Using Event Logs to Monitor Windows Systems & Prevent Problems

The golden rule of IT is that the user should be the last to notice when a critical service or system has crashed. The key is to be proactive rather than reactive, but it’s hard to define what “proactive” means. For instance, do you need to perform physical inspections of network hardware and servers for red flags of imminent failure, or do you need to pore over never-ending event logs or event entries to forecast what might go wrong today, next week, or next year?

Clearly, in the fast-paced world of tech management, these are untenable propositions. Instead, you can rely on specialized system-monitoring tools to keep an eye on your servers and network. The difference between monitoring your Windows systems two years ago and monitoring today: the cloud is here to make everyone’s life easier and ease the burden on your infrastructure.

Keeping Track of Event Logs

Monitoring solutions have two basic functions; keeping track of event logs and monitoring performance. But this is, for the most part, where the similarities end. Most monitoring solutions on the market will only allow the user to set up notifications for certain events but not give the user access to the complete archive. From a performance perspective, beyond the basic dashboard, few monitoring solutions offer the user the flexibility to choose which Perfmons they want to monitor.

This is the beauty of SentinelAgent; you get a complete archive of event logs for the duration of your data retention license and fully customizable performance monitors to get the best visibility on your network and get real-time notifications of any issue! Trends, alerts, archives – the holy trinity of quality data for a network administrator. The cherry on top is that all this data is securely stored in the cloud; no need for on-site storage and no need for parallel infrastructure.

Real-Time Notifications & Visibility

An event is an action that occurs when a program or system’s state changes, a notification rule is a script resource that enables you to spot and respond to that specific event. The rule “listens” for a specified event and initiates a notification function when that event occurs. This way you can spot problems that are creeping up on you before they even become problems.

The advantage of SentinelAgent’s architecture is that, because it resides in the cloud, it can notify users of any event or performance issue in real-time without ever taxing the network on which it’s installed.

SentinelAgent is the true power of visibility. Quick to install, easy to set-up, easy to use, and built to be as stealthy as possible. No more gorillas on your network’s back. SentinelAgent is here.