We are looking at using WMI to monitor windows servers due to the lack of SNMP v3 support from Microsoft. We use SNMP to monitor applications and services, and would need to use WMI to do the same. Just wondering if anyone here is currently doing that and if it works okay, and if it's better/worse than using SNMP?
Thanks for the replies mesverrum, sturdyerde, sreenathmp! I was told that applications and services couldn't be monitored when using WMI, and wondered if that was actually the case.
That is incorrect. Applications and services can be monitored with WMI. 😀
You'll have a much better experience monitoring Windows Servers with WMI instead of SNMP[v2]. WMI is native to Windows, built as an extension to the industry-standard CIM. It can be used to query virtually anything about a Windows system.
Please note that the term "WMI" (Windows Management Instrumentation" can sometimes be used to refer to:
When Orion sends a WMI over the network to a node, it can either one of these sets of protocols:
From when I was consulting I'd say the majority of people who use SAM use WMI, it allows a lot of additional data to be collected. They both work fine. WinRM polling was recently added in the latest release and they say that's supposed to be much more efficient and easier for firewall rules.
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