Monitoring Linux Servers From Windows?

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Hi All,

Just wondering how you guys monitor Linux servers remotely from windows
machines? At the moment I use PuTTY and have a TOP running constantly for
each server... but I figured there must be a better way? Not looking for a
pinging tool like serversalive, rather something that logs in via SSH and
can display in realtime things like CPU Useage, Idle Time etc. (basically
the information in TOP)?


Re: Monitoring Linux Servers From Windows?

I use a custom script on the server side, that can be started from

My command is "ssh custom-command". The output
is like this:

 11:47:59 up 90 days, 16:26, 15 users,  load average: 0.11, 0.11, 0.10
          RX bytes:2893833440 (2.6 GiB)  TX bytes:870533113 (830.2 MiB)
   Server uptime: 2 hours 29 minutes 48 seconds
   Total accesses: 29198 - Total Traffic: 349.9 MB
   CPU Usage: u107.9 s15.04 cu57.46 cs0 - 2.01% CPU load
   3.25 requests/sec - 39.9 kB/second - 12.3 kB/request
   5 requests currently being processed, 9 idle workers
77512 Hits today
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:       2072832    1857388     215444          0     274028     974128
-/+ buffers/cache:     609232    1463600
Swap:      2031608      51448    1980160
Tutors: 273
Solutions: 1368
Unsolved: 1578
Prod Lessons: 15
Dev Lessons: 18

I basically wrote a script to produce outputs that I am interested in.


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Re: Monitoring Linux Servers From Windows?

John wrote:

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I have monitoring on and off the servers. On the servers I have MRTG
running which monitors bandwidth usage, memory usage and CPU usage and
graphs them showing the last 24 hours, week, month and year on separate

Off site, on my local Linux workstation (I have a Windows desktop as
well but I mainly only use that for Photoshop) I run sysmon to ping 'em
each minute to check they're running. If it can't ping them four times
in a row I get sent an SMS message so I know something's up.

I'm going to change that to another tool I saw a while back which can
graph the pings/uptime over time as well but can't recall its name of
the top of my head.

Chris Hope | |

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John wrote:

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Have you tried GKrellM?

It's more a "monitor remote Linux servers or your own desktop from a Linux
machine" tool, but there is a Windows port, so you might be able to use it.

It's a bloody ugly thing, but it's themeable and some of the themes aren't
too bad.

That said, the information it displays is *very* good. By default it shows
things like the time, processor usage (with good support for multi-CPU),
memory usage, network usage, disk space, disk activity, swap space and so
on and there are a bunch of plugins to add other useful features. /

Toby A Inkster BSc (Hons) ARCS
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