One of the things I have always dreaded about server monitoring was all the labor of setting up the monitors. It was always a very laborious task and many times, it called for several tweaks before I got what I actually wanted from the package. Now granted I worked with a particularly tight financial budget for IT, which is why many times I lean towards good tools that are not outrageously priced. My thoughts being that my situation was not the exception but rather the rule. I’ve said before gone are the days of the dot-com shiatsu massages, free snacks and sodas, weekly company paid lunches and a full bar and workout facility (I’m not kidding about that last one). Server monitoring is certainly an important enough function to any company that the need exists for good tools that are intuitive and easy to use. PA Server Monitor is such a tool. PA Server Monitor comes in three editions: free, lite and pro. We will speak about the Pro edition as it gives the best number of features for an administrator. To begin with, PA Server Monitor has a smart configuration feature, which automatically sets up monitoring of all servers. Bulk configuration allows you to make changes to the monitor features of your entire enterprise at once. You can monitor many features of your environment including:
- Disk space
- Web pages
- Event logs
- File & Directory
- TCP Ports
As well as monitoring you can set actions, produce reports, e-mail alerts, schedule monitoring, view HTML output along with viewing a geographical status map and a server map which includes a status overview or your entire server infrastructure. This view uses the common green, yellow, red indicators to let you quickly know something is amiss. PA Server Monitor Pro, also provides the ability to report when an issue is resolved and set escalation actions for unresolved issues. Download a free 30-day trial. PA Server Monitor is a smart tool for keeping on top of your network.
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