Monitoring CPU Load With WMI

Notice High CPU Usage

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WMI CPU load monitor

CPU usage should be watched closely, as CPU power is scarce resource, not easily augmented. As the above parameter is supported by default WMI installation, measuring CPU load is possible even without additional WMI providers.

WMI CPU load type monitor can provide you with several CPU metrics, namely:

  • total active time
  • user time
  • system time
  • interrupts per second
  • context switches per second

You are encouraged to read more about above metrics in online help pages. Important: it might become necessary to monitor several metrics for the same hardware resource on the same host.

Watch And Plan CPU Usage

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WMI CPU load monitor settings

CPU load can vary significantly in the course of time, that’s normal for many installation. If frequent bursts of high CPU load are happening, it should signify the setup isn’t optimal, and certain applications are most probably in need of tuning. To know the typical usage, it’s enough to create such a monitor and leave it running for a day or two, without setting up any alerts.

It is generally advised to monitor other hardware resources as well (such as memory usage etc), to get wider picture of what resources utilization can depend on during typical business day. When possible, creating artificial higher load on resources can help to find possible bottlenecks.

Watching trends for CPU usage as time goes can give you estimations on whether it’s growing, what processes are involved and whether the system being monitored can become short of CPU power in foreseeable future/

Other hardware monitors

Looking for software to monitor CPU load, as well as memory usage and other base hardware components? IPHost Network Monitor offers efficient and easy to use monitor types to handle this task. Beyond CPU load, WMI can be used on variety of systems to monitor RAM usage, disk space used/remaining and number of running processes. Adding more WMI providers can expand the list of hardware components one can monitor; refer to proper sources on how to add those providers when necessary.

SNMP (Simple Network Management protocol) and SSH (Secure Shell) can also be used, generally on any device or on Unix-like system, correspondingly. In many a case several monitoring methods can be utilized on the same device. Choose whatever suits better specific needs of the task you solve.

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