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Is there any software that would allow you to view the system health data of lots of remote windows computers over the internet?

Preferably not overly complex, and free would be a big plus!

I would need to monitor the health of individual media center computers, each in a different location.

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How you acces the remote computers? "Home Computers" are noramlly firewalled from the internet. –  TomTom Sep 17 '10 at 13:17

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I would probably use nagios with passive checks if I could not set a nagios server on the remote network.

On enterprise server hardware you can use tools like the insight manager (HP), opemange (dell) and have the passive checks query those tools. check_openmanage does that for dell servers and check_hpasm for HP hardware. With those tools you monitor all hardware in the servers (except if you add other hardware yourself, obviously).

You can use opsview community instead of pure nagios if the infrastructure must be managed by people without linux/unix skills. Opsview is nagios with a nice interface, but all the plugins for nagios just work with opsview. Just download the vmware image and start monitoring from the web interface. It is a great product. If you need to burn cash for support, you may also get it. nagios passive checks docs

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Should be a lot of software to do it. Off the top of my head ZenOSS, HP OpenView come to mind.

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While not directly designed to monitor disks you can use SNMP for this kind of monitoring. It scales well, and there is support for it in Windows.

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You could use munin with SNMAagent. http://munin-monitoring.org/wiki/HowToMonitorWindows

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you could setup nagios and put it behind a password protected website page ?

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