ELM Enterprise Manager - Windows Server Monitoring

Windows Server Monitor

The Windows operating systems publishes volumes of information on its health and status. The event logs, performance metrics and process/service states are all available in real time. Unfortunately, these sources are distributed into a variety of locations.  There primary application is in forensic investigations.

ELM Enterprise Manager-Core Licenses provides Windows server status and performance monitoring.  It promotes proactive management by consolidating these data sources into a database, displaying them for easy analysis, and launching alerts in real-time.


Proactive Windows Server Monitoring

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

Centralized Windows Server Monitor

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. Instead of having to review the conditions locally, the ELM Server Monitors will detect changing conditions and display the information in the central ELM Console.

The Windows server monitors 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 Collector Scheduled collections of any published performance counter/object/instances.
Windows Performance Monitor Performance Monitor Tests performance objects, counters or instances against >,=, or > conditions.
Service Monitor for Windows Server Monitoring Service Monitor Detects changes in a service status.
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 monitors for nine different status changes.

Windows Server Monitor Alerting Features

Receiving an alert immediately after an Windows event or Server Monitor 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 the ELM Core Licenses, the notifications can be combined or reused under multiple triggers. They can be activated during specific times and on specific days. In addition, barrage protection strategies are available to defend against rapid fire alerts and routine notification of non-threatening conditions.  The most commonly used Notification Methods include:

 

Email Notification for a Windows Server MonitorEmail:

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.

Windows Event Log Monitoring Dashboard Notification Red Diamond Icon.Dashboard Notification:

The Dashboard Notification posts visual alerts to the ELM Dashboard. A Green Circle (1-3), Orange Triangle (3-6) or Red Diamond (7-9) can be displayed depending on the priority assigned to the triggering event.

There are two Status conditions in the ELM Dashboard.  The Current Status displays the last alert received at the Dashboard and the Peak Status is the highest priority alert received since it was last manually cleared.

ELM Advisor Desktop Notification for 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 has been received and delivers the event information as a pop-up 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 Windows Server MonitoringCommand Scripts:

Taking alerting to the next level, Command 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, reports can be generated that 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 delivered by email in a PDF or CSV formats or saved to a specified file location.

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 performance, security and compliance reporting.

 Event Log Management and Monitoring - Data Storage Data Storage

For reliability and responsiveness, ELM supports three (3) non-proprietary databases.

  • The Primary Database stores the most recent event, performance, SNMP and Syslog data.
  • The Failover Database prevents loss of monitoring and alerting while the Primary is unavailable.
  • The Archive Databases store longer term data for support of compliance and security policies.

In new deployments, both a Primary and Failover database are pre-configured using the run-time databases included in the ELM Enterprise Manager download.  These will support most small or alerting-only applications and can be used in testing and evaluations.

For higher volumes environments, a user supplied Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or later is recommended.

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ELM Enterprise Manager uses three Microsoft SQL Server Databases to support automated event log management and Windows Server Monitoring.

It’s your data, store it in your databases with ELM Enterprise Manager.

Windows Server Monitor Performance Bottleneck Trend Icon Dashboard-Status and Performance


The ELM Enterprise Manager-Core License includes the Windows Server Monitors to display a  server’s status and performance. These Monitors include the Event Collectors and a special set of default Performance Collectors.  Together they provide the data to support the alerting and trending displays in ELM Dashboard.

To indicate a server status, the dashboard displays two conditions.  The Current Status is an alert posted by the Dashboard Notification.Method.  When an incoming event satisfies a set of Event Filters, it is posted in a View and triggers the notification.  Depending on configuration, it can post one of three brightly colored icons that are equally divided into a 1-9 priority scale. The highest priority Current Status is elevated to Peak Status that persists until it is updated or is manually cleared.

For Windows server health monitoring, sparklines display the most critical Bottleneck values for the Processor, Memory, Disk, Free Disk and Network performance metrics. These Bottleneck values are calculated from a selected set of weighted and normalized objects/counters/instances.  When these values exceed a threshold, they turn red indicating the time and severity of the performance threat.  This innovative display also provides a performance comparison across all monitored Windows servers.

The ELM Dashboard provides server status and performance at the Speed of Sight.

ELM Dashboard with event log status display and Windows server monitoring performance graphs.

ELM Dashboard with Expanded Vertical Display.

Event Views for Proactive Windows Server Monitoring Views and Notification


With centralized event log monitoring, a handful of important Windows events can be buried in the millions that stream in each day. The challenge is to strip through the noise and chatter and display only the valuable events.

ELM Core License satisfies this critical objective with three display options, or Views. Using a combination of configurable Include Filters and Exclude Filters, a concise selection criteria can be built.

When an incoming event satisfies the Filters, 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.

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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Windows Server Monitor performance trendingServer Performance Monitoring

  • Dashboard Bottleneck Sparklines
  • Performance Threshold Monitor
  • Scheduled Performance Reports
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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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