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Server monitoring with PRTG
- Professional unified server monitoring software: That's PRTG
- Defining and understanding server monitoring
- 3 good reasons for PRTG as your server monitoring software
- 5 common questions regarding server monitoring
- HTTP server error messages
- Your options: Free server monitoring or a license?
- How to avoid false alarms during server maintenance
- See what PRTG can do as your Virtual Server Monitoring
- Host monitoring with PRTG
Why is server monitoring important?
Servers are the backbone of your business. To minimize downtime and to ensure peak performance of your website and services, constant monitoring of your server infrastructure and your data center is vital.
By tracking the uptime, health, disk space and performance of your servers, you can prevent outages and identify bandwidth hogs. In addition, you are laying the foundation for delivering a great service to your customers, through a fast-loading and constantly available website.
Professional unified server monitoring software: That's PRTG
PRTG monitors all types of servers – even in distributed networks.
Here are a few examples of the kinds of servers for which PRTG provides predefined
sensors so you can get started with your server monitoring at once:
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.
Mail server monitoring
Mail servers, in particular, are sensitive issues for companies. When mail server glitches occur, employees are quick to complain, putting the support department under intense strain. With PRTG, you can monitor your mail servers permanently and be alerted in a timely fashion. IMAP, POP3, SMTP, and many more: we supply more than a dozen sensors for your mail server monitoring.
Web server monitoring
Website performance is a deciding factor for many companies – all the more so when they offer products and services via their websites. Downtime is costly, right from the very first second. That’s why PRTG also makes a whole range of sensors available for your web server monitoring (IIS, Apache, and more).
Database server monitoring
Practically all company information is stored in databases. When it comes to databases, performance is also the basis for the effective functioning of each and every department. PRTG thus offers a variety of sensors which are available for immediate use. These include sensors for the monitoring of MySQL, Microsoft SQL, and Oracle SQL. You can selectively choose HTTP content or perform database queries.
File server monitoring
If firms can’t access information, then nothing works. One of the tasks of administrators is therefore to ensure the file server runs smoothly, and as with other servers, avoid crashes. It’s not uncommon for administrators to search, say, for a specific FTP server monitoring tool. But PRTG has you fully covered in this area as well. For you get around 20 sensors just for your file server monitoring. Monitoring of NAS devices and storage area networks (SAN) is also supported by PRTG.
Monitor as many servers as you like...
With PRTG, you get a number of other predefined sensors which provide an overview of your entire server landscape in no time at all. You can create your own sensors whenever you want, and use the API to adapt PRTG to absolutely any special situation.
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Defining and understanding server monitoring
Information in real time
Server monitoring lets you monitor your servers in real time with regard to availability, accessibility, capacity, and overall reliability. With server monitoring, your servers are checked at regular intervals to ensure you always know their status.
Sysadmins monitor their servers because they wish to improve the stability and performance of their networks. If certain threshold values are exceeded, you’ll receive a warning message so you can take action at once. Our monitoring service helps you complete your everyday tasks. It provides you with a constant overview of your server resources.
Basis for analysis
Sysadmins analyze the values they receive from their monitoring software to develop courses of action. When studied over the long term, these values can help optimize various aspects that are responsible for the performance of your network, such as capacity planning. The PRTG reports feature is extremely useful for such optimization.
3 good reasons for PRTG as your server monitoring software
A server is a computer or system that provides resources, data, services, or programs to other computers, known as clients, over a network. In theory, whenever computers share resources with client machines they are considered servers. There are many types of servers, including web servers, mail servers, and virtual servers.
An integrated solution
Whether just a few servers or a large server farm: PRTG adapts dynamically to the size of your server landscape. And should you acquire more servers, all licenses are individually upgradeable. PRTG is an integrated solution: whether processors, memory, cooling fans, power supplies, or other components, our Server Monitoring Tool simultaneously monitors your servers as well as your entire infrastructure. PRTG immediately recognizes if a router or switch fails and causes a disruption in the server. Even virtual servers are recognized automatically and included in the monitoring.
