Getting Started

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Welcome to AppFirst! You’re on your way to gaining Operational Intelligence and Full-Stack Visibility.

About AppFirst

AppFirst delivers powerful, yet simple application monitoring to provide IT ops, developers, and Tech Execs with full-stack visibility into systems, applications and business metrics. Our SaaS-based DevOps Dashboard is powered by a flexible big data platform that collects, analyzes and correlates numerous sources of data — from logs to StatsD to Nagios plug-ins to millions of low-level process metrics.

Setting Up Your Account

The first step is to download the AppFirst Collector. Our Collector is supported on the following platforms:

  • Windows Server 2003 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 (R2) (32 and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)
  • Windows 7, 8 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Ubuntu 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Red Hat 5, 6, 7 (32 and 64-bit)
  • CentOS 5, 6, 7 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Debian 6 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Gentoo (32 and 64 bit)*

*This is available through our partnership with Engine Yard.

Our Collector is also supported on the following Hypervisor platforms:

  • ESXi
  • Hyper-V Role
  • XenServer

If you’re running on a Windows platform, the collector downloads as an EXE. Just run the file, and the collector will install automatically. On Linux, copy and paste the appropriate command from the AppFirst screen, and run the command on your server to download the collector and start it up.

How do you know the installation worked?

Once the installation is complete, the collector will begin running automatically. It will attach to any processes already running, and will automatically attach to any new processes that start up. You’ll be able to see your data in AppFirst about a minute after installation is complete.

If no data is being seen in our product, there may have been an issue with the installation, in which case you should email support@appfirst.com.

Manually updating a Linux collector version

If your Linux collector does not complete updating to a newer version, you can run the following commands on Linux to see what exactly is preventing the update from being completed.

Ubuntu 9, 10, 11, 12 and Debian 6 (32/64 bit)

    sudo /usr/bin/apt-get -q update
    sudo /usr/bin/apt-get -q -q -y –force-yes install appfirst

Red Hat 5, 6, 7 and CentOS 5, 6, 7 (32/64 bit)

    sudo /usr/bin/yum -y clean metadata
    sudo /usr/bin/yum -y update appfirst