As networks evolve and become more complex, companies need to monitor their network infrastructures more than ever because even minor system outages can result in significant losses. Network monitoring tools offer both real-time data and graphical overviews of the network's status. This enables you to accurately picture what is happening so you know where changes are required. For homogeneous networks such as Microsoft networks, it is particularly critical to monitor the networks, systems, and services to ensure all components are performing optimally.

Challenges in Microsoft network monitoring tool

The increasing complexity of network environments presents significant challenges for efficient network monitoring. This should not be surprising as different network devices, systems, and services might be included in such environments. In a homogeneous network, network admins face numerous challenges in their everyday monitoring operations, including maintaining visibility into the network, performance detection, and root cause analysis.

  • Maintaining visibility into the network: Enterprises run many applications, such as Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Exchange Server, daily. Any failure in these applications might have severe effects on daily business activities. The network IT teams must have comprehensive insight into each connected device so they can resolve the issue before the failure affects other devices.
  • Performance monitoring and root cause analysis: Dashboards show performance insights, such as network availability, top running applications and their usage, and CPU usage, to help network administrators discover network issues quickly. Networking teams need real-time alerts to detect the root cause of issues, solve problems, and recommend upgrades.
  • Proactive monitoring: Checking your Microsoft network's availability and resources is the quickest way to verify its performance. Proactive monitoring of availability and uptime guarantees that you have a backup plan in place if the server or connection cannot be made operational in a given time.

OpManager: Microsoft network monitoring software

With the help of ManageEngine OpManager, network administrators can understand network behavior, including application and network use, network abnormalities, and security vulnerabilities. It helps in providing an overview of the availability of the network devices and Windows servers in your Microsoft infrastructure and monitoring each Windows service and process. It regularly checks your Microsoft server environment using WMI protocol to guarantee optimal performance.

Monitor devices performance with OpManager's Microsoft network monitor

Microsoft network monitoring - ManageEngine OpManager

With over 1,000 KPIs spanning over 200 physical and virtual device types, including routers, switches, servers, and Hyper-V VMs, OpManager enables end-to-end monitoring of Microsoft network environments with the help of its adaptive, AI-based thresholds. Its informative reports enable you to proactively identify and evaluate performance bottlenecks as well as increase the efficiency of your network equipment.

Monitor Exchange server, SQL server with Microsoft network monitor

For Microsoft applications like Exchange Server and SQL Server, Windows servers provide a backbone. It is therefore vital to ensure that the servers, the server hosting program, and the connection between the servers are all error-free. OpManager uses WMI protocol to monitor your Windows servers and offer deeper visibility into crucial server metrics. To proactively handle issues in your Windows server environment, OpManager's Microsoft network monitor monitors KPIs such as memory, CPU, and disk usage.

Scrutinize Hyper-V VMs with Microsoft network monitor

Microsoft VM monitoring- ManageEngine OpManager

OpManager's VM monitoring features monitor Hyper-V and associated guest VMs. The dedicated Hyper-V management tools provide the necessary full visibility for managing your Hyper-V virtual infrastructure. It enables you to quickly assess the current state of all your hosts and VMs. With OpManager's Microsoft network monitor, you can monitor Hyper-V peformance metrics such as disk utilization, disk write and read speed, partition details of the device, avaerage disk latency, and network usage. 

Keep a track of Windows services with Microsoft network monitoring

Windows services monitoring ManageEngine OpManager

OpManager's Windows service monitoring tool enables you to monitor Windows services locally or across numerous servers in your network. It monitors Windows services through WMI and does not require the installation of an agent on any remote computer. With OpManager's Microsoft network monitor, you can monitor wide range of Windows services including Print Spooler, DHCP server, FTP, MySQL, RPC, NetLogon, Alerter, Telnet and much more.

Analyze Windows process performance with Microsoft network monitor

Microsoft process monitoring- ManageEngine OpManager

OpManager's Microsoft network monitor scrutinizes and analyzes the performance of a wide range of Windows processes, including Client Server Runtime Process, Registry, Security Authority Host, and Service Host. Using OpManager's multi-level threshold-based alerting, you can get alerts on possible problems and monitor process health, availability, and performance.

Keep a log of Windows events with Microsoft network monitor

Windows event log monitoring- ManageEngine OpManager

As an integrated network, server, and application management solution, OpManager allows you to monitor Windows event logs. This includes crucial security logs, application logs, and system logs across all Windows servers and workstations in your network.

Leverage intelligent fault management and alerting with OpManager's Microsoft network monitor

As a Microsoft network monitor, OpManager notifies you instantly if any of your Windows devices go down. You can configure notification profiles to send you alarms by email, text message, or Slack. This accelerates the troubleshooting process and reduces downtime.

Create simple and advanced reports with Microsoft network monitor

OpManager's Microsoft network monitor provides an easy-to-use interface with over 100 built-in reporting profiles, all of which are logically organized as server reports, device reports, service reports, and more. You can also create a new report with the Advanced report option simply by defining the necessary criteria.

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Customer reviews

OpManager - 10 Steps Ahead Of The Competition, One Step Away From Being Unequalled.
- Network Services Manager, Government Organization
Review Role: Infrastructure and OperationsCompany Size: Gov't/PS/ED 5,000 - 50,000 Employees
"I have a long-standing relationship with ManageEngine. OpManager has always missed one or two features that would make it truly the best tool on the market, but over it is the most comprehensive and easy to use the product on the market."
Easy Implementation, Excellent Support & Lower Cost Tool
- Team Lead, IT Service Industry
Review Role: Infrastructure and OperationsCompany Size: 500M - 1B USD
"We have been using OpManager since 2011 and our overall experience has been excellent. The tool plays a vital role in providing the value to our organisation and to the customers we are supporting. The support is excellent and staff takes full responsibilities in resolving the issues. Innovation is never stopping and clearly visible with newer versions"
Easy Implementation With A Feature Rich Catalogue, Support Has Some Room For Improvement
- NOC Manager in IT Service Industry
Review Role: Program and Portfolio ManagementCompany Size: 500M - 1B USD
"The vendor has been supporting during the implementation & POC phases providing trial licenses. Feature requests and feedback is usually acted upon swiftly. There was sufficient vendor support during the implementation phase. After deployment, the support is more than adequate, where the vendor could make some improvements."
Great Monitoring Tool
- CIO in Finance Industry
Review Role: CIOCompany Size: 1B - 3B USD
"Manage Engine provides a suite of tools that have made improvements to the availability of our internal applications. From monitoring, management and alerting, we have been able to peak performance within our data center."
Simple Implementation, Easy To Use. Very Intuitive.
- Principal Engineer in IT Services
Review Role: Enterprise Architecture and Technology InnovationCompany Size: 250M - 500M USD
"Manage Engine support was helpful and responsive to all our queries"

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