In this section, we will see how to set up monitoring for NT Services. The NT services automatically get started when the system boots up, while a few of them require manual intervention to get them started. As important the services are to allow the system to perform its regular actions, it is important to monitor their status on a periodic basis. For instance, let us consider the IIS Admin Service. The IIS Admin service hosts the IIS configuration and it is responsible to monitor the SMTP and FTP connections to your server. This needs be running when the server boots up. Accidentally, if this service does not start up, you will be unable to configure SMTP or FTP and in turn any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Therefore, you should set up monitoring for this NT Service to send you an alert when the status is "Stopped".
BizTalk360 allows you to monitor the NT Services based on a particular state. You can set up the alerts for different expected states such as Running, Stopped and to be alerted when there is a violation on these states.
Setting up monitoring for NT Services
- Log in to the BizTalk360 application
- Click 'Monitoring and Notification' in the Menu panel on the left side of the screen
- Select 'SQL Servers' from the drop down in the top right corner of the screen
- Select the SQL Server for which you want to set up the monitoring on one of the components
- In the top right corner of the page, select the Alarm name (see Creating an alarm) for which you would like to associate the alerts
- In the list of system resources at the top, select NT Services
- Choose the NT Services that you wish to monitor and receive the alerts
- Select the check box against the NT Services to activate the alerts
- Set the value of Expected State by selecting from the value from drop down. For instance, if the current state of the NT Services is Running and you want to be alerted when it is stopped, you need to set the value in the drop down to Stopped.