There is a fantastic overview of monitoring solutions here:

What tool do you use to monitor your servers?

Strikingly, none of the options seem to be:

  • Open Source
  • Windows-only (not Linux installs with Windows agents)
  • Robust (there are a few Windows efforts in the list that have not been updated for a long time).

Am I missing something? If I want to monitor my Windows servers, are my options to either purchase a commercial solution or run a Linux server?

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  • how about nagwin – tony roth Mar 8 '12 at 0:04
  • Hmmm... the press release says it can be downloaded from one of two locations, both of which don't have a download... Any idea how supported that packaging is? nagios.org/news/77-news-announcements/… – Eric J. Mar 8 '12 at 0:11
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    Did you see the notice on the question you linked to? This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site. – Zoredache Mar 8 '12 at 0:18
  • What exactly makes this question off-topic? Reading serverfault.com/faq I see that questions about monitoring are on-topic and I do not see anything that fits my question on the off-topic list. – Eric J. Mar 8 '12 at 3:06
  • once again its a bad closure reason, read his question carefully. Other then that I've never used nagwin, sorry. – tony roth Mar 8 '12 at 12:53

You haven't mentioned what version of windows servers you are trying to monitor or what services/applications you are interested in monitoring, but you are NOT limited to buying a commercial solutionor running a linux server yourself. You have several choices:

  1. Server 2008's Windows Performance and reliability monitor (included with server 2008) which includes Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor, which is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that combines the functionality of previous stand-alone tools including Performance Logs and Alerts, Server Performance Advisor, and System Monitor. It provides a graphical interface for customizing Data Collector Sets and Event Trace Sessions.

It also includes Reliability Monitor, an MMC snap-in that tracks changes to the system and compares them to changes in system stability, providing a graphical view of their relationship. Great technet article here, although it is not my favorite choice because of the Micro-softiness of it.

2 . Consider using a Software As A Service monitoring tool like the ones discussed in this post Any SaaS server monitoring tools around?

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