PRTG Manual: Key Features

PRTG Network Monitor follows and analyzes your network and requires no third-party software. It's quick to download and install, or you create a PRTG instance in the cloud, hosted by Paessler, with a few clicks. PRTG will be up and running in a just a few minutes including a first auto-configuration. Smart Setup, the built-in interactive guidance dialog, will lead you through the whole process.

What is PRTG for?

Monitoring with PRTG
Monitoring with PRTG
  • Monitoring and alerting you to up and downtimes or slow servers
  • System health monitoring of your various hardware devices
  • Network device monitoring, bandwidth accounting
  • Application monitoring
  • Monitoring virtual servers
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) monitoring
  • System usage monitoring (for example, CPU loads, free memory, free disk space)
  • Database performance and table values monitoring
  • Email server monitoring and reviewing various backup solutions
  • Monitoring your network's physical environment
  • Classifying network traffic by source or destination, as well as content
  • Discovering unusual, suspicious, or malicious activity with devices or users
  • Measuring Quality of Service (QoS) and Voice over IP (VoIP) parameters
  • Cloud monitoring services
  • Discovering and evaluating network devices
  • Collecting system information for various hardware types
  • Finding unexpected relationships between your network components to detect potential security issues and assessing the real usage of your network and hardware
  • Fail-safe monitoring using a failover cluster setup

What is Included in PRTG?

The PRTG on premises installer or a PRTG hosted by Paessler instance contains everything necessary to run your monitoring system immediately without any third-party modules.

  • High performance: the fast and efficient database system that PRTG includes stores raw monitoring results, as well as logs, toplists, and tickets (outperforms SQL servers for monitoring data), accessible through the Application Programming Interface (API). You can distribute high loads on multiple probes.
  • Low system requirements: For PRTG on premises an average PC (not older than 2 years) is sufficient and even a netbook can monitor over a thousand sensors. For detailed system requirements see here. PRTG hosted by Paessler does not even require any hardware for the PRTG core server!
  • High security standards: SSL encryption for connections and web servers, a personalized user rights management, and much more.
  • A built-in SSL-secured web server with HTTP and HTTPS support for the user interface.
  • Fast web interface, works as Single Page Application (SPA) to avoid time-extensive reloading of pages.
  • A built-in email relay server for automatic email delivery.
  • Customizable, personalized alerting
    • Various notification technologies, for example, email, push, SMS text messages, syslog and SNMP traps, HTTP requests, event logs, Amazon SNS, executing scripts.
    • Multiple triggers, for example, status alerts, limit alerts, threshold alerts, multiple condition alerts, escalation alerts.
    • Gradual dependencies to avoid alarm floods, acknowledging certain alarms to avoid further notifications for this alarm, and alert scheduling.
  • In-depth report generator to create reports on-the-fly as well as scheduled reports in HTML, PDF, and as CSV or XML data files. Several report templates are available by default.
  • Graphics engine for user-friendly live and historic data graphs.
  • Network analysis modules to automatically discover network devices and sensors.
  • Distributed monitoring to monitor several networks in different locations.
  • Special features for Managed Service Provider (MSP) to monitor customer networks and increase the quality of service.
  • Data publishing with real-time dashboards—private and public—including live performance and status information. You can design these maps as you like with many different objects, as well as integrate external custom objects.
  • Multiple languages such as English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.
  • Customization: The PRTG Application Programming Interface (API) allows you to develop your own features. Additionally, you can create custom sensors, notifications, and device templates according to your specific requirements.

PRTG Network Monitor supports monitoring up to several thousand sensors per installation, depending on various parameters. It can optionally work with multiple remote probes to monitor multiple sites or network segments from one central core installation, and to distribute high monitoring loads. You can also configure fail-safe monitoring using a cluster installation to perform automatic failovers. Single failover installations are allowed with every PRTG license.

PRTG Network Monitor offers two options to monitor your network: PRTG on premises and PRTG hosted by Paessler. With PRTG on premises, the core server and local probe run within your network. PRTG hosted by Paessler is the PRTG cloud solution, where we at Paessler run the core server and hosted probe for you. The PRTG web interface for monitoring configuration and reviewing monitoring data is the same for both, PRTG hosted by Paessler and PRTG on premises.

The software is based on Paessler’s reliable monitoring technology that has been constantly improving since 1997. There are already more than 200,000 PRTG installations running all over the world. Our outstanding support ensures your inquiries are answered within one business day for best possible network monitoring. Attractive licensing packages from freeware (up to 100 sensors) to enterprise level (with thousands of sensors) and the free choice between PRTG on premises and PRTG hosted by Paessler make sure every user finds the best-possible solution.

 

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