Operating system monitoring
- PRTG monitors Windows
- PRTG monitors Linux and macOS
- PRTG uses SNMP, performance counters, and WMI
- PRTG is agentless monitoring
- PRTG comes with an alarm system
The starting point: Several different operating systems
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.
Many administrators work with a variety of network operating systems. Computers, servers, firewalls – the operating system landscape is vast.
PRTG stands out from the crowd as it is both customizable and compatible with all the major manufacturers.
Windows monitoring with PRTG
PRTG monitors the following Windows server/computer components: CPU, traffic, memory, hard drives, and much more. To do so, it uses Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), performance counters, and SNMP. PRTG will even analyze applications such as Windows SharePoint and Microsoft SQL, Windows Event Log files, and the Windows Security Center. More on Windows Monitoring.
Linux monitoring with PRTG
PRTG monitors Linux operating systems, which means it can also monitor the performance of your servers. To do so, it uses the protocols SNMP and SSH. PRTG runs on popular distributions such as Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, RedHat, and SUSE, and can also read data from other Linux distributions. More on Linux Monitoring.
Mac OS X monitoring with PRTG
PRTG also monitors macOS. Although it forms the basis for only the smallest of networks, macOS is often installed on workstations and sometimes even on servers. Here too, PRTG uses the SNMP protocol. Certain macOS systems (such as Yosemite - version 10.10) can also be monitored via SSH.
Other operating systems
Many network devices have their own operating systems. There are SonicWall firewalls, IBM servers, and Hyper-V virtualization solutions, just to name a few. The big advantage of PRTG is that it comes with sensors for specific manufacturers, as well as sensors that you can customize.
A sneak peek into monitoring with PRTG
Other sensors to help you get started
- SNMP sensors: Check out the many SNMP sensors of PRTG, which are specially designed for a variety of different manufacturers and operating systems.
- WMI/performance counter sensors: Explore our full range of predefined Windows sensors that run with Windows Management Instrumentation and performance counters.
- Common Sensors: Some of our most widely-used sensors include the Ping Sensor, Port Sensor, and HTTP Sensor.
The advantages of PRTG
Ping is a command-line utility, available on virtually any operating system with network connectivity, that acts as a test to see if a networked device is reachable. The ping command sends a request over the network to a specific device. A successful ping results in a response from the computer that was pinged back to the originating computer.
For all popular operating systems
PRTG is compatible with all the most popular operating systems. These include Windows, as well as Linux with its many distributions. If you use several operating systems at the same time, then PRTG can serve as your central monitoring tool.
For custom monitoring
The PRTG “custom sensors” allow you to synchronize your monitoring with your network and your application ideas. PRTG adapts to your network and is single-source monitoring.
The PRTG auto-discovery feature automatically searches for devices and sets up initial monitoring while the software is being configured. Auto Discovery uses ping queries and corresponding predefined device templates to save you precious time during setup.
With PRTG, there are no hidden fees. PRTG is all-inclusive software, which means you get the reporting functions, the notification system, and technical support at no extra charge. This makes calculating costs both clear and easy.
Your operating system monitoring at a glance –
even on the go
PRTG can be started within minutes and it's compatible with many mobile devices.
Agent Monitoring and Agentless Monitoring
WMI stands for Windows Management Instrumentation. Designed by Microsoft, it is an infrastructure for the standardized management of data and information that is device independent. Since Windows 2000, WMI comes preinstalled with Windows operating systems.
Agentless monitoring: Standard for PRTG
With PRTG, you won’t need to install software on the devices you’ll be monitoring. Our network monitoring tool functions without “agents.” PRTG uses well-known protocols such as SNMP, WMI or performance counters, and SSH, all of which run on your target devices. As a result, you’ll keep the strain on your system to a minimum and be able to quickly get started with your monitoring.
Agent monitoring for distributed monitoring and load balancing
Monitoring several networks with one monitoring solution is usually not possible, or else accompanied by exorbitant costs. PRTG is different: Thanks to its remote probes, you can even monitor distributed networks. Here’s how it works: a remote probe is created on a server in an external network, allowing all the devices in that location to be monitored. Because remote probes can be configured on any Windows system, e.g. for load balancing, you can also use PRTG as an agent-based monitoring tool, even if you are not usually required to do so.
Three case studies that show
why administrators use PRTG
"We were looking for an affordable, all-round product that could provide a broad overview of our entire IT infrastructure. PRTG fits the bill perfectly and has far exceeded our expectations.“
Erik Heskes, Senior Systems Administrator, Amsterdam Trade Bank
"Our infrastructure cannot go down. Period. And if it does go down, it must be detected and resolved immediately. At this point we couldn't live without PRTG."
Jonathan Hoppe, Co-Founder,
Total Uptime Technologies
"PRTG is a noticeable improvement on our previous network monitoring software. It's simple to use, very flexible and saves me and my team a lot of time."
Brian Corbett, Senior Infrastructure Analyst, Trowers & Hamlins LLP
- 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
Which Linux and mac OS distributions
are compatible with PRTG?
We regularly test distributions. Some of these include various versions of CentOS, openSUSE, Ubuntu, Debian, macOS, Fedora, Gentoo, Red Hat Enterprise, and OpenSolaris. See our knowledge base for an overview of the SSH sensors that are used.
You can set up SNMP on most operating systems and then use it to query the respective systems (see the following blog article: How to Enable SNMP on Your Operating System). Here’s an excerpt from our knowledge base:
“Hey Greg, what would you tell administrators looking to monitor their Windows Server with PRTG?“
„PerfCounter custom sensors are some of the most useful sensors to be overlooked by users. Imagine SNMP sensors, but for Windows performance counters. Simply find out the name of the counter you wish you monitor. There’s a great knowledge base article on this topic.
Once you have the name, setting up the sensor is a piece of cake. It’s amazing to think of how many PerfCounters are really available for Windows applications, especially those which don’t come from Microsoft itself. These counters often offer insights into applications or processes which you may have once thought to be impossible.“
Greg Campion is a SysAdmin at PAESSLER AG.
PRTG is a vital tool for getting your IT into tip-top shape!
The costs for a one-year PRTG license pay for themselves in an average of only a few weeks.
License costs vary according to the size of your network.
network management costs
PRTG saves time
spent on network management
“The greatest advantage of PRTG? You get to rest easy.“
Steffen Ille, Bauhaus-University of Weimar, Germany
PRTG: The Swiss Army knife for sysadminsAdapt 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
Still not convinced?
More than 300,000 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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Firewall Monitoring: Firewalls also have their own operating systems. PRTG keeps you constantly informed of the status of your firewalls. It monitors both incoming and outgoing network traffic. More on Firewall Monitoring.
Cloud Monitoring: Whether Amazon Cloud, VMware, or certain Cloud applications: with PRTG, you'll immediately receive a notification if something goes amiss in your Cloud systems. Find out more on our "Enter the Cloud" page.
Server Monitoring: Whether web, mail, or database: PRTG keeps you constantly up-to-date on the status of all your servers. Go about your work with peace of mind knowing that if anything goes wrong, you’ll be notified at once. More on Server Monitoring.
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