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FREE Magento 2 Disk Space Report Extension: Prevent Your Site from Crashing When It Runs Out of Hard Drive SpaceDisk Space Report - Magento 2 Extension

Do you know if your hard drive is about to fill up, crashing your site and corrupting your database?

Don’t let your Magento 2 site’s hard drive fill up. If it does, your site will come to an abrupt crash. It may also corrupt your MySQL database, too.

Customer Paradigm’s Disk Space Report is a Free Magento 2 extension. We built this as a way to have an automated system monitor your Magento 2 site for free disk space.

We built this because we work on a lot of Magento 2 sites. And we hate when a rogue log file grows and grows and then the site crashes completely.

The extension uses your Linux file system to read free disk space, and then will email you a summary of the disk space usage, according to your settings.

Instead of relying on your customers to let you know that your site has crashed, this system will alert you right away if your site is close to running out of free disk space.

We’re releasing this to the Magento community as a way to prevent Magento 2 sites from crashing due to lack of disk space.

The system:

  • Uses your Linux file system to check available disk space.
  • You can set how often you want the system to scan your site for changes (as frequently as every 15 minutes, each hour, each day, etc).
  • The system will email you if any drives are close to full.

The extension has been designed to not conflict with other extensions, and work smoothly with Magento 2.

This extension was coded out by one of our top, certified Magento 2.0 developers on the Customer Paradigm team. The code has been peer reviewed by the rest of the department and tested extensively.


Pricing:Free! Zip, Zero, Nada. Magento 2 Disk Space Report Extension is free.

Magento Versions Supported:

  • Magento Community Edition (CE): 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.0.2, 2.0.3, 2.0.4, 2.0.5, 2.0.6, 2.07, 2.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4
  • Magento Enterprise Edition (EE): 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.0.2, 2.0.3, 2.0.4, 2.0.5, 2.0.6, 2.0.7, 2.0.8, 2.0.9, 2.0.10, 2.0.11, 2.0.12, 2.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4

Installation / Setup / Training/ Configuration Available. If you would like us to help you install and configure the extension, we are happy to do this on an hourly basis for you. Please contact us >>

Customization Available. If you have special requirements for how you would like the Magento 2 Disk Space Report Extension to work with your site, please let us know. We can modify the extension to meet your business needs. We can do this, but for user experience reasons, these features were not included in this extension. Please contact us >>


This extension is available to be downloaded for free here:

(We ask that you fill out this form so that if we have security or other updates to the extension that we can notify you. If you do not wish to fill out this form, you can also download this through the Magento Marketplace)

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Video Demonstration of the Magento 2 Disk Space Report Extension:

Watch a screen capture of the Magento 2 Disk Space Report Extension , narrated by Jeff Finkelstein, founder of Customer Paradigm:


Admin Configuration for Magento 2 Disk Space Extension:

The end user of your Magento 2 site will not see any part of this extension. If the Disk Space extension does it’s job, your Magento 2 site will continue to run, without unauthorized changes to the site.

From the admin menu, you’ll see the “Disk Space Report” extension listed under the “System” tab under “Tools”:

Disk Space Report - Magento 2 Admin Menu

Step 1. Disk Space Report Settings – Select Cron settings:

On this page, you’ll select when the Disk Space Report Magento 2 extension will run.

Disk Space Magento 2 Extension - Cron Settings Screenshot

First, you can select the status of the extension:

Select Status - Enabled - Disabled

If you select “Enabled” then the system will run. If it’s disabled, it won’t run.

Second, you have lots of different options to configure when the script will run. We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible to allow you, the admin, to be able to set it to run for maximum flexibility.

Note: the Disk Space report time settings will use the time zone that you set for your main Magento 2 store.

Minute:

You can have the Disk Space system run every 15 minutes, or at the start of each hour, 15 minutes after the hour, 30 minutes after the hour, or 45 minutes after each hour:

Run Cron Every 15 Minutes, or at top bottom or quarter of each hour.

Hour: You can have the system run every hour, or just at a specific time of the day (i.e. 6:00 am)

Note: right now, you cannot set the system to run twice a day (i.e. 6 am and 6 pm)

Run Disk Space Report via Cron every hour, or just a specific hour of the day.

 

Day of the Month:

You can have the Disk Space Magento 2 Report run every day of the month, or just on a specific day of the month (such as the 2nd day of each month):

Run Disk Space Report for Magento 2 Cron every day of the month, or just on a selected day.

 

Month: You can have the system run every month, or just on a selected month, such as the month of June:

Run Disk Space Report report every month, or just on a specific month.

 

Day of the Week: You can run the Disk Space Magento 2 Report each and every day, or just on specific days (such as Tuesdays).

