Paessler PRTG

Monitor your Windows
services with PRTG


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    Ensure your critical Windows services are running

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    Take automated action when your Windows services stop

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    Be notified when there is a
    disruption of services














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

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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 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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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

Set up PRTG in minutes and use it on almost any mobile device.


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 in one view!


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PRTG makes your job easier

Our monitoring software frees you to focus on other tasks by promptly notifying you of potential issues.


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Save effort

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.

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Save time

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.

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Save money

80% of our customers report substantial cost savings with network monitoring. Your costs of licenses will likely pay for themselves within weeks.



itpro review

“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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Create innovative solutions with Paessler’s partners

Partnering with innovative vendors, Paessler unleashes synergies to create
new and additional benefits for joined customers.

IP Fabric

Combining the broad monitoring feature set of PRTG with IP Fabric’s automated network assurance creates a new level of network visibility and reliability.

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Paessler and Plixer provide a complete solution adding flow and metadata analysis to a powerful network monitoring tool.

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With ScriptRunner, Paessler integrates a powerful event automation platform into PRTG Network Monitor.

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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.


We asked: would you recommend PRTG?
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.


Recommend PRTG


“Easy to implement and configure with good technical support.”

R. v. S., ICT Manager at Heinen & Hopman Eng BV


PRTG the multi-tool

PRTG: The multi-tool for sysadmins

Adapt 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


Still not convinced?



More than 500,000 sysadmins love PRTG

Paessler 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.



Try Paessler PRTG for free

Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free. Start now with your trial.




Network Monitoring Software - Version (June 13th, 2024)


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