ELM Enterprise Manager - Windows Server Monitoring

Windows Server Monitor

The Windows operating systems publish detailed information on its health and status and the installed applications. Tools including the Event Logs, Perfmon, Services and the Task Manager all play a role in exposing conditions as they change.  These sources can provide a preliminary indication of a degradation in performance or threats to security. Although the data is posted immediately, investigations usually follow only after they caused a disruption to operations.

Centralized Windows Server Monitoring, Alerting & Reporting

Proactive Windows Server Monitoring

Windows Server Monitoring

System Administrators will be notified of Error Events immediately after they are written to the event logs.  Prompt analysis and resolution will advance system management to an active mode.

Security Managers will be alerted of failed logons and suspicious permission changes moments after the threats are detected. In addition, having the security events stored in a database provides a comprehensive source for verification and research.

Compliance Managers will generate custom and schedule regulatory reports that will satisfy any auditor requests.

The ELM Enterprise Manager Core License upgrades Windows server management from “What Happened” to “What’s Happening”

Centralized Server Monitoring

The ELM Core License automates the time consuming task of Windows server monitoring. It takes advantage of many of the same tools administrators use to investigate declining performance or a suspected violation of security policies. Instead of accessing the server and reviewing the diagnostic data sources locally, ELM would have already detected the changing conditions and presented the information in the central ELM Console. The monitoring tools in ELM Core Licenses include:

Event Collector for Windows Server Monitoring Event Collector Real-time event collection from any Windows event log.
Performance Collector for Windows Server Monitoring Performance Monitor Tests performance objects, counters or instances against >,=, or > conditions.
Service Monitor for Windows Server Monitoring Service Monitor Detects changes in Service status to Started, Started, Paused, Stopping and Stopped.
Process Monitor for Windows Server Monitoring Process Monitor Monitors for new processes, failed processes and CPU thresholds.
File Monitor for Windows Server Monitoring File Monitor Scans for specified character strings in files and directories.
Ping Monitor for Windows Server Monitoring PING Monitor Automates a PING process and checks for Success, Failure and Quality of Service threshold.

Alerting Features

Receiving an alert immediately after an Windows event or Monitor generated event has been written is a critical function of real-time management. Not only must it be launched promptly, it must be flexible enough to be useful under a variety of conditions. In ELM Core Licenses, the notifications can be combined or reused under multiple conditions. They can be scheduled for certain times and throttled to a reasonable frequency.


Email Notification for Proactive Windows Server MonitoringEmail:

SMTP mail can be configured to include valuable information about the events that trigger them.  The email message can deliver all or part of the event data and be customized with comments or descriptions.  In addition, the From: field can be configured to indicate ELM, the Event ID, or the Computer Name as the sender for easy identification.

ELM Advisor Desktop Notification for Proactive Windows Server MonitoringDesktop Notification:

The ELM Advisor is a proprietary real-time notification method.  Located in the Windows Taskbar Notification Area, the ELM Advisor icon indicates that an alert condition has been detected and delivers the event information as a popup message.  The data is also presented in an event list.  With the ELM Advisor, event activity from across the network can be monitored from a Systems Administrator’s workstation.

Command Script Notification for Proactive Windows Server MonitoringCommand Scripts:

Taking alerting to the next level, scripts can be launched as a real-time notification option.  They can automate a variety of tasks when specific events are detected.  Command Scripts can be used to write helpdesk tickets, take immediate security actions, or trigger an out-of-band wireless text message.


When a critical event is written to a remote server, the ELM Enterprise Manager Core License has the tools to ensure System Administrators receive the information in real-time

Windows Server Monitor Reporting Features

With the performance and event data reliably collected and stored in a database, mining it can uncover trends and document security issues. In ELM Core Licenses, the ELM Editor generates and schedules performance and event-based reports. These reports can be customized with graphical, summary and detailed sections and delivered by email in a .pdf format.

Event Views - Event Log Management and MonitoringEvent Reports

Events Summary

Events by Source

Events by Type

PCI-DSS Compliance

Event Audit Failure - Event Log Management and MonitoringSecurity Audit Reports:

Computer & Account Management Activity

Logon Activity

Object Access

Privilege Use

Group Policy

Performance Report Icon inlcuding a section of a guage and a Warning sign.Performance Reports:

Bottleneck Reports

Server Performance Reports

Application and OS Inventory

Process Performance Report

Centralizing event logs and performance data with ELM Core Licenses provides a reliable data source for resource management, security and compliance reporting.

Data Storage for Proactive Windows Server Monitoring Data Storage

For reliability and responsiveness, ELM supports three (3) normalized databases. All utilize a user provided Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or later database.

The Primary Database stores the most recent data.

The Failover Database prevents loss of monitoring and alerting when the Primary is unavailable.

Archive Databases store longer term data for support of compliance and security policies.

ELM Databases for Proactive Windows Server Monitoring

Event Views for Proactive Windows Server Monitoring Views and Notification

With centralized event log monitoring, alerting and reporting, a handful Windows events or Monitor generated events can be buried in the millions that stream in each day. The ELM Core License includes three display options, or Views, that filter through the noise and present the event data in an informative format.

When an incoming event satisfies the Filter criteria, it is inserted into that View.  This provides a focused display of related events. In addition, each new event will trigger the notification options assigned to that View.

Event Views

The Event Views list the selected events in real-time. The Time, Type, ID, Computer and the Message are all presented for each event. A Pause option is available to stop the scrolling during event storms.

Security Views

The Security Views expand beyond the Event Views to include important security data buried in the event message. It includes sortable columns for Category, User Name, Domain, Workstation and Logon Type.

Correlation Views

The Correlation Views display event sequences. When a specified “Start” event is found, it is listed in the View and the related “End” conditions are activated. A Match is determined when both the Start and End criteria are satisfied. They are displayed in the Matching View and the timer is stopped. A Time-Out condition applies when the clock expires before an End event is found.

Performance Monitoring & Compliance Solutions

Performance Monitoring

Disk space  |  CPU Utilization  |  Memory

Windows Resource Monitoring

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PCI Compliance Support

ELM Core supports PCI compliance for payment service providers and merchants.  It can provide the data to track and report on all access to their network resources and cardholder data through system activity logs.

PCI Compliance Support

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Special Features of ELM Enterprise Manager

Event Filters for Event Log Management and MonitoringEvent Filters

  • Custom Built Filters
  • Event Specific Filters
  • White & Black List Filtering
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Point to Point Verification for Event Log Management and MonitoringPoint-to-Point Verification

  • Agent Generated Heartbeat Event
  • Event Collection and Display
  • Event Correlation Option
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Non-Windows Support FeatureNon-Windows Support

  • Syslog Receiver and Alerting
  • SNMP Trap Receiver and Alerting
  • Unified Event Log Format
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Maintenance Windows for Event Log Management and MonitoringMaintenance Windows

  • Disable/Enable Notifications
  • Reoccurring Schedules
  • Eliminate False Alarms
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Agent Communication for Event Log Management and MonitoringSecure Agent Communication

  • Firewall Friendly
  • Two Listening Ports
  • 128-bit Encryption
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