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PRTG Manual: System Requirements
To install and work with PRTG Network Monitor, you need to meet the following requirements:
- A current PC or server with average desktop performance and minimum 2048 MB RAM memory.
- Operating systems Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (recommended), Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows 2008 R2 (all 32-bit or 64-bit) are officially supported. You can also use Windows Vista or Windows 2008, but we recommend not using these systems, because there are known performance issues related to them.
- Web browser to access the web interface. The following browsers are supported:
- Google Chrome 40 or later (recommended)
- Mozilla Firefox 35 or later
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or 11
Planning an Installation With Hundreds of Sensors or More?
The maximum number of sensors you can monitor with one installation of PRTG mainly depends on the monitoring technology and the monitoring intervals you use. Please see section Detailed System Requirements.
In general, consider the following rules:
- SNMP V1 and V2 , Ping , Port , and HTTP
These sensor types are recommended for scenarios with thousands of sensors.
- SNMP V3
You will be able to monitor about 5,000 SNMP V3 sensors with an interval of 60 seconds on a common two core computer, and about 10,000 sensors on a four core system (the main limiting factor is your CPU power).
Try to keep the number of WMI sensors per probe below 120 sensors (with 60s interval), or 600 sensors (with 300s interval).
- xFlow (IPFIX, NetFlow, sFlow, jFlow)
Monitoring the maximum number of sensors depends on the traffic pattern, the number of xFlow packets per second received by the PRTG probe, as well as the performance of the probe system.
- Packet Sniffer
These sensors create the highest CPU load on the probe system. This technology is only recommended for monitoring of low traffic connections (<50 Mbit/s steady stream). When traffic is often over 10 Mbit/s a dedicated remote probe should be used.
- VMware Monitoring
Monitoring of VMware is limited to about 20 sensors at a 60 seconds monitoring interval, or 100 sensors at a 5 minutes interval. These limitations issue from the VMware platform. A registry hack is available to boost this to 150 sensors at a 5 minutes interval (this will require a change in the ESX/vCenter configuration). For details please see More section below.
- Other sensor types
The impact of a specific sensor type on performance is indicated by a color range when adding a sensor to a device. It ranges from dark green (very low impact) to bold red (very high impact).
To overcome any limitations mentioned above you should distribute the sensors over two remote probes or more.
We recommend using a dedicated physical machine to run both the PRTG core server and PRTG remote probes. For more information please see the Detailed System Requirements section.
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