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Monitoring Software: Which is best?

Posted on 2016-08-09
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The environment is as follows:

1) Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition that hosts 9 Virtual Machines (5 are 2008 R2, 3 are 2012 R2, and one is a linux appliance)

Here's my wishlist:

1) Monitor my servers and let me know if anything is in the red (memory, cpu usage, etc)
2) All me to do some reporting and pull metric information and do forecasting (being able to graph/chart would be a plus)
3) Cost needs to be reasonable (I can make a business justification to management if need be)
4) View the logs data on each server
5) Be lightweight, and not be a complete drag on the host system. I'd prefer the monitoring software be installed on the host machine and monitor the VMs from there
6) Trying to avoid a cloud based solution due to security constraints

Any help or recommendations you can provide would be helpful! Thank you!
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Take a look at ManageEngine OpManager and PRTG by Paessler.

https://www.manageengine.com/network-monitoring/

https://www.paessler.com/
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As Bryant mentioned, PRTG would be a good fit.  We offer a free 30-day trial, so you can see if it really does do what you're looking for.  It runs on Windows, so you can run it in one of the VMs on that host.

It's free for up to 100 sensors, which might be just enough for your one host and 9 VMs.  If you need more than 100 sensors, the first commercial license is 500 sensors.

PRTG includes pre-made sensors for VMware (both the host and the VMs), Windows and Linux.
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Forgot to mention that these VMs are on hyper-v, not sure if that makes a difference or not.

Going to leave this open for a couple of more days and see if I get any more responses. Appreciate the responses so far! These look great, can't wait to try them out.
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Hyper-V is fine in PRTG too -- there are also pre-built sensors for Hyper-V.
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How about deploying Spiceworks ?
http://www.spiceworks.com

It is freeware and got plenty of plugins.
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How about deploying Spiceworks ?
http://www.spiceworks.com

It is freeware and got plenty of plugins.

I've tried that in the past, and it doesn't have the ability to produce any reports and doesn't collect any data - it was also a bit of a system hog
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Hey Kim,

Do you know if there is any way to use more than one set of credentials for WMI purposes? I have two domains on the host server, and need to be able to monitor on both sides. However, I've only found one place to enter credentials at the root and it just inherits from top to bottom and I have one server that doesn't like that when using WMI (cpu load, free disk space, memory, pagefile usage, etc).

Other than that, this tool is working out pretty well
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Yes, you can set them to no inherit creds and provide new creds to use, you could do this per device/sensor I believe by just breaking inheritance
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Got it! Thank you, that was helpful.
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