Monitoring Templates within SysKit are designed to make it as easy as possible for you to analyze system performance and simplify the performance monitoring of your Windows environments.
From a single console, you can monitor application and hardware performance in real time, customize the data you want to collect with SysKit, define thresholds for computer state and alerts, generate reports, and view performance data history through various SysKit reports.
Performance Counters are the numeric data values that SysKit collects by monitoring computers. They can be included in the operating system or can be part of individual applications. A unique set of Windows performance counters provides statistical information for components such as processor, memory, processes, hard disk, and cache. SysKit can also monitor performance counters for external components such as databases, applications, and printers.
SysKit provides a Template Wizard for customization of performance counters collection. With the Template Wizard, you can discover and load the same performance counters that are accessible through Microsoft Performance Monitor.
The Monitoring Template within SysKit is a collection of performance counters to be monitored, and it includes the associated rules and suggested threshold values to detect out-of-bounds conditions.
SysKit comes with a predefined set of Monitoring Templates for some of the most common server roles—including SQL, IIS, and SharePoint—to quickly get you up and running with performance monitoring.
SysKit can request the current value of performance counters at a specified interval. The default performance counters collection interval is set to 60 seconds.
Every Monitoring Template needs to contain at least one monitoring element of two that are currently available: Performance Counters and Windows Services. You can create separate Monitoring Templates for Windows Services and assign them to designated computers or computer groups.
Once SysKit is up and running on your server, all counters that exist on a representative computer can be discovered and loaded during the Monitoring Template creation process. Afterwards, when a Monitoring Template is assigned to designated computers or computer groups, SysKit will discover and bind all available counters and their instances on the computers you have specified for monitoring.
Monitoring the health of a computer system is incredibly important. That’s why Microsoft built performance monitoring into the very first version of Windows NT. Now you can start monitoring custom performance counters using SysKit’s Template Wizard.
You can create Monitoring Templates to monitor various performance metrics on specific computers or computer groups. Each monitoring template should reflect the specific computer role (SharePoint, SQL, IIS, etc.).