Types of metrics

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Types of metrics

This topic describes the different agent-based and agentless metric types. Agent-based metrics require that the Monitor Plug-in is installed on the target computer. Agentless metric do not require the Monitor Plug-in to be installed on the target computer.

The following are the different metric types:

Agent-based metric types

Agent-based metric types require that the Monitor Plug-in is installed on targeted computers.

See Table: Agent-based metric types.

Agentless metric types

Agentless metric types do not require the Monitor Plug-in to be installed on targeted computers.

See Table: Agentless metric types.

Agent-based or agentless metric types

Agent-based and agentless metric types can be used with or without the Monitor Plug-in being installed on targeted computers.

See Table: Agent-based and agentless metric types.

Table: Agent-based metric types

Metric type

Description

COM

Uses a custom COM DLL or other components to perform a custom data query.

Command

Parses the results of a command-line utility or an input file for a particular value, and returns the associated values.

Compound

Takes the data that one or more existing metrics collect and manipulates the values.

Custom DLL

Provides a way to perform a custom data query.

Log event

Monitors the log files.

Performance Counter

Collects data from Windows performance counters. Performance counters collect data such as CPU utilization, memory usage, disk swapping time, and processor cache usage.

SQL

Retrieves data from Microsoft SQL Server databases on Microsoft Windows computers. The SQL Server database must be on the computer with the Monitor Plug-in.

Windows Process

Monitors currently running Windows processes.

Windows Service

Monitors currently running Windows services.

Table: Agentless metric types

Metric Type

Description

Group

Aggregates or groups data from several metrics into a single metric.

HTTP

Remotely monitors a Web (HTTP) server's health.

Ping

Monitors the response time of remote IP devices.

Smart

Automatically chooses the correct protocol and the correct authentication method to capture the metric data.

WS-MAN

Monitors Web Services for Management (WS-MAN) properties.

Table: Agent-based and agentless metric types

Metric type

Description

Port

Monitors the computer's communication ports and makes sure that they are available for use. Ports are where connections can be initiated, maintained, and terminated. Data transfer occurs through ports, and services on computers respond to connections that come through them.

SNMP

Polls attribute values from SNMP-enabled agents.

WMI

Monitors various Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) numeric properties.


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