SysKit 2016 R2 – 8.0 – 20,000 Metrics Under the Sea!

Well, it’s been six months since our last release, and many things have happened since then. The last videocassette recorder has been manufactured, a new planet similar to Earth has been discovered, and the iPhone 7 has finally been presented to the public.

But you came here to read about SysKit news, right?

SysKit 2016 R2 – 8.0 brings you the biggest revolution in SysKit product updates since…well, the dawn of time! Just keep on reading.

Monitor detailed SharePoint performance

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We always start with a simple idea: We develop, you monitor. Now you can monitor server performance in as much detail as you like with our new SharePoint performance monitoring feature.

Improving the response time of your WFE and APP servers, minimizing database issues, and in-depth monitoring of your SharePoint servers – SysKit’s got you.

With SysKit, you can monitor every server performance metric imaginable so you can seamlessly manage your system admin tasks. Let’s see, shall we? For example, you can check the number of SQL transactions on a selected server or the number of SharePoint users at any given moment. Multiple SharePoint performance metrics can also be compared across different servers in your farm, or across different farms.

To add to this, you can even track all those performance metrics through history, which allows you to place SharePoint performance metrics against a set of server baselines. That way you can get insight into potentially arising issues and make room for improvements. Besides SharePoint, performance monitoring can be used to monitor performance metrics on all server roles, including Citrix XenApp, IIS, and SQL Servers.

Monitor specific server roles

Do you know what the key to successful server monitoring is?

It’s the ability to capture specific performance counters for specific servers. The problem is that server roles, such as SQL, Application, or WFE, require different performance counters and services to be monitored, and there isn’t a standardized template for them all. For example, the SQL Server is vulnerable to numbers of SQL Server transactions and queue, the app server has a lot of background processes to watch, and WFE must have a fully functional IIS.

However, SysKit comes with a predefined set of templates with which you can monitor different server roles separately. Each template is designed for a specific server role and tracks the specific set of performance metrics that are essential for that role.

In addition to the the predefined SysKit monitoring templates, you can create your own templates and assign them to servers or logical server groups. Let’s say you have a Citrix XenApp server. You can monitor Citrix-specific counters such as Citrix CPU Utilization Mgmt User, Citrix IMA Networking, ICA Session, or Citrix Licensing.

The benefit of using SysKit monitoring templates is that you get to decide how specific server role is going to be monitored, set thresholds and adjust counters to fit the accompanying server role. Basically, you can monitor your SharePoint, SQL, or Citrix servers just by applying different templates to the different server roles.

Monitor sets of performance metrics specific only for designated server roles.

Generate automated server documentation with PowerShell

If you think generating detailed server documentation is a nightmare, think again.

SysKit generates your complete server documentation using PowerShell, and in just a matter of minutes. Can you imagine how proactive that feels? Connect to a remote server, make a few clicks, and consolidated server documentation of your entire system environment appear right in front of you. Just like that!

Now you can finally take the art of server monitoring to a whole new level. And here’s what else new SysKit will do for you: ease your server maintenance tasks and allow you to track and audit server configuration changes.

Documentation is generated using PowerShell scripts, meaning you can reach any data imaginable with the use of PowerShell. Those PowerShell scripts can either be imported from our side or written manually by you to generate specific documentation reports.

Once you’re finished, export the documentation in XLSX or PDF format, and you’re ready to present it to your clients or colleagues.

Organize your servers in logical server groups

When you need to monitor a system that contains a lot of servers and different environments, things can quickly spiral out of control.

With SysKit, it all gets simpler.

Group your servers into multiple logical server units. This way you’ll be splitting your system into smaller fractions, making it easier to monitor and administer.

Use the logical server groups to apply a specific action to a specific group of servers only, while others stay intact. For example, apply an untested patch to your UAT servers while leaving your production unchanged. Assign each server to a custom logical group, and start automating your tasks and generating reports for the targeted logical server units only.

Now doesn’t this make the overall system administration much less risky?

group your servers into multiple logical server units

Meet the new SysKit pricing model

Our pricing got a bit of a refresh with the introduction of SysKit editions in this latest upgrade. We’re giving you a fresh choice between our three SysKit editions: Standard, Professional, and Enterprise. Each edition provides a number of features you can use within the SysKit application.

STANDARD

– This basic edition includes reports about application usage and user activity on servers. And yes, monitoring is still agentless!

PROFESSIONAL

– This advanced edition includes inventory, event log, and license reports as well as all the features from the Standard edition.

ENTERPRISE

– This flagship edition includes all the features from the Professional edition, as well as additional performance reports and web app access.

For more information about SysKit editions and pricing, visit our pricing page.

To get more technical details about SysKit 8.0, please check out our official release note. You can install and use SysKit 30 days for free, so give it a try!