System Health Monitoring

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System Health Monitoring

With EventSentry you can monitor parts of the Operating System to detect potential failures and problems. With System Health Monitoring EventSentry can generate alerts in the application event log and/or consolidate information (e.g. CPU usage history, installed applications) in a central database.

 

Overview

You can monitor the following system objects:

 

Services

Monitor and track any performance counter

Monitor the memory usage of processes to detect faulty applications with memory leaks

Monitor whether certain processes are active

Monitor and recording disk space

Monitor selected directories

Monitor certain registry keys and file locations to detect if applications are installed/uninstalled or if an application registers itself to be automatically started when a user logs in

Monitor directories for file size changes, file additions/deletions and file checksum changes

Ensure time is synchronized with a NTP server

 

Additionally you can

 

Launch command-line applications at defined schedules and have their output logged to the event log

Backup and clear event logs at defined schedules

Control Services

 

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All alerts generated by a system health feature (e.g. service status change, low disk space alert, performance alert) will be logged to the Application event log.

 

As such, the application event log will need to be monitored with at least one event log filter (this is enabled by default). In addition, every system health dialog includes an "Alerts ..." button which launches a wizard that will create the necessary event log filter.

 

See Alerts for more information.

 

Built-In System Health Packages

NETIKUS.NET maintains a set of health packages that contain common health settings for service, disk space and performance monitoring. These event log packages are installed automatically with EventSentry and can be updated automatically over the Internet. See Downloading Packages for more information.

 

Applying System Health Packages

To apply a health package, right-click the package and select "Assign". In the resulting dialog select a group or computer to apply the package to.

 

Creating and Deleting System Health Packages

To create a new health package right-click the System Health Packages container and select Add Package or right-click a system health package and select Add.

 

To delete a health package, right-click the package and select delete. All health objects contained in the health package will also be deleted.

 

Adding/Removing health objects to a Health Package

A health package consists of one or more health objects, whereas every monitoring feature (service monitoring, performance monitoring, etc.) is a health object that can be added to a health package.

 

To add a health object to a health package, right-click the health package and select the desired health object from the Add submenu:

 

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The new health object will appear under the health package with a blue wheel icon gear_16 associated with it. Please note that you cannot add more than one health object of the same type to the same health package. For example, you cannot add two Service Monitoring objects to the same health object.

 

To remove a health monitoring object, right-click the health object and select Remove this object.