Windows Performance Counter Monitoring

End-to-End Monitoring, Alerting, and Reporting

Get a clear picture of the end-to-end performance of your web infrastructure. Dotcom-Monitor’s external Windows performance counter monitoring aggregates system metrics from servers across multiple locations. Quickly compare internal metrics with real-world website performance in one convenient dashboard.

Dotcom-Monitor's externally shareable dashboards empower real-time assessment of your entire infrastructure. Compare Windows performance counters with a variety of synthetic monitoring results for a complete end-to-end picture of hardware performance and end user experience.

Live dashboards display Windows performance counter metrics along side synthetic website response time.

Key Capabilities

Manage and Compare Server Performance Metrics

End-to-End Monitoring

Unify the management of your servers and web infrastructure. Combine internal Windows performance counter metrics with Dotcom-Monitor’s externally-based synthetic website, application and E-commerce monitoring, and receive a complete view of end-to-end performance from both the technical and real-world perspective.

Monitor Performance Counters Across Multiple Networks

View Windows performance counters throughout your entire organization in one convenient interface. Simply sign-in to Dotcom-Monitor and instantly:

  • View real-time metrics across your network
  • Schedule automated email reports
  • Receive performance metrics for all of the devices you monitor

Real-time Threshold Alerts

Receive instant alerts when maximum or minimum Windows performance counter threshold values are breached. Alerts can be customized to send emails, SMS text messages, and phone calls to different support teams based upon schedules and filters.

For example, by defining an alert escalation chain you can receive an alert only when your CPU has maintained an average usage higher than 80% for more than 10 minutes.

Correlate Server Metrics with Web Performance

It’s never been easier to see true end-to-end monitoring results in a single view. Create unique externally shareable dashboards that overlay all your server metrics and synthetic browser monitoring results in a simple dashboard layout.

Dashboards instantly correlate server performance with website and application response times in real-time. Be the first to know when insufficient resource allocation or server performance spikes begin to affect end user experience. Configure, save, and share highly customizable dashboards with internal and external stakeholders via private GUID-secured URLs.

Network-wide Windows Performance Counter Reporting

Dotcom-Monitor aggregates Windows performance counter data from across your entire network into a single platform, making reporting simpler than ever. Schedule daily, weekly, and monthly reports and see executive summaries of your overall system performance. Reports are available in PDF, CSV, or HTML formats.

Plan for Future Capacity

Plan for system expansions based upon historical reports showing disk space, memory usage, bandwidth saturation, and any other Windows performance counter metrics. See which components are approaching maximum capacity and determine how resource allocation affects end user experience.

Create Your Own Reports with the XML Feed

Import any of your Windows performance counter data into 3rd party applications or websites using our flexible XML report services (XRS) framework. Pull only the data you need and place it in any XML-capable reporting systems and templates.

Monitor Custom Metrics

Are you monitoring performance metrics that can’t be tracked using Windows performance counters? Dotcom-Monitor’s Custom API lets you monitor any metric the same way standard performance counters are monitored. Please contact us for more information.

Real-Time Dashboards
real-time view of performance

Dotcom-Monitor dashboard panels are externally sharable dashboards that provide real-time access to your infrastructure performance. Panels can be customized with a selection of response, status, and event-driven widgets. Display hundreds of performance counters and website monitoring targets in a single pane, giving you an end-to-end view of your hardware performance and end user experience.

White Labeled Panels – Perfect for SLAs

Shared panels can be “white labeled” allowing you to display any company logo (or no branding at all) on each panel you create. Whether you’re an ISP providing 3rd party validation of your uptime or an agency providing clients with meaningful performance information, panels are a powerful tool for sharing data while maintaining and promoting your company brand.

Visualize End-to-End System Performance

Create “war room-style” panels and give your support team a complete view of your web infrastructure. Display Windows performance counter data from across your entire network with synthetic monitoring results from websites, web applications, and E-commerce transactions and see how resource utilization affects end user experience in real time.

View Multiple Servers at Once

See Windows performance counter metrics like CPU, memory, disk utilization, and bandwidth from anywhere on your network. Dashboard panels display hundreds of performance counters in a real-time. Historical charts provide recent history to help you see load over time and diagnose when a performance issue began.

Find Correlations Between Performance Metrics

One of the most powerful features of dashboard panels is correlation. Each panel displays a combination of response data, status, and event history data for hundreds of monitoring targets. Correlate CPU temperature and disk I/O with the speed of a shopping cart on your company website, or see how the bandwidth usage on a server farm creates CPU spikes on nodes in the cluster.

Share Dashboards with Key Team Members and Stakeholders

Dashboard panels allow you to share a “heads-up” view of your monitored data with anyone. Each panel is assigned a unique GUID-secured URL that can be viewed from anywhere on the Internet. End users can view and interact with panel widgets, but cannot edit or permanently change the layout of the panels – ensuring a common view for everyone and retaining admin control. If you decide to revoke viewing access, GUIDs can be reset at any time.

Alerting Options
  • Alert Groups

    Send alerts to multiple team members and management systems whenever relevant thresholds are breached. If CPU temperatures exceed a threshold, send an alert to the ops team. Each member of the ops team can receive simultaneous alerts via SMS, e-mail, phone, and pager whenever a Windows performance counter or other monitoring thresholds are breached.

    It’s easy to seamlessly integrate Dotcom-Monitor alerts with your existing network management systems. Execute a custom script or configure a group to send Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) messages and your management console receives alerts with the rest of the team.

  • Alert Schedules

    Work schedules, special event or holiday schedules, and maintenance schedules are easy to configure and apply to an alert group. Schedules automatically adjust alerts and send Windows performance counter alerts to appropriate team members based on schedules you define.

  • Send Alerts to Email, SMS, Pagers and Consoles

    There is no limit to the number of recipients or notification devices that can be included in an alert group. Send alerts to as many team members as needed, and each member can receive alerts via their preferred devices: email, SMS, phone, wireless, pagers, SNMP, and via custom scripts.

  • Custom Message Templates

    Customized alert templates reduce mean time to repair (MTTR) by enabling simultaneous communication of the error, diagnostics, and additional company-specific actionable information.

    A custom alert template can include contextual information like physical location, admin name, contact information, vendor information, and more. Each alert message can be customized to the performance counter monitored and by the recipient of the alert. It’s possible to send a unique message to every member of the team and include information specific to their role in diagnosing or repairing the issue.

  • Response Filters

    Eliminate unnecessary alerts (false positives). Response filters let you separate out error responses by time, error code, and even by location to ensure only important alerts are sent.

  • Escalation Chains

    Automatically alert additional teams or notify management if monitored devices continue to perform outside expected thresholds. Escalation chains can send alerts to different groups or individuals based on how long a threshold error state continues. For example, an escalation chain might send an immediate alert to a server admin, to the ops team after 15 minutes, and to an ops manager after 30 minutes.