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"Agentless" Windows monitoring via Appmanager


Does Appmanager have some sort of "agentless" monitoring capability? I
would define that as monitoring that either:

1. Uses a remote login mechanism such as 'ssh' to gather metrics or
state information from the monitored node or
2. Exploits internal management capabilities such as Windows WMI to
remotely query the node.

I am especially interested in agentless monitoring of Windows servers.

Thanks,
Bill


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Re: "Agentless" Windows monitoring via Appmanager

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Re: "Agentless" Windows monitoring via Appmanager


Out of the bos, Windows and UNIX monitoring requires an agent. We do
have the concept of monitoring devices that have no agent - via a
"proxy" (a system where the agent is installed and runs jobs, but those
jobs are monitoring a remote device). The VoIP and Network Device
modules work in this way. Ass does the VMware module.

But it is also possible to remotely monitor Windows agents via WMI if
you were to write the KSs to work in that way. And we have at least one
customer using Powershell remote to do the same thing - a KS invokes
Powershell on an agent which in turn uses Powershell remote capabilities
to monitor one or more Windows servers, so using the server with the
agent installed as a proxy for the servers with no agent. Not every
environment can support this way of working without some level of
configuration involved. But it is possible to do.


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Re: "Agentless" Windows monitoring via Appmanager


http://tinyurl.com/q5kn6fb

Agentless Monitoring
This module expands NetIQ AppManager to provide real-time monitoring of
key metrics in situations where installing an agent is not ideal.
AppManager Agentless Monitoring allows you to quickly and easily deploy
basic monitoring capabilities for physical or virtual machines in
environments where agents are not allowed, not easily deployed or must
be highly-customized before actual deployment. AppManager Agentless
Monitoring is ideal for highly dynamic environments in very large
enterprises or service provider environments where physical and virtual
machines may be constantly changing and basic monitoring of key metrics
are needed for short periods of time as machines are available.
Additionally, smaller enterprises that are developing a monitoring
strategy can use Agentless Monitoring to give them basic metrics about
their physical and virtual machines.


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Re: "Agentless" Windows monitoring via Appmanager


No reason why not, if you put the legwork in...

PowerShell offers plenty of ways to skin a cat, such as this one liner:


Code:
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$server='yourserver'; $cpu=Get-WmiObject -ComputerName $server Win32_Processor ; $cpu.LoadPercentage
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Wrap that into a Powershell_RunCommand job and see how you get on.

As long as the account running the script has rights, if not you'll need
to pass the right user credentials in the string, easy stuff with
PowerShell.

Look at:

Code:
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Get-WmiObject -ComputerName 'yourserver' -Class "Win32_computersystem" | Format-List -Property *
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Use you favourite search engine to find other metrics of interest.
Oh you'll need to run these in a PowerShell window (blue rectangular
thing, PS prompt)
I'll assume you've all got PowerShell. 😉


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