PageGate Basic ASCII Setup Transcript for
Welcome to the tutorial on how to configure the
basic options of the GetAscii module in PageGate.
In this tutorial, we'll be going over what the
GetAscii module is, how it works, and how to configure
the basic options.
Before we begin the configuration, let me first
explain what the GetAscii module is and how it
The GetAscii module is a part of PageGate that
can monitor a directory or series of directories
for ASCII text output.
For example, if you're integrating with a server
monitoring utility or a nursing station call system,
those types of programs have the ability to write
a text file to a directory.
The GetAscii module can then read in that text
file, parse the data contained within it, and
send the data out an SMS message or page to a
The second function of the GetASCII module is
that it provides a command line interface for
other programs to use.
Again, if you're using a server monitoring system
like Server's Alive or SolarWinds NPN or Orion,
programs like these have the ability to issue
a command in the event of an alert. When using
the GetAscii command line function, these programs
can pass messaging commands directly to PageGate,
which will then read in the commands and send
out an SMS message or page to a mobile device.
So, the first step is to run the program, so
go to your start menu, go to programs, find the
PageGate program group, and left click on the
Once in the Admin, click on the + next to the
Click on the + next to GetAscii, then left click
In the settings, you have three options: Enabled,
Polling Directory, and Polling interval.
The Polling directory is the directory that you
can specify that PageGate primarily looks in for
ASCII files. This is also the directory that provides
the command line interface.
To set the polling directory, if you don't already
have one in mind, we'll need to create it.
In windows, go to Start and click on Run.
In the run line, type in the word explorer and
click on OK.
Once in the Windows Explorer, left click on the
+ next to My Computer, then left click on your
Once in the C: drive, go to File - New - Folder.
You can name the folder whatever you please but
I'd recommend naming it something straightforward,
Once you've named the folder, go back into the
In the polling directory, you can enter the path
manually or click on the elapses button and browse
to the folder to select it.
After entering the Polling Directory, put a check
in Enabled and click on Apply.
When you do, the program will ask if you would
like this interface enabled for all existing groups
and recipients. Tell it yes.
The last field, polling interval, is the number
of seconds PageGate waits before checking for
new ASCII files and commands.
By default, PageGate checks for new data every
5 seconds. You can set this as low as every second
but that's a little overkill for most installations.
This concludes the tutorial on how to configure
the basic options for the GetASCII module in PageGate.
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the Advanced Options for the GetAscii module,
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