Windows Server Monitoring. Made really easy.
February 21, 2019
Monitoring your Windows servers accurately and reliably does not have to involve the installation of complex software or spending hours configuring tools - a modern cloud monitoring solution must overcome the legacy difficulties experienced by DevOps and System Admins.
CloudRadar was created to do exactly that. Here's how:
What critical Windows server metrics is a must to monitor?
To start with, the “Heartbeat” check gives you minute-to-minute availability of your servers.
After that, you need to track the most critical performance metrics, services and processes:
- Keep on top of performance metrics including measuring your CPU load, memory utilization, disk space fill levels and Input/Output bandwidth.
- Monitor the run status of all the processes on the server and see immediately when a process has crashed in order to remedy the situation and avoid downtime.
CloudRadar addresses all of these requirements (over 50 metrics in total) in a simple, uncluttered and easy to use interface that you can use in three ways:
- Check the status of all your servers in one complete dashboard for an instant overview:
- Access a view with the state of all metrics per server:
- Delve into the historical performance with detailed graphs and analysis:
Knowing when you need to act
Monitoring performance is only the first step. It is not possible to look at your monitoring dashboard view 24x7, so you need to be reliably alerted when something goes wrong, or when an issue is developing (e.g. disk space reaching critiocal levels).
False Alerts - or not having the right alerts set up - is a common problem with setting up monitoring systems. the bane of any System Admin’s existence. Alerts can be complicated to configure, it often takes time, and often still goes wrong. The result is downtime, cumbersome interruptions and business impact.
CloudRadar has simplified this process - and ensures both completeness and reliability:
- Proven notification rules and pre-configured alert channels - this means that the solution is active right from the start with full and reliable functionality. For instance, as a pre-set, you will get a notification when any disk reaches 95% fill-level. No more wasted hours trying to figure it out.
- You can customise alerts and rules - or set up new ones - at any time. The Graphial Rules Editor allows you to customise the conditions for any check that triggers an alert. There is no limit to the number of checks that can be configured per server.
- No False Alerts - all alerts are triple-checked instantly to minimize disturbance from false alerts.
- Choose the channel - as a default, all alerts are sent to your profile email. Or set up more channels: Slack, Telegram, PushOver, WhatsApp, SMS or your own Webhooks.
Effective and fast setup
Monitoring server infrastructures can be complex, with hybrid setups - partly located on-premise, with third parties and in the cloud.
The most efficient monitoring solution across these setups is an agent-based approach - a tiny, secure, one-way agent is installed on each server, transmitting metrics to a central monitoring console.
CloudRadar is designed to be instantly available and extremely easy to use. This is achieved with:
- Instant SAAS setup, without the need to install and maintain local software.
- Guided setup wizards for server/host creation and agent installation.
- Immediately active with pre-configured smart defaults on key checks/metrics and alerting.
All your server are not necessarily on the same software version.
Cloudradar had been developed to support Windows Server 2012, 2016, 2019 and Windows 7 and 10
(It also includes Linux servers - RedHat/CentOS, ubuntu, Debian and Suse)
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Realising that, you can try CloudRadar free for 15 days - so you can verify that it works for you. No risks, and no credit card required.
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Author: Nicholas Thiede