Run Disk Space Report for Magento 2 every day of the week, or just on a specific day of the week, such as a Monday.

 

How often should you run the Disk Space report?

How paranoid are you? If you are the type to wear a tin foil hat, run it every hour.It depends on how paranoid you are.

You’ll get a lot of emails with this method, too. For example, let’s say your disk space is full or getting full around 5:00 pm on Friday. By Monday morning at 9:00 am, the system will have sent you 255 emails (One email every 15 minutes for 64 hours). This may impact your system performance – the Disk Space Report can take up memory resources to run. It might also be an annoying way to fill up your email inbox.

If you’re as paranoid as I am, run the script every hour, but only have it send you emails if there are changes. (You’ll get a lot of emails, though, if it’s close to full. In the example above, you’d receive about 64 emails between Friday at 5:00 pm and Monday morning at 9:00 am.)

If you’re just worried about unwanted changes on your site, run the script once a day at 6:00 am. Why in the morning? Then you have all day to track down a developer and have them fix the site. If you run it at 6:00 pm, then you’ll just worry all night (unless you have developers who are complete night owls and only start waking up at 6:00 pm).

How do you set up the Cron settings in the Disk Space Magento 2 Extension? Here are several practical examples:

Example 1: Run Every Hour

To run the system every hour, at the top of the hour, use these selections:

Run Disk Space Report Security Report Every Hour on the Hour - Cron settings

 

Example 2: Run Disk Space Every 15 Minutes

For the truly paranoid, use these settings to run the script every 15 minutes.

Beware: this will send you a LOT of emails if you have uncommitted changes.

Run Disk Space Report Security Report Every morning at 6:00 am

 

Example 3: Run Disk Space Every Day at 6 am (Recommended Setting)

If you’d like to run the system every day at 6:00 am, select this setting.

 

Run Disk Space Report Security Report Every day at 6:00 am

 

Example 4: Run Disk Space Every Monday Morning at 9:45 am

Once a week might be more than enough – especially if this is just something you want to run on a development server and keep track of uncommitted git changes.

Here’s how to run the Magento 2 extension every Monday morning at 9:45 am:

Run Disk Space Report Security Report Every Monday Morning at 9:45 am

Example 5: Run Disk Space Report at 5:30 pm on the 1st Day of Every Month

So, if you only want the script to run once a month, on the first day of the month at 5:30 pm, here’s how to do this:

Run Disk Space Report Security Report Every 1st day of the month at 5:30 pm

 

Example 6: Run Disk Space Every Thursday at 6:00 am:

To run the Magento 2 Disk Space Security Report script every Thursday at 6:00 am, please use these cron settings:

Run Disk Space Report Security Report Every Thursday at 6:00 am

 

 

Example 7: Run Every 15 Minutes During the Month of November:

Okay… so perhaps you’re only paranoid during a single month of the year (i.e. big holiday online shopping season for Black Friday). We’ve made it possible for you to run the Magento 2 Disk Space Report every 15 minutes, but only during the month of November:

Run Disk Space Report Security Report Every 15 Minutes, but only in the month of November

 

Step 2: Email Settings for Magento 2 – Disk Space Security Report

Disk Space Report - Email Settings for Magento 2 Extension

 

FROM Email Address:

In this form field, you can set the FROM email address of your Disk Space Report.

Send FROM Email Address for the Disk Space Report Email Report

Important notes:

  • This should ONLY be a single email address.
  • The email address you are sending from should match the domain name of your Magento site.
  • You may wish to include the Magento site in your safe senders list / white list, and/or add this email address to your address book
  • If you use a gmail or yahoo email address, your server probably doesn’t have authority to send on behalf of another domain.

Email Addresses for Report:

In this field, enter in the email address or email addresses that you want to receive the report.

For multiple emails, separate them with a comma.

Disk Space Report - Email Recipients

Important note: if you add your boss to this email, and your site is close to filling up, your boss will receive these emails. Don’t upset your boss with unwanted emails!

Subject Line:

Use this field to set a custom subject line for the email reports. You might want to include the site’s name (if you have multiple websites).

Email Status Selection:

Use this selection to determine if you want an email sent every time the Disk Space script runs (i.e. every hour) or only if there are uncommitted changes to the system.

Disk Space Report - Email When...

Personally, I have the system run once a day, and always send an email. Why? This creates trust and confidence that the system is working and watching. I can deal with one email every single day that says my site is secure. This might be a good way to promote trust and confidence with your boss in your organization.

Others might want the system to run every hour, but let them know if there are uncommitted changes. The drawback to this is that if the changes aren’t committed to Git, then you’ll receive an email every hour until the changes are committed into Git.

