Introducing Windows Server monitoring with the WMI ActiveGate extension

While OneAgent continues to offer best-in-class monitoring of Windows environments, operational or security policies within some enterprises may not allow the installation of OneAgent. In addition, some enterprises run older versions of Windows (e.g., Windows Server 2003) which are not supported by OneAgent. Regardless of why OneAgent-based monitoring isn’t a feasible option, Dynatrace is pleased to announce the availability of an alternative solution: the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) ActiveGate extension. Utilizing the openness of the Dynatrace platform (specifically the ActiveGate plugin framework), this extension enables remote monitoring of Windows hosts.

Prerequisites

  • Dynatrace 1.156+
  • ActiveGate 1.155+
  • Windows Server host(s) supporting WMI

WMI technology overview in Dynatrace

What’s included

Every minute, Dynatrace remotely ingests all of the most crucial data from your Windows hosts through the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) interface and this extension. However, without context, all this data is just more noise. Data from the WMI ActiveGate extension is continuously analyzed by the Dynatrace platform and is used to provide answers to one of the most critical monitoring questions: How are my Windows hosts performing?

Windows Server group performance using WMI extension

Using CPU, memory, disk, process and network metrics, properties, and events from your hosts, Dynatrace gains real-time visibility into the health and performance of your environment. The resulting insights are presented to you through automatically generated visualization tools, dashboards, infographics, and reports. We separate the signal from noise.

Windows Server group in Smartscape

The WMI ActiveGate extension is easy to deploy and is developed, maintained, and fully supported by Dynatrace. Simply put, it provides the best-in-class Windows infrastructure monitoring that you’ve come to expect from Dynatrace, for the very occasions where OneAgent deployment is not a feasible solution.

Deploying the WMI ActiveGate extension

Coming soon

Want more good news? WMI-based Windows monitoring with Dynatrace is about to get better. With upcoming updates to the Dynatrace AI engine, data from ActiveGate extensions will be incorporated into our root-cause analysis. This means we will soon be able to deliver insights that go beyond host performance. We will provide answers to the other critical question—which service/customer-impacting problems are attributable to issues with your Windows hosts?

Interested in adding WMI-based Windows monitoring to your Dynatrace experience?

Please reach out to your Dynatrace account team for more information.

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