NetCrunch comes with an exhaustive and professional Windows monitoring solution. Windows monitoring relies on various protocols such as RPC and WMI. NetCrunch includes about 20 monitoring packs (kind of monitoring setting templates) for Windows monitoring. NetCrunch Monitoring packs tracks much more than just memory, disk, and CPU utilization parameters.
You can monitor anything with universal WMI sensor, including performance counters and events. In some situations using Powershell scripts can come in handy, which NetCrunch provides out-of-the-box.
NetCrunch tracks events, service state, processes, and many performance metrics of the system. It can also be used to monitor workstation activity and to notify you when somebody turns on workstation outside the office hours.
NetCrunch can also monitor your Windows machines with SNMP, but it's a rather unusual case as everything you normally need can be achieved with WMI, PerfMon or Powershell.
NetCrunch allows you to monitor numerous metrics using native Windows performance counters or WMI objects and metrics
NetCrunch monitors events on Windows system with WMI and predefined Monitoring Packs
Monitor Windows services out-of-the-box and get alerted when service stopped or is not running.
Get insight into most important parts of the systems remotely
NetCrunch allows you to monitor a single process or a group of processes
With SQL data sensor you can monitor SQL Server database connection and the server performance data
NetCrunch includes monitoring of Hyper-v hosts and virtual machines
NetCrunch provides easy to use sensors for monitoring updates and reboots
Leverage power of WMI without a need for scripting with 12 ready to use sensors
Although NetCrunch provides an extensive list of monitoring facilities, there is always a need for something more, and Powershell comes to the rescue
Track all hardware components and installed software
You can remotely monitor files and folders on Windows machines
NetCrunch allows you to remotely monitor all Windows performance counters, including disk counters. The list of available counters depends on the particular system and applications installed. You can set alert triggers on counters using eight different trigger types.
You can easily see all trends and state of each threshold in node status window.
We make selecting counters painless. If you have ever tried to find the right object and counter in the native Windows counter window, you know how difficult it can be without filtering.
Monitoring logs is a crucial part of Windows monitoring.
NetCrunch can remotely gather, filter and analyze data from multiple Windows machines using WMI.
It allows you to define simple alert filters to convert event log events into NetCrunch alerts.
These filters are automatically converted into appropriate WQL queries so you do not have to write any code.
It's as simple as it sounds.
Monitoring Windows services is essential for monitoring most applications installed on Windows Server. The most frequent alert set on services is "Service is not Running".
NetCrunch also offers a view of services in the node status window, allowing remote control of Windows service.
For each Windows machine, you get access to the system views tab of node status window.
You get a list of services, processes, sessions, and pending alerts. For Hyper-V machines, you also get a list of virtual machines.
NetCrunch can monitor resource utilization of a single Windows process, and can also display the top charts of most utilized processes in a group of nodes.
This sensor allows the monitoring of the selected process. It offers such counters as processor utilization, handles, instances, memory, and threads.
The sensor extends the Process sensor functionality by the ability to track multiple processes and using the wildcard (*) in the process name and adding multiple name patterns separated with a comma.
NetCrunch can monitor various aspects of Microsoft SQL Server.
It allows monitoring of key performance metrics, Windows and Network Services, MS SQL event log warnings and errors. It contains several reports such as Processor Bottleneck Analysis, Disk Usage, and Performance, Memory Usage Analysis, SQL Server CPU Performance, SQL Server Memory, SQL Server /O Report.
SQL Server protocol is one of 70 application protocols that NetCrunch recognizes and checks for availability.
NetCrunch provides two sensors to query data from SQL sensor. You might use it to check the authentication process or get data from system tables, or from the database. NetCrunch supports native client connection to SQL Server.
NetCrunch can monitor summary of hypervisor services and state of virtual machines run by Hyper-V on Windows systems.
NetCrunch automatically detects that the system is running Hyper-V services and adds Hyper-V Server Monitoring Packs which tracks the state of Hyper-V services.
If you monitor Hyper-V host, NetCrunch recognizes that the machine is running on Hyper-V server and it shows the additional information in the Node Status window and allows you to configure alerts related to virtual machine state and parameters.
You can get information about virtual machines and hosts as grid views for a given group of nodes.
Read more in Hyper-V Monitoring
The sensor monitors the status of Windows updates on a selected computer. The sensor counts installed updates, updates available to install, and a number of not yet installed updates.
This sensor checks a Windows machine for pending reboots using WMI. To use it, you need to provide valid credentials for the monitored Windows machine. By default, it triggers alert on pending reboot.
Basic sensors are designated to serve specific purposes such as monitoring perfmon, process, shares or the time difference. Advanced sensors are more general and allow to explore WMI classes or to create own WQL queries.
NetCrunch monitors performance data natively but we provide WMI implementation as an alternative in case when data can only be retrieved through WMI. The sensor doesn't require using cryptic WMI class names to get to the data; it maps objects and classes automatically.
This sensor monitors the status of windows share. You can enter share name manually or from the list.
It allows the monitoring of a single process.
The sensor extends the process sensor functionality by the ability to track multiple processes.
The sensor checks the Windows Domain Controller for replication errors.
The sensor checks if the machine is waiting for reboot because of the updates
Monitors the status of Windows updates on a computer. Allows triggering an alert on failed update.
The sensor checks connectivity from a remote system by running Ping remotely.
The sensor checks the time difference between a remote machine and the reference machine (NetCrunch Server or NTP server).
This sensor can monitor HDD disk health state if the disk implements SMART technology that allows predicting disk failure.
The sensor allows selecting WMI class and instance key to retrieve object properties.
The sensor monitors a specific WMI object without the need of writing WQL query.
The sensor allows running custom WQL query and processing its result.
NetCrunch provides all you need natively trough counters or by WMI. Thanks to high-performance implementation, it can monitor thousands of machines.
But, it happens that something can't be done with existing facilities or it can be simply added using existing scripts.
The sensor allows you to execute a script or program on the local NetCrunch Server machine, and then it processes the result. The script can connect to the remote machine and poll data in its own way (i.e. remote Powershell execution) as NetCrunch can pass credentials to script.
The sensor executes a script using SSH on a remote machine. SSH is now available on Windows so it seems to be a convenient alternative to remote Powershell scripting.
NetCrunch can collect hardware and software inventory information from Windows computers.
The program shows detailed information about each Windows machine and it also displays a list of installed fixes. NetCrunch allows you to compare each audit and can show changes in hardware and software areas. The program includes a software summary view for multiple nodes.
The file sensor allows you to monitor file presence, its size or if and when it was modified. It can also be used to search file contents, or for finding new text log entries and converting them into NetCrunch alerts.
The Folder sensor allows you to watch specific folder contents, like when a new file is added or if any files are removed.