Servers are the main elements of every IT infrastructure. Without them, a company is more or less unable to function. PRTG ensures system failures are as short-lived as possible – or even prevented in advance! Thanks to the e-mail or SMS alert feature, you’ll know straight away if complications arise. Locate errors directly: this will save you lots of time. You can even define the alert threshold values yourself. This means you’ll be notified before a shortage leads to a crash.
PRTG helps out with your capacity planning. Our Server Monitoring Tool lets you to promptly recognize when in the medium to long-term it will be necessary to increase your capacities. Our dashboard presents compelling charts which are perfect for convincing your higher-ups with no technical know-how to expand your resources. The tool also features detailed reports providing a basis for scheduling and continual process optimization.
5 common questions regarding server monitoring
1. How can I best protect my company from server failures?
When a server goes down, the IT department must take action quickly. PRTG helps you improve the reliability of your servers. If the load of individual hardware components such as CPU, hard drives, or RAM rises, you’ll be notified at once. With PRTG, all threshold values are customizable.
2. Can I monitor external servers from one central location?
PRTG can monitor your servers from one centralized location, even if your devices are in different parts of the world. To do so, the monitoring tool uses “remote probes.” Remote probes allow for agentless monitoring, which means you can monitor IT environments found in different locations than your own.
3. What kind of information is collected by a server monitoring tool?
There are many monitoring and analysis tools on the market. We recommend weighing the pros and cons of each (such as PRTG vs. Nagios). PRTG is a network monitoring tool that continually monitors your entire IT environment. This environment includes servers, as well as devices such as switches and routers from all the major manufacturers. Add to that bandwidth, applications, quality of service, and much more.
4. How does the alarm get triggered when a server malfunctions or goes down?
You yourself set the threshold values which, when exceeded, activate the sending of a warning message. You can also define how the message is sent. Options include email, push notification, SMS, syslog messages, and more. The PRTG alarm is fully customizable. You can, for example, set up a more rigorous notification system for critical infrastructures (such as your servers) than for individual workstations.
5. Will monitoring have a negative impact on the performance of my network?
Our sensors use a variety of protocols to monitor your network. These include SNMP, WMI, and performance counters. Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a commonly used standard created by Microsoft. Running WMI often puts great strain on a network’s load. If you decide to go with WMI, you’ll want to create as few WMI sensors as possible to ensure you don’t compromise the performance of your network. By contrast, the load generated by SNMP is quite insignificant, even for extensive monitoring with several thousand sensors. You’ll therefore rarely encounter drops in performance.
Virtual server monitoring included
In many companies, virtual servers are already a part of the IT structure. And for good reason: memory, hard disk space, and computing power can be allocated to individual applications dynamically. Resources are thus used in a considerably more efficient manner. PRTG monitors your virtual servers, right down to the very last detail.
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.
Try our multi server simulator!
Would you like to set up a collection of new servers but first test the behavior of your network? Then use our Multi Server Simulator! See how your network reacts – and which areas need work.
Predefined sensors for server products
PRTG includes predefined sensors for server computers of different vendors.
|Vendor||Server Monitoring Sensor|
|SNMP HPE ProLiant Logical Disk Sensor |
SNMP HPE ProLiant Memory Controller Sensor
SNMP HPE ProLiant Network Interface Sensor
SNMP HPE ProLiant Physical Disk Sensor
|SNMP Dell PowerEdge Physical Disk Sensor|
|SNMP Cisco UCS Physical Disk Sensor|
HTTP server error messages
Common server errors
All status codes beginning with “5” (5XX) are server errors – and therefore a problem. Server error 500 is a collective status code for unexpected server errors. All other server errors (501, 502, 503, etc.) are used to flag specific problems. Error 503, for example, means the website’s web server is currently overloaded or unavailable. For more information, see our knowledge base articles on HTTP status codes and sensors: Which HTTP status code leads to which HTTP sensor status? and Can I check for specific HTTP response codes with PRTG?
