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Monitoring tools for Windows servers

vmstatServer monitoring is a foundational component to any data center monitoring architecture but it has become a crutch and a deterrent to successfully building out a holistic monitoring platform. Servers exist to run applications and you will never properly monitor applications with server monitoring alone.

What are some server monitoring tools?

Unix system administrators use tools like sar, vmstat, nmon, top, topas, and netstat to monitor my servers in real time. In the Windows world admins use perfmon for my real time monitoring needs.

What’s the problem?

The problem is that none of the server monitoring tools are capable of knowing how your applications are performing. Some of them can probe your application to see if it is available or not but none can tell you why your application has ceased to function.Application Flow Map No server monitoring tool can tell you any of the following:

  • What is the response time of every request to my application?
  • What components of my application are involved in any of my transactions and where is the slow down?
  • How does the application code execute in the run time?
  • What part of the application code is slow?
  • What application functionality is used, how often, and how does it perform?
  • What application functionality is throwing exceptions and what are they?
  • Did a slow external service call impact my application response time and by how much?

What’s the solution?

The best solution to the problem at hand is to use the latest generation of Application Performance Monitoring (APM) tools. APM tools understand the inner workings of your applications. They can see the code executing, the entry and exit calls to the application, the transactions flowing through and across multiple application components, exceptions and their associated impact, and much, much more.

Dynamic application flow map showing all application components.

Business Transactions Call Graph

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Look beyond APM to unified performance monitoring  — TechTarget
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The lack of interoperability among traditional performance monitoring tools means data centers must use -- and pay for -- multiple tools. But movement toward unified performance monitoring could change all that.

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