This article outlines all necessary steps for loading custom performance counters and the successful performance monitoring of your Windows environments.
We’ll break down how you can load custom performance counters into SysKit Monitor using Template Wizard.
- In the General step, simply enter the Monitoring Template name and description. You can also choose whether you want to include Performance Counters or Windows Services, or both, in this Template.
- In the Add Counters step, you will need to select the computer from which you wish to load representative Performance Counters. When a representative list of performance counters is loaded from a computer, you must select the performance counters and instances for which you want to collect data. Move the desired performance counters from Available to Selected Performance Counters.
The representative performance counters that are loaded from a computer may vary based on the features of the selected computer that are enabled on that system.
- In the Configure Counters step, you will need to configure the Threshold, Notification, and Counter settings for the selected performance counter(s) in the previous step.
- Under Threshold Settings, you can define the warning and critical thresholds and the threshold state change interval.
- Under Notification Settings, you can select the checkbox in order to receive an email notification when the computer crosses a warning and/or critical threshold. You can also define the length of time before the alert notification is to be repeated for that counter.
- Under Counter Settings, you can define the Collecting Tolerance, which means that not every collected value will be saved into the product database. Only new counter values that cross the specified tolerance, when compared to the last saved values, will be registered and saved.
- In the Add Services step, you can select the services you wish to add to the template. SysKit Monitor collects all the Windows Services that are running on your monitored computers in real time, so you can always choose the important services—from the list of all available services—according to your preferences. In this step you can also add Windows Services that are not currently listed, by typing the Service Name of the designated Windows Service into the lower textbox. Asterisk * wildcard is used to represent a number of characters or an empty string, e.g. MSSQL*. After you select and move the desired services from Available Services to Selected Services, you can proceed with the next step.
- In the Configure Services step, you can define actions for the selected services in the previous step. Here you can configure the following options:
- select the checkbox so that SysKit Monitor will try to restart a critical service after it has stopped;
- select the checkbox to receive an email notification when a selected service is stopped;
- define the length of time before the alert notification is to be repeated for that service.
In the last step, after your Monitoring Template has been configured successfully, please click the Finish button. You can then use the created template and assign it to the appropriate computers or computer groups.