IPHost WMI Monitoring Tool
WMI monitoring tool is one of the simple IPHost Monitors. WMI, or Windows Management Instrumentation provides an operating system interface; instrumented components can provide information and notification through this interface. WMI became the universal means to interface a number of services (providers) through the unified interface.
WMI can be monitored manually using the so called WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line); however, crafting the proper queries isn’t a trivial and easy task. Parsing the results under Windows isn’t an easy task, either. The lack of proper monitoring in case if Windows system could result in a serious problem left unhandled and quickly render system unusable. IPHost Network Monitor provides means to simplify the usage of WMI-based monitoring.
To create an IPHost WMI monitor, provide host name (it must be a Windows host). There are several default WMI monitors available: CPU load, memory available, bytes sent/received by the host. You can also specify custom WQL query to access any other provider available (please refer to the related documentation to create a valid query, list of available WMI properties is provided). Specify namespace (in most cases the default one will do), authentication credentials (domain, name and password) and parameter to divide the result by, to use later to raise alerts if necessary. Unless SUM or COUNT query function is used, the first column of the returned result is interpreted as an integer value (used to calculate performance value).
WMI queries cover a vast amount of inquiries about system resources. Hardware parameters – e.g., local or network drives capabilities, including free space, size and device id; information of currently available system resources; get parameters of any process running; query system services state and so on. IPHost WMI monitors can be used to acquire all the important data about local or remote Windows host. You can collect data on most applications, Active Directory domain services, and hardware performance parameters via WMI queries.
It is recommended to use simpler monitor wherever possible, since WMI queries, especially complex ones, can be longer to run and use more resources. Note that SNMP monitors are used to provider similar functionality on non-Windows hosts.
There are several predefined WMI monitors to control a host’s hardware and OS resources and performance. They obtain the monitoring data via WMI protocol and use only counters available out of box, i.e. there is no need to install additional WMI providers on the host being monitored.
- WMI CPU Monitor (checks total/user/system time, etc.);
- WMI Memory monitor (keeps track of physical/virtual/pagefile memory usage);
- WMI Disk monitor (watches disk space space usage for any selected disk drive);
- WMI Process monitor (counts processes number, monitors processes’ CPU and memory usage).
Description of other features:
|Monitoring Features||Here you can find the list of monitor types supported in IPHost Network Monitor and brief description of their parameters.|
|Application Templates||Here you can find the list of application templates supported in IPHost Network Monitor and their short description.|
|Network Discovery||Helps you to create a basis of your monitoring configuration and automates the task of detection network hosts and network services.|
|Alerting Features||Here you can find the list of alert types (ways of reaction to the problems happened during monitoring) available in IPHost Network Monitor, and their brief description.|
|Reporting Features||Here you can find the list of report types available in IPHost Network Monitor with brief descriptions.|
|IPHost Network Monitor interfaces
|Here you can find an overview of IPHost Network Monitor components, Windows and web interfaces.|