Monitor your Windows
services with PRTG

  • Ensure your critical Windows services are running
  • Take automated action when your Windows services stop
  • Be notified when there is a disruption of services


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  • Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days
  • After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version
  • Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime

What is Windows service monitoring?


Most Windows services do not have a start or an end to their operation – they are started when the server boots and are continuously running. Many critical applications such as Active Directory, SQL and Exchange rely on their services to be running. When they stop there is a disruption to your service offering or an application.

Windows service monitoring gives you a comprehensive view of your Windows services and alerts on when there is a disruption.

Why is Windows service monitoring important?

Every organization with a Windows environment should monitor
their Windows services.


Failure of Windows Services

Windows services could fail or stop for various reasons or it could be an indication of a larger problem in your infrastructure. 


Consequences of undetected failure

A service stopping could mean an outage to your email environment, DNS not resolving IP addresses or orders not processing which would result in a loss of profit.


For prevention

You need Windows service monitoring to ensure continuity of your business or information processes.


Advantages of Windows service monitoring with PRTG



Notifications to prevent failure

PRTG notifies you if there has been a change to the status of your service and attempts to restart the service if it has stopped. 



PRTG Network Monitor gives you the flexibility to choose which services to monitor on each device.


Statistics on your used resources

You are able to get valuable metrics on how much resources are being utilized by your Windows services which will aid in resource allocation to your servers.

An introduction to
Windows service monitoring with PRTG


Sensors for Windows service monitoring:


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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WMI Service Sensor

WMI Service Sensor

The WMI Service Sensor will monitor a Windows service, if the service is stopped it can start or restart the service. It can also show CPU Usage, downtime, handles pagefile usage, threads and the working set.

SNMP Windows Service Sensor

SNMP Windows Service Sensor

The SNMP Windows Service Sensor will show the operating status of the monitored service utilizing the SNMP protocol to gather the data. 

Windows Process Sensor

Windows Process Sensor

In addition, there is a Windows Process Sensor which can show the absolute working set in bytes, private bytes, number of threads, number of handles, number of instances, average CPU usage (if there are multiple instances running) and total CPU usage of a Windows process.

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.


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Quote Senior systems engineer

“With PRTG, I can always be assured that the vital services to my Windows Infrastructure Environment are always running. If they do fail for some reason, PRTG quickly detects it and notifies me. By the time I go to fix the issue, PRTG already did it for me!”

Heather Pacan is Senior Systems Engineer at PAESSLER AG.

Trusted by 200.000 users
and recognized by industry analysts as a leader

“Fantastic network and infrastructure monitoring solution that is easy to deploy and easier still to use. Simply the best available.”

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“Software is absolutely perfect, Support is superior. Meets all needs and requirements, This is a must have solution if you are needing any form of monitoring.”

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“The tool excels at its primary focus of being a unified infrastructure management and network monitoring service.”

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  • Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days
  • After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version
  • Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime

itpro review

“Paessler’s PRTG Network Monitor 18.4 presents a well-designed console that tells you everything you need to know about your network. The huge range of sensors makes it a compelling choice for businesses of all sizes and the all-inclusive price means there are no hidden costs to worry about.”

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PRTG simplifies your day

Our monitoring software works for you and promptly notifies you of potential issues.
It frees you to concentrate on your day-to-day tasks with peace of mind.


PRTG saves time

With PRTG, you get one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.

PRTG saves worry

Customizing PRTG is a breeze. Getting started or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the PRTG auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.

PRTG saves money

80% of our customers report substantial or even exceptional cost savings in the area of network monitoring. The experience shows that the costs for licenses have paid for themselves within a matter of weeks.


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

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Free Download
  • Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days
  • After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version
  • Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime

Most administrators want to test a tool for free before deciding to make an investment.

The many advantages of PRTG:

1. Free trial version: Take the time to explore PRTG so you can determine if it satisfies your needs and meets your expectations. Once the trial is over, it’s easy to upgrade your already configured version of PRTG, which means you’re much less likely to make an incorrect purchase.

2. One tool, one overview: Administrators often use a variety of monitoring solutions for their network or for the individual components of their infrastructure. But using several different tools every time you want to create an overview costs time and energy. PRTG is an “all-in-one” solution. Our dashboard and app provide a comprehensive overview, whenever you want it.

3. Quick customer support: Got a question? Stuck on a problem and need a hand? PRTG is backed by a dedicated development and support team. We do our utmost to answer every customer inquiry within 24 hours (on business days). Browse all our support topics here.

Configure your PRTG today. The trial version is free of charge. Save time, worry, and money with our monitoring tool designed for your network and entire infrastructure.



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