PA Server Monitor Installation Tips

PA Server Monitor is able to monitor one or more computers for system events. Since it does not use remote software agents, there are generally two typical ways to install it:

Multiple Server Monitoring Configuration

The most popular installation method is to put PA Server Monitor on a single server and have it watch other servers (optionally including the server it is running on) and devices. Some clients even install PA Server Monitor on their desktop systems.

Multiple Server Configuration

This method allows for a single installation, combined reporting, and no software installed on monitored servers. The only downside is the monitoring service needs to have access to the monitored resources on the remote servers. You can control which user credentials are used to access remote resources by setting the service Log On as user, as well as server-specific credentials which can be specified in the PA Server Monitor Console. Read more about remote monitoring hints here.

Distributed Environments

Satellite Services

When monitoring remote sites, or servers across strict firewalls, it is usually easiest to install a Satellite Monitoring Service at the remote site. One Satellite will monitor all of the servers/devices on the remote LAN, and report back to the Central Monitoring Service. Using this method gives you central control, configuration and reporting.

Satellite Monitoring Services

Single Server Monitoring Configuration

If the above method is not possible, perhaps because the servers are not connected via the network or there is no way to created a recognized account on the remote computer, it is also acceptable to install PA Server Monitor on each individual server.
Single Server Configuration

For some applications this would be burdensome, but PA Server Monitor has taken steps to ease this job. First, PA Server Monitor installs very quickly. Second, once you have a server's monitors and alerts configured the way you want them, you can export that configuration to a file (via the Easy Configuration dialog) and then import that same configuration into each of the other servers.

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We are also demo'ing a [PA File Sight competitor product]. Have had them 2 weeks now. In the 2 hours with your stuff, setup and config has been MUCH simpler. And the ability to edit what we want reported on is far easier.
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