Booster Monitor and Configuration Settings

Booster Monitor

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When you first launch Booster Monitor, it will attempt to connect to the Booster at the default address of 127.0.0.1 with the assumption that you are running the monitor on the system you installed it on. You can change that address to any valid IP address or FQDN of a Booster you have installed. If you try to connect to a Booster from FileWave Central on the list of Boosters, and it won’t connect you should check what IP it lists there for the Booster. For some network setups, the FW server may see the Booster coming from a different address than what your clients connect to it on.

The default password will be "filewave" or if you used the https://custom.filewave.com website, it may be "f1lewav3" or whatever you set it to.

Once you have connected with your Booster, you will see its Status Monitor window. The status window lets you see the current settings and cache of the Booster.

You can set the Booster preferences to choose how the Booster can be reached, how it works with other Boosters, the main FileWave Server, and how it handles network traffic.

Booster Prefs

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Booster Server Prefs

These settings are where you build your distribution "tree" by assigning where this Booster connects. This specifies the order in which connection attempts will be made. The best way to set this up is to follow these guidelines:

Configuring Clients to use Boosters for Server Messages

To activate the server message routing functionality introduced with FileWave 11, you must enable it using either the option on the Booster page of Superprefs or Client Preferences. More detail on this feature is here: What are "Server Messages" and why do I want them?

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Boosters View

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On the above screenshot you can see new options in the Boosters tab in Boosters view:

"Configure Discovery" button opens the Discovery Configuration dialog. Note: Network Discovery is covered in depth in Chapter 12
"Start Discovery Scan" button immediately starts a scan using the existing configuration, if a scanner configuration is currently disabled then the configured will be enabled at this point.
"Stop Discovery Scan" button immediately stops the current scan, if the configuration is enabled then it's also disabled.
"Device Name" column contains the name of the Booster. This is configured in Booster's preferences.
"Booster Status" column indicates green/orange/red icon based on last check-in time:

"Next Scan Start Time" column indicates the start time of the next scan
"Last Discovery Scan Status" column shows the various statuses of a discovery scan and the discovery application (success, network scanner fail, network scanner crash, discovery application crash, discovery stop, generic failure).
"Requests per Second" column indicates the number of Booster requests per second within the last 15 minutes. Additionally, Booster statistics are sent by the Booster every 15 minutes at fixed times e.g. 0:00, 0:15, 0:30, 0:45.
"Booster Overload" column indicates if there are any clients' requests that couldn't be served by Booster. This doesn't necessarily mean the Booster is failing; it simply implies that the client has been told to retry later.
"Location" column contains location configured in Booster's preferences.

View Modes

The Boosters view offers two primary view modes: the Cards view (which requires OpenGL on the administrator machine running FileWave Admin) and the Details view. These modes operate independently. Double-clicking on a Booster in either view opens the Booster Monitor for that particular Booster.
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