Windows Monitoring Tools
Windows monitoring tools are often specialized and unique to the system settings that Windows admins deal with on a daily basis. Rather than convolute your environment with several disconnected software’s, utilizing built-in Windows tools and one robust monitoring solution proves to be the most efficient method of overseeing all your Windows servers. There is no need to overcomplicate your infrastructure when you have easy access to Windows tools that are compatible with your greater monitoring efforts. If you are just making the move from Linux to Windows or simply haven’t made use of the options that are available, here is a list of Windows tools you should be leveraging and how Opsview can help you put all the pieces together.
Every long-time Windows user is aware of Task Manager and how it is the most basic form of Windows monitoring. However, unlocking the full potential of Task Manager can result in benefits that one may not expect. The recent improvements of Task Manager have resulted in capabilities beyond the monitoring of CPU and memory usage. Any Windows performance counter can now be monitored in real-time and it is easier to learn details regarding the utilization of your applications, Windows processes, and background processes, which has a direct impact on troubleshooting efficiency.
Performance Monitor is one of the more well-known Windows monitoring tools that is ideal for standalone servers. When searching for more detail than what’s provided within the Task Manager, Performance Monitor can be utilized to analyze how running programs are impacting performance, both in real time and by compiling log data for future research. Performance Monitor also uses performance counters, event trace data, and configuration information that can be combined into Data Collector Sets.
As a feature within the Task Manager, Resource Monitor helps monitor memory, disk and network space. With a complete view of CPU data across all your platforms, Resource Monitor provides insightful I/O usage (similar to Linux’s iotop) that gives you greater insight into all system processes and status updates.
Often viewed as a hidden gem by Windows admins, Reliability Monitor (included in Windows 7 and onward) offers a full timeline of your computer’s history. Any time an application crashes or you are faced with the classic ‘blue screen of death’, Reliability Monitor is tracking all event details and keeps record of important system upgrades such as the installation of new software and Windows updates. You can access Reliability Monitor at any time from Control Panel > System and Security > Action Center.
Monitoring Windows with Opsview
While all of these Windows monitoring tools come in handy, it is important to have a more powerful monitoring solution at your disposal to gain deeper insight into your business systems. Opsview users can easily restart Windows services and quickly monitor Windows servers via a consolidated view of all your Windows systems, offering complete coverage of your entire infrastructure.
Learn more about the key Windows monitoring benefits that Opsview provides and why Opsview Monitor’s Windows Performance Software may be right for you.