WMI (Windows Server 2003) monitoring

Learn how to monitor Windows Server hosts using the WMI ActiveGate extension.


  • A Windows Environment ActiveGate (version 1.155+) that has the ActiveGate plugin module installed and isn't used for synthetic or mainframe monitoring.

    • ActiveGate version 1.175+ is ready to accept and run extensions. If you are running an earlier version of ActiveGate, see Install ActiveGate plugin module for instructions on installing the plugin module.
    • For Environment ActiveGate installation instructions, see Dynatrace ActiveGate.
    • 1 environment ActiveGate can typically support 30-50 Windows Server hosts.
  • Windows Server host that supports WMI.

  • A user account belonging to both the Performance Monitor and Distributed COM user groups that has the following WMI rights:

    • Enable Account
    • Remote Enable
    • Read Security

    To verify the user account rights, run wmimgmt.msc, right-click WMI Control, select Properties, click Security, select Root, and click Security.

Extension installation

  1. In the Software Intelligence Hub, find and select Windows Server.

  2. Select Download to get the extension ZIP file. Don't rename the file.

  3. Unzip the ZIP file to the plugin_deployment directory of your ActiveGate host. If the resulting directory structure isn't


    where <EXTENSION-SPECIFIC-DIRECTORY> is the name of the directory containing the files for this extension, make the necessary changes.

  4. Restart the Dynatrace Remote Plugin Module service by running these two commands in a Command Prompt launched as Admin:

    sc stop "Dynatrace Remote Plugin Module"  
    sc start "Dynatrace Remote Plugin Module"
  5. Return to the Dynatrace web UI. Click Settings, the Add new technology monitoring button, and finally the Add ActiveGate extension button.

  6. Select Upload extension and upload the ZIP file.

  7. Enter the endpoint information requested for connecting to your Windows host:

    Setting Details

    Endpoint name

    Enter a meaningful endpoint name.


    A user account that belongs to the Performance Monitor user group.


    The password for the user account.


    Hostname/IP and port of the server. Examples:[:1414],[:1414]

    Comma-separated list of the processes to be monitored

    For example: firefox,notepad++

    Comma-separated list of Event Viewer log files that are to be monitored for errors

    For example: Security,System

    Enable debug logging

    Select this only if Dynatrace ONE requests it so they can investigate an issue.

    Name of the group

    Used for visualization.

    Choose ActiveGate

    The ActiveGate where the extension resides.

Troubleshoot ActiveGate extensions

See Troubleshoot ActiveGate extensions.


The IP address of all network interfaces and the ports used by the services is automatically captured, as are the following metrics:


  • Hostname
  • Domain/IP address(es)
  • Uptime
  • Number of logical processors
  • Number of enabled cores
  • Processor name
  • Current/Max clock speed
  • Windows version/build
  • Machine Architecture
  • Manufacturer/Model


  • Availability
  • CPU load
  • Memory utilization
  • Error entries in event log

Network (per interface)

  • Bytes sent/received
  • Sent packets discarded/errors
  • Received packets discarded/errors
  • Output queue length

Disk (per logical disk)

  • Percent free space
  • Free MB
  • Disk read/write latency
  • Disk read/write queue length
  • Disk read/write bytes per second

Processes (max 100 /host)

  • Availability
  • CPU utilization
  • Memory footprint
  • Thread count
  • Page faults
  • IO read/write