Disk Space Emails:

Here’s a copy of the Disk Space Security Check emails:

This one shows all of the drives with free space (in this case, to the Disk Space extension itself):

Disk Space - Magento 2 Report - Email

 

 


FAQ – Common Questions about the Magento 2 Disk Space Report Module

Q: Can I run this on my staging and development sites, too?

A: Yes, although you may not want to run the system as frequently on a development site.


Q: I’m not receiving the Disk Space emails. Why not?

A: There are a few reasons why you might not be receiving emails from the Disk Space system:

  • First – Cron *must* be enabled and running for this system to work properly. If cron is not enabled, then the system will not be able to be triggered.
  • Second, make sure that the email address you are sending FROM (i.e. in the FROM line) has permission to send from your server. For example, if your server is XYZ-Corp.com, you should likely be able to send FROM info@XYZ-Corp.com.
  • You may need to check with your email provider to make sure that this server is whitelisted.
  • We recommend making sure that the email address you are sending FROM is in your address book in your email program.
  • We also recommend having an SPF record that gives permission via DNS to send email on behalf of the domain. Beyond this, if your transactional emails are sending from the server (i.e. the order confirmation emails), then Disk Space should be able to send properly as well.
  • Make sure that sendmail or another outbound email sending program is enabled.

Q: Can my site still crash with this script running?

A: Yes, your site can still crash due to many other causes, including running out of disk space.  This is a helpful tool, but will not prevent or clear out space on your site.


Q: I don’t have Cron installed on my site. Can Customer Paradigm help me install cron on my Magento 2 site?

A: Yes… we’re happy to help on a consulting basis. Please contact us at 303.473.4400 or Visit here to have a real person contact you now >>.


Q: I don’t understand what the report means. Can Customer Paradigm help me understand the report?

A: Yes… contact us at 303.473.4400 or Visit here to have a real person contact you now >>.


Q: Can Customer Paradigm install this for me on my Magento 2 site?

A: Yes… contact us at 303.473.4400 or Visit here to have a real person contact you now >>.


Q: Can Customer Paradigm customize this extension for my Magento 2 site?

A: Yes… we’re happy to help! Please contact us at 303.473.4400 or Visit here to have a real person contact you now >>.


Technical Documentation for Magento 2 Disk Space Report:

Click here to download the Magento 2 Disk Space Report – Technical Documentation >>

Technical Documentation for Magento 2 Disk Space Report


Installation of the Magento 2 Disk Space Report Extension :

Before using the order comments extension in your Magento 2 store, it must be properly installed to notify your Magento site to the existence of the extension.

Magento 2 Extension - File Tree for Disk Space ReportHow to Install Extension:

To install the Magento 2.0 Disk Space Report extension, please follow these steps:

  1. (Recommended) Run a backup of the code base and database.
  2. Download the installation package.
  3. Unpack the installation package and upload to your store’s root folder.
  4. Using SSH, login and navigate to your store’s root folder.
  5. Enter the following command:  php -f bin/magento module:enable CustomerParadigm_DiskSpaceReport
  6. Then enter the following command: php -f bin/magento setup:upgrade
  7. Please flush system cache by navigating to System->Tools->Cache Management from the admin panel.
  8. Log out and log back into the admin panel.
  9. If you have successfully processed these steps, you should now see the Magento 2 Disk Space Report extension active in your admin area (displayed above).

 


Uninstall / Removing the Extension – Magento 2:

Perhaps this module doesn’t work for your Magento 2 site. One of the most annoying things in the past is that once a module or extension is installed, it’s next to impossible to remove from your system. (That’s why we often see many, many extensions that have been turned off, but are still part of the code base.)

We make it easy to remove the extension.

Magento 2 does not have a fully defined mechanism with which to fully uninstall an extension. What follows is a detailed list of steps to fully remove the code and custom database tables associated with this extension:

How to Uninstall Extension:

To uninstall the Magento 2 extension, please follow these steps:

  1. (Recommended) Run a backup of the code base and database.
  2. Using SSH, login and navigate to your store’s root folder.
  3. Enter the following command:

php -f bin/magento module:uninstall CustomerParadigm_Diskspacereport

Please flush system cache by navigating to System->Tools->Cache Management from the admin panel.

To ensure the extension has been disabled, please navigate to the front end of the site and view the checkout page. If order comments are no longer showing up, your extension has been disabled.

You may now delete all of the code associated with the extension located (from your Magento root folder) at: app/code/CustomerParadigm/Diskspacereport

The Disk Space extension does add in an additional database table called cp_diskspacereport_cron into your Magento 2.0 store. You may remove this table directly from your mySQL database.


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