SNMP support on the SNMP Architecture page.