From log file to file server monitoring:
PRTG keeps you in the know

  • PRTG monitors individual files
  • PRTG notifies you in the event of changes to files
  • PRTG helps you analyze file integrity
  • PRTG is a file monitoring tool for log file, syslog, and event log monitoring



Log file monitoring: Good news for you - and your network

The search is on

The search is on

When an application fails or is faulty, error information is added to a log file. As a sysadmin, you’re bound to have asked yourself the following questions. How can I monitor changes to log files? Can I read their contents? Which files can I keep an eye on? For answers to these questions, look no further than PRTG. Learn all you need to know about file server monitoring here.

Get more done with PRTG

Get more done with PRTG

Our network monitoring software provides you with a round-the-clock overview. A dashboard displays all the goings-on of your network in real time. And in the event of downtime or malfunctions, PRTG notifies you at once. Example: An application returns errors and records these errors in a log file. PRTG will notify you as soon as a modification to this file takes place.

Add to your arsenal

Add to your arsenal

For more in-depth file analyses – e.g. verifying file integrity and modifications to files in detail – you’re going to need some specialized security software. The same goes for file access checks. Sysadmins use a combination of PRTG and other software for these situations, including a special FIM (file integrity monitoring) tool. Check out this article from our knowledge base to learn more.

Useful PRTG sensors

 

iWhat is a sensor?

In PRTG, “Sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, e.g. the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, the free space of a disk drive. On average you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.

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Every application creates different log files. But thanks to the following sensors, you can keep an eye on them all:

File Sensor

The File Sensor lets you see if a certain file is available, as well as the last time it was modified. It shows you when the file was accessed, its size, and if its contents have been modified.

 

 

File Content Sensor

With the File Content Sensor, you can monitor whether certain words (such as “error” or “failed”) have been written to a file.

 

 

 

Folder Sensor

Among other things, the Folder Sensor monitors the number of files on a computer and whether new files have been added, and displays the amount of time since the last file changes took place.

 

 

 

More PRTG sensors

PRTG comes with over 200 preconfigured sensors, including several file sensors. It even lets you create your own custom sensors for a truly personalized monitoring experience.

With PRTG, your network is in good hands

 

 Worry less

Worry less

All sysadmins worry about their hardware or software malfunctioning – or completely crashing their networks. Thanks to PRTG, you can put these worries to rest. In the event of the slightest problem, the PRTG alarm feature will immediately send you an alert. No alert = everything is fine.

Simplify your work

Simplify your work

Still trying to make do with several bush-league monitoring tools? It’s time to throw them out with that rusty old server rack! PRTG is a centralized monitoring tool for your entire network. PRTG monitoring makes your day-to-day work all the easier.

Quick turnaround times

Quick turnaround times

PRTG comes with the technical expertise of a dedicated international team. All support inquiries are answered within 24 hours on weekdays. You can also find the answers to thousands of previously asked questions in the PRTG knowledge base. You’ll therefore spend less time monitoring and more time working.

Start your free trial version of PRTG to get a quick feel for file monitoring


free PRTG-Version

 

With 100 sensors, you can monitor around 10 devices. You get free access to all PRTG sensors and functions – for as long as you like. Try our network and file monitoring tool risk-free before deciding which license best suits your needs.

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Practical tip: Hey Stephan, how can I monitor files whose names change?

Log files like to add their creation date or time stamp to their file names. The standard version of PRTG can only monitor files with fixed names and does not support placeholders. We therefore recommend using a PowerShell script with a user-defined sensor to monitor files whose names change. Have a look at the following knowledge base article to find out how. This article also contains a script that is available for immediate use with the EXE/Script Advanced Sensor, and which allows for placeholders for the name of the destination file.

Stephan Linke works in the PAESSLER AG Technical Support Department.

File server monitoring ensures your file server runs like a dream

File server

File server

File servers are present in any company with a professional IT infrastructure. These servers contain the file system and all relevant files. A central storage device allows employees to access files from any device. Teams can work on files simultaneously. If the file server malfunctions, support tickets start to pile up at once.

PRTG to the rescue

PRTG to the rescue

With PRTG, you never lose control of your file server. Among other things, PRTG lets you monitor your CPU, RAM, and hard drive. It provides you with a constant overview of the capacity of your file server. PRTG allows you to take quick action before the server has a chance to overload. It also shows you if spikes occur at certain times of the day, enabling you to promptly take appropriate preventive measures.

