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I am working in a project to virtualize about 200-300 SCADA systems (The PC running the HMI ). The operating systems on the SCADAs vary, NT4, Win 2000, Win 2003, XP, some have different service packs.

For monitoring hardware health  they are currently using HP Insight manager 2.0 agents and HP insight manager 5.0 on the server. For troubleshooting they use Damewore to access the processes running on the SCADAs.

I am looking into a solution for monitoring:
1. Hardware status: disks, psu, temperature,
2. Configuration of Virtual machines
3. The operating system and the applications running inside the virtual machine

I've looked into Microsoft System Center, but I can't find an answer if it is a feasible solution for my problem.

Is it possible to find a single product that can monitor (according to the three points above) as well as keeping reports and statistics.




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If you are good at scripting, you could make simple scripts that query WMI information such as memory, HD, etc.
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Hi, thanks for your replies. I am an external consultant at the company. My goal is to find a software suite that can take care of all the monitoring needs without having to use several applications and scripting.

If the system environment was a modern and based on servers it would be a different story. But this is unfortunately not the case. Is it even possible to monitor processes running inside virtual nt4 machines? Dameware is used today to troubleshoot, but it would be very useful to be able to set up alarms if certain processes hog all the memory or CPU.

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GFI Nework Server Monitor http://www.gfi.com/nsm

This is a popular tool and can monitor servers and processes for you
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And that does support NT4 as long as you have SP5 installed.
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Hi OriNetworks:

It appears to me that GFI Network Server can monitor the logical status of server hardware along with all the services running on the machine. But I couldn't find any information if it supports VM ware, or if it can monitor the physical health of the host computer.




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Are you using VMWare installed on top of a microsoft OS? If so, then you can use GFI to monitor this just like any of the other servers. If not, this might not work for monitoring the hosts physical health.

I just remembered that you can also check out SolarWinds which has great monitoring tools. http://www.solarwinds.com/
http://www.solarwinds.com/products/orion/
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