Database defense against the dark political arts
A down system is one of the most stressful events for system administrators. This article shows you how to create a real-time monitor for your database so you can be alerted when problems arise, and also provide valuable information to others about the status of the database servers. The focus should be on fixing the problem, not the blame. This is also an asset for application and network administrators for rapid diagnosis of what has caused the system outage. Complete source code is provided for the monitor, including the PHP pages to publish the database status.
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