Keep an eye on your server

Keep an eye on your server

The forte of PRTG is server monitoring. As we see it, behind every stable IT infrastructure lies smooth-running hardware. Learn more about topics such as server performance monitoring, web server monitoring, FTP monitoring, and NAS monitoring. Thanks to the PRTG dashboard, you can keep a constant eye on all your servers. 

Windows file monitoring

Windows monitoring

Windows monitoring

PRTG is a Windows-based monitoring tool. The software incorporates Windows technologies such as WMI by way of various preconfigured sensors, such as the WMI File Sensor. PRTG also offers access to Windows performance counters, as well as SNMP, which puts significantly less strain on your system.

Event log monitoring

Event log monitoring

The PRTG Windows Event Log Sensor analyzes default event log data such as system and application protocols. Find out more about setting up effective log monitoring with PRTG.

How to read and analyze MIB files with PRTG

MIB browser


MIB files contain information that allows you to manage and monitor network devices. PRTG lets you read and analyze MIB files and incorporate their data into your monitoring. The SNMP Library Sensor is used for this purpose. Find out more about our free MIB Importer and MIB Browser.

Keep a constant eye on your network
– even while on the go

PRTG can be started within minutes and it's compatible with many mobile devices.

 

PRTG comes with all the features you need, plus more your IT infrastructure won't want to live without.

 

PRTG monitors these vendors and applications, and more, in one view!

 

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Other topics of interest

 

Website monitoring – for a site that runs like clockwork

PRTG monitors the availability, accessibility, load times, and processes of your website. Tip: The HTTP Content Sensor is useful for testing logins and measuring traffic. Find out why PRTG is the website monitoring tool for you.

Quality of service – say goodbye to choppy connections

Many companies use VoIP and video conferencing. But these services are continually subject to transmission failures. PRTG lets you monitor QoS and the quality of your VoIP. PRTG quickly notifies you before video transmission issues arise – even if your coworkers work remotely.

Ping monitoring

PRTG ping monitoring lets you check the availability of all your devices. The dashboard updates the status of your network in real time. During installation, PRTG pings your IP address range and automatically sets up initial monitoring for all available devices. Now that's convenience!

PRTG is worth it: You’ll optimize your entire IT!

The costs for a one-year PRTG license usually pay for themselves within a few weeks.

PRTG improves the reliability of your network

PRTG improves the reliability of your network

PRTG saves network management costs

PRTG saves network management costs

PRTG saves time spent on network management

PRTG saves time spent on network management

Award winning solution

We work hard on making our software as powerful and easy-to-use
as possible for our customers each and every day.
Of course it makes us proud when we get awards for that.

 

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PRTG: The swiss army knife for sys admins

Adapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs relying on a strong API:

  • HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects using HTTP requests
  • Custom Sensors: Create your own sensors for customized monitoring
  • Custom Notifications: Create your own notifications to send alarms to external systems
  • New REST API Sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides XML or JSON

Over 95% of our customers recommend PRTG

 

Paessler AG worldwide trialled PRTG in over 600 IT departments.
The aim was to tune the network monitoring software closer to the needs of the administrators.
The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG - or already had.

Recommend PRTG

PAESSLER AG –
German quality engineering

 

 


 

Administrators must compare monitoring tools or search for a free one. There are several suppliers on the market.

PRTG comes with a full range of advantages:

1. Free trial version: PRTG is available in a free trial version. Use this version to get a feel for our network monitoring tool with no risk whatsoever.

2. Over 200,000 administrators: whether in large or small businesses, authorities, colleges or administrations - all around the world, more than 200,000 administrators put their trust in our network monitoring tool, and can therefore also monitor their bandwidth. Read our case studies here.

3. Support: do you have a question? We respond in a jiffy! You can already access a great deal of information online by consulting our FAQs, PRTG User Manual, videos, webcasts, or Knowledge Base. You can of course also send us a message. We'll do our best to get back to you within 24 hours on business days.

PRTG – your network monitoring tool

PRTG is the PAESLLER AG's all-in-one network monitoring tool. Our software is used by more than 200,000 administrators worldwide, whether it be to monitor their hardware- and server performance , their virtual environments, or the accessibility of their websites. Use PRTG for database monitoring or sql monitoring.  PRTG is a one fits all network analyzer tool.

Save time, worry, and money. PRTG is configured in a matter of minutes. The trial version is offered free of charge. And you can upgrade whenever you like.

 

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