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How-To: Monitor VPS Status From Heroku

I built and released this tool to monitor the status of your SolusVM client API-enabled VPS. It’s really easy to host it on Heroku, which is great since we don’t want to host the monitoring site on the VPS we want to monitor. You’ll need a Heroku account if you don’t already have one, the free account will do just fine.

Before we begin, you should probably install the Heroku Toolbelt. You’d also benefit from reading through some of the Heroku Dev Center articles. This one about deploying to Heroku with git is probably the most relevant for what we’re doing here.

You’ll need a terminal/command line for deploying to Heroku with git. A really great resource for new git users is Git Immersion, just click the green “Start Git Immersion” arrow to get started with git. Anyway, the 5 steps that follow assume you’ve created a Heroku account and have git installed and working.

  1. Fork tlongren/vps-status on GitHub and make a local clone.
  2. Install the Heroku Toolbelt and login to Heroku with the command “heroku login“. Enter you username and password to login with the Heroku Toolbelt.
  3. Create a new app on Heroku either through the web interface, or with the command “heroku create“. If you do it with the command line the app name will be shown to you, see here.
  4. Open a terminal and go into the folder that you cloned your fork into and run the command “heroku git:remote -a heroku-app-name“. That will add a remote named “heroku” to your local clone.
  5. Now, while still in your local clone folder, run “git push heroku master” to push your app to Heroku. If your app is named “heroku-app-name”, you can access your app at http://heroku-app-name.herokuapp.com.

That’s all there is to it. It might not seem simple at first glance, but it really is. To make changes, just edit the files in your local clone and commit those changes with git. Then run “git push heroku master” again to push the new code to Heroku.

Make sure you don’t send your changes back to GitHub, unless you’ve got private repositories. If you do a push to GitHub, your API key and hash will be accessible by the public, which isn’t something you want. Instead, you could either make a private repository at BitBucket or create a private repo using Dropbox like I do. The DropBox option is only reliable if you’re the only one editing the code, and if you’re only making changes from one machine at a time.

Let me know if you have any issues or think I’ve missed something.

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