By Laura Hartman on Jun 30, 2009
You probably know that you can use Sun xVM Ops Center to monitor your Solaris and Linux systems, but did you know that you can also manage and monitor your systems running the Windows OS? You might need to configure your system for remote monitoring, but once that's done, you can set monitoring thresholds and watch your Windows system without running around.
To enable remote management and monitoring operations, you must use the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) infrastructure to grant access through your Windows Firewall. WMI is usually installed on Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows 2008, but is disabled.
Once you configure your system for remote monitoring, you can discover it, install the agent software, and then begin monitoring. You can set thresholds and monitor your CPU, memory, swap space, file system, I/O, and power information. If you're interested in trend analysis and forecasting, you can chart a history of the CPU, memory, I/O and power data.
See Monitoring a Windows OS for more info.