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 the availability of Windows services and alerts on when there is a disruption.
Why is Windows service monitoring important?
Every organization with a Windows environment
should monitor its Windows services.
Is your network more up or down? This report is an absolute must, for whenever your network is down, productivity and sales suffer. More on uptime monitoring
PRTG monitors both open and closed ports. Port monitoring plays a vital role in ensuring malware (such as Trojans) does not infiltrate your network. Without monitoring software, it’s next to impossible to keep an eye on all your open ports.
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.
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.
Sensors for Windows service monitoring
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
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
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.
How PRTG defines sensors
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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PRTG is set up in a matter of minutes and can be used on a wide variety of mobile devices.
PRTG makes your job easier
Our monitoring software frees you to focus on other tasks by promptly notifying you of potential issues.
PRTG gives you one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.
Getting started with PRTG is a breeze. Setting up or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.
“In all, when it comes to on-premises monitoring solutions, PRTG Network Monitor is very hard to beat. It provides a terrific range of sensor options for both local devices and cloud services, along with plenty of monitoring facilities, yet it’s easy to manage, and comes with a simple, affordable pricing scheme that’s perfect for SMBs.”
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“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.
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Over 95% of our customers say yes!
Paessler AG conducted trials in over 600 IT departments worldwide to tune its network monitoring software closer to the needs of sysadmins.
The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG – or already have.
“Easy to implement and configure with good technical support.”
R. v. S., ICT Manager at Heinen & Hopman Eng BV
PRTG: The multi-tool for sysadminsAdapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs and rely on a strong API:
- HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects via HTTP requests
- Custom sensors: Create your own PRTG sensors for customized monitoring
- Custom notifications: Create your own notifications and send action triggers to external systems
- REST Custom sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides data in XML or JSON format
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