Web server monitoring
Error messages are clear evidence that web server monitoring makes sense. All the more so if the website is an important tool for the company. PRTG comes with a full range of HTTP sensors for monitoring websites as well as individual URLs.
Your options: Free server monitoring or a license?
Server monitoring freeware
You’re welcome to try the full version of PRTG for 30 days for free. After the first month, you can continue to use 100 sensors for as long as you like. For each of your devices, you’ll need around 10 sensors. The 100 free sensors are yours to choose however you please. These sensors often suffice for setting up basic server monitoring. If you have a small network, then the free version may be all you ever need. What’s more, the alarm and reports features are included.
PRTG offers a variety of different licenses. Each of these licenses gives you access to a specific number of sensors. If you need more sensors, you can simply upgrade your license. Any existing monitoring will remain unchanged. Many sysadmins start out with the free trial version. This lets you get a feel for the monitoring tool with no strings attached.
„Hey Arne, how do I avoid false alarms during server maintenance?“
“In practice, repairs in the short-term will be necessary. While working, your monitoring will not trigger false alarms. The one-time maintenance window allows you to pause monitoring for each individual device or device group. For regular maintenance, with PRTG you can easily create an automated schedule.”
Arne Seifert, technical support at Paessler AG
See what PRTG can do as your virtual server monitor
Virtualized servers come with greater complexity: when malfunctions occur at the hardware level, virtual machines are also affected. With PRTG, you get a complete overview at all times. PRTG is a monitoring solution for your entire infrastructure. Create a foundation that enables your efficient data structures to run as smoothly as possible – and watch as the improved utilization pays off.
There are a great many virtual environments. PRTG can monitor almost every single one. PAESSLER AG is a VMware technology partner. Our Server Monitoring Tool offers predefined sensors which are automatically applied. Find more information on VMware Monitoring with PRTG. Many different virtual environments can be monitored by PRTG, such as Hyper-V, XEN, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, Amazon EC2, and many more.
Virtual servers are often introduced when a company is in the midst of quick and vigorous growth. New system services must be installed without too much expense. PRTG is fast and easy to upgrade. It adapts to your growth dynamically. New sensors can be applied in just a few minutes and with next to no effort at all. This makes managing the server monitoring tool a real breeze.
Host monitoring for virtual servers
Especially in virtual environments, it's important to monitor all your hosts. Host monitoring with PRTG allows you to constantly keep track of the availability and performance of your host. Especially when there are multiple VMs running one host, it's absolutely crucial to ensure a proper allocation of the resources.
Host monitoring can also be important for web servers.
Whether you want to monitor physical or virtual servers, with PRTG you always keep an eye on the proper functioning of your hosts.
LDAP monitoring with PRTG
LDAP at a glance
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a protocol that queries information from distributed directory services. Directories contain object-related data which can be read by monitoring tools such as PRTG. One such directory is Active Directory, the Microsoft service created for use in a Windows server environment.
Getting started with LDAP monitoring
PRTG comes with an LDAP sensor. This sensor attempts to connect to the LDAP server using authentication via the distinguished name (DN), and displays the response time of your LDAP server in the event that the connection and authentication are successful. Note: the LDAP Sensor cannot use LDAP via SSL. For more information, see the log monitoring page on our website.
From PRTG 21.3.70 on, we released our first Redfish sensors.
With Redfish sensors, you can monitor server hardware in the datacenter using the Redfish protocol from the servers' management controllers like Lenovo XClarity, HPE iLO, or Dell iDrac. Redfish is the successor of IPMI and provides better security.
Redfish System Health sensor
This sensor monitors the overall system status and the status of various components such as power supplies or PCIe devices, if available.
Redfish Virtual Disk sensor
This sensor monitors the virtual disk of a Redfish Scalable Platforms Management API (Redfish)-capable server.
Redfish Power Supply sensor
This sensor monitors the power supply of a Redfish Scalable Platforms Management API (Redfish)-capable server.
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