Decent server performance monitoring tool needed!

Posted on 2006-04-11
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Dear experts,

I need a tool to monitor 6-10 servers, it doesn't have to be centrally managed. (ie. 1 log per server on that server is ok, all logs sent to 1 desktop for monitoring is better).

I specifically need a tool because I dislike the built in performance monitor in win2k3. I need logs of server performance for 1 week in terms of disk usage, cpu usage, memory usage. This is to assess each server usage in a week time, peak's etc for migration to vmware (need to know how much capacity I need to buy).

I've tried like 20 tools, trial and freeware to no avail. I don't mind if something's a fully functional time limited trial, since I only need it for 1 week of monitoring. I also don't mind if I have to pay, but I'm only willing to pay a max of 100USD total (for all 10 servers). since it's bull to spend money on something you use for a week only.

****So, please suggest only cheap or free tools that can put cpu usage, disk usage and memory usage into a nice graph for a full week's monitoring after which I can see for each server what they structurally use.****
Question by:Azhrei1
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    hope that meets what you need    otherwise we are using whatsup gold but thats more for routers and switches etc - that WILL provide a lot of network analyzing for you though
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    You can try with Big Brother.

    As I expereinced best solution ever saw is Big Brother. You can install Big brother professional server in a one machine.
    And you can installl Big brohter client on other machines.
    Then you can view in all severs in single web page about  CPU, HardDisk, EMAIL, FTP, SSH, HTTP, ..etc is up or not and usage.

    Please download windows installation from
    If you need any help regarding BB Installation plz reply to me.
    BR Dushan
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    Jay_Jay, I'll accept your answer, because I tried your suggestions before I read dushan's reply, deksi doesn't work btw because it doesn't gather statistical information. The windows built-in monitor does, and with the tutorial it wasn't very hard to figure it out using snmp.

    Dushan, thanks for the reply, big brother seems like a tool I could use at home maybe, but I had to sign up for all kinda stuff before I could use it, and I hate signing up for yet another site/etc...

    Problem solved.
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    cool cool thanks mate

    this is what i mentioned at the end - new version just released

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