I've configured monit tests and alerts — but I want to make sure that everything in my alert stack (outgoing email servers, sms email gateways…) is functioning properly. Is there a handy way to fire off a dummy test alert?
I usually restart a trivial service (like ntp) that I'm monitoring in order to test the alerts.
I did find this suggestion in the mailing list archives...
It's a way to leverage the alert reminder functionality in Monit to ensure that the alert path is functioning properly. Basically, a periodic reminder. Tune the cycle to your liking and you'll be able to control the testing time.
check file alerttest with path /.nonexistent alert address@hidden with reminder on 500 cycles