Detect High RAM Usage
RAM is most costly and scarce of all hardware resources; typically, in every system precautions are made to ensure system never runs out of RAM. Walkarounds such as using swapping are also used; however, it’s important to watch actual amount of RAM used or available. IPHost Network Monitor supplies you with built-in monitor types to handle this task: physical memory, page file or virtual memory can all be measured.
RAM usage monitor can be set to check either free or used RAM amount. WMI comes with this variable already available for queries; no additional WMI providers are required to watch memory usage.
To learn what actual free memory amount should be considered low, set up this monitor and let it run for several days. If typical applications are being run during all the testing period, you will detect bounds of allowed RAM usage and set problem conditions alerts as required.
In corresponding online help section longer description can be found to understand fully how the RAM usage monitor works. Note, that even if looking unlikely, certain tasks can require setting both memory usage metrics for the same host.
RAM Outages Prevention
Available amount of RAM can fluctuate significantly; without the mentioned test period, it could be impossible to tell what are the bounds to fit in and whether corresponding monitor alert refers to actual outage. Note that apart from initial bounds, trends should be used to see how RAM consumption changes as time goes. That could forewarn about more serious problems and give time to tune/upgrade host to make RAM usage reasonable.
Apart from watching trends, setting up several hardware monitors (CPU usage, disk space etc) can provide with more information and can help to alert administrator prior to RAM shortage takes place.It is also advisable to set up monitors for other hardware basic resources and watch the consumption for them all, to have more detailed picture of how system works.
When changing system settings and/or components list, it is recommended to repeat test period for all hardware monitors, as actual consumption can drastically change even after single new component is installed or updated.
Other hardware monitors
Looking for software to monitor memory usage and other hardware metrics? IPHost Network Monitor brings simple to use and lightweight monitor types to handle this task. Apart from RAM usage, WMI can be used on variety of Windows systems to monitor CPU load, count running processes, track disk usage and so on. Since more WMI providers can be installed, amount of hardware components that IPHost Network Monitor can get information from grows.
SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and SSH (Secure Shell) can be used as WMI replacement, when available. Majority of network devices can support several techniques to access its data and control them.
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