Understand the internal dispatcher

You can use a custom user monitor with the internal dispatcher. Consider a case where you need to track the health of a server based on the presence of a file on the server. The following diagram illustrates this scenario.

Figure 1. Using a user monitor with the internal dispatcher

internal-dispatcher

A possible solution is to use a Perl script that initiates an FTP session with the server and checks for the presence of the file. You can then create a user monitor that uses the Perl script. The NetScaler appliance includes such a Perl script (nsftp.pl), in the /nsconfig/monitors/ directory.

You can use a user monitor with an external dispatcher. Consider a case where you must track the health of a server based on the state of an SMTP service on another server. This scenario is illustrated in the following diagram.

Figure 2. Using a user monitor with an external dispatcher

external-dispatcher

A possible solution would be to create a Perl script that checks the state of the SMTP service on the server. You can then create a user monitor that uses the Perl script.

Understand the internal dispatcher

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