View the Status Report in a Web Browser

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Summary

Difficulty: Intermediate

This article will guide you through setting up WebWatchBot so that you can view the Status Report in a web browser on the same machine or a machine that WebWatchBot is not installed on.

Prerequisites

IIS (Internet Information Services) should be installed on a machine that is either the same machine as WebWatchBot or a machine that WebWatchBot can access

Steps

  1. Configure IIS
    1. Directions on this step differ depending on the version of Windows and IIS being used. Please consult the IIS help file for more information.
    2. Add a new virtual directory in IIS named "WWBReports" under the physical directory C:\inetpub\wwwroot, making the physical directory for this new virtual directory C:\inetpub\wwwroot\WWBReports.
    3. Ensure permissions for the virutal directory allow read & write permissions for the user account for the WebWatchBot service. Refer to the following KB article for more information on WebWatchBot service's user account: WebWatchBot_Service's_User_Account
  2. Configure WebWatchBot
    1. Open WebWatchBot Manager
    2. Click on the "Status" shortcut to select the Status View:
      kb-status-explorer-status-shortcut.gif
    3. On the left-hand pane, right-click on the "Master Status Report", and select "Status Report Settings":
      select-status-report-settings.gif
    4. In the "Status Settings for Master Status Report" dialog, select the "Save" tab.
    5. In the "Filename" field, enter the full pathname for the report. For example, C:\inetpub\wwwroot\WWBReports\master-status.html. The filename, master-status.html, can be changed, but the .html extension should not be changed.
      save-dialog.gif
    6. Now, each time WebWatchBot updates the status report, along with the report's referenced images, it will be saved to the location specified.
  3. View the report
    1. Open a web browser
    2. Navigate to the report with the following URL: http://machinename/WWBReports/master-status.html, where machinename is the name of the machine where the virtual directory was created in IIS for the reports. The IP Address can be substituted for the machinename.

Troubleshooting

  1. Images appear broken - Ensure the directory has correct read/write permission for the Windows user account for the WebWatchBot Service