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 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.

Failure of Windows Services

Failure of
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

Consequences of undetected failure

Consequences of
undetected failure

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.

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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

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. 

Top Service


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

Statistics on your used resources

Top Performance

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

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.

 i What 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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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.



Trusted by 500,000 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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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!



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 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.



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.



itpro review

“Businesses that want to monitor everything on their network without having to worry about extra costs or unsupported devices will find Paessler’s PRTG Network Monitor a fine choice. It dishes out sensors a bit more liberally than you’ll probably want, but these can be easily moved to where they’re needed, resulting in a monitoring solution that’s not only highly capable but good value.”

To the review


“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.


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



PRTG The Swiss Army knife

PRTG: The Swiss Army knife for sysadmins

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
  • REST Custom Sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides XML or JSON


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More than 500,000 sysadmins love PRTG

PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier.

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Monitor your entire IT infrastructure

Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network.




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