Monitoring Windows servers

Monitoring Windows servers like Windows 2000, 2003, 2008, 7, XP, NT and Vista

OpStor provides monitoring and management of Windows servers in SAN and NAS networks

Models Supported

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows NT
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows 2008
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7

Features supported

Inventory Details Logical Details Monitors Report Details
  • SCSI details
  • Fibre channel details
  • Disk Utilization
  • CPU Utilization
  • Memory Utilization
  • Disk / IO statistics
  • Ethernet link status
  • Processor
  • Ethernet Card
  • CDROM Drive
  • Host Summary
  • Availability
  • Ethernet interface statistics
  • Interconnect details

Prerequisites for monitoring windows server in OpStor

  • Start the platform SNMP service if not already started.
  • Check the SNMP service Security settings.
  • This can be viewed via
    Start-->Settings-->Control Panel--> Administrative Tools-->Services-->SNMP Service-->(Right-click) Properties--> Security (Tab)
  • OpStor uses public as snmp community to talk to Host Servers
  • Check if the snmp community name public is available in the text-window under Accepted Community Names with READ-ONLY rights.
  • If not then add the community with READ-ONLY rights
  • Check if the server running OpStor is able to access this SNMP Service
  • Now check if the IP address of the server where OpStor is installed is present in the Accept SNMP packets from these host text-window.
  • If not, then configure this IP address.
  • After making any modifications save them by selecting Apply and restart the SNMP service. This is required for the latest changes to take effect.

Note: If SNMP is not available then a telnet account with username guest and password guest needs to be created for discovery

HBA Discovery

  • Ensure that the HBA Agent is installed and running in the server.
  • Download URL & installation instructions for each OS is available at ,
    HBA Agent Download & Installation

SCSI Discovery

  • Microsoft utility devcon.exe needs to be installed in the server where OpStor is running to discover SCSI adapters and attached SCSI devices
  • Go to the server where OpStor is installed.
  • Now download devcon.exe from Microsoft site.
  • Run <devcon_download_dir> devcon.exe
  • This opens up a dialog box asking to 'UnZip'
  • Select 'UnZip' option and choose a directory <devcon_install_dir>
  • This will create two directories
      <devcon_install_dir>/I386
      <devcon_install_dir>/Ia64
  • If Windows machine is 32-bit Processor based, set <devcon_install_dir>/ I386 to PATH environment variable
  • If Windows machine is 64-bit Processor based, set <devcon_install_dir>/ Ia64 to PATH environment variable
  • Restart OpStor (This is required for the latest PATH changes to take effect)
  • devcon.exe detailed documentation is available online for reference

Steps to add Windows server in OpStor

  • Navigate to Admin Tab --> Manage Storage Devices link in OpStor Webclient
  • Specify the IP of the host server[If the host is already discovered before HBA agent is started / devcon is installed , please delete the host server before adding it as explained here]
  • Choose Device type as 'Host'
  • Choose Vendor as 'Any'.
  • Provide SNMP Port and Community string (default is 161 and public)
  • If needed, change the Timeout value (default is 5 seconds)
  • Click on Add Device

Note : If the Ping facility is disabled for the device, then please uncheck 'Ping the given IP' field.
Note : In case of non discovery of the device, please follow the troubleshooting tips displayed in the webclient and try re-adding the device.

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