Win Sentry Overview

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Win Sentry supports monitoring Windows targets even if the target doesn't have an active SQL Server installation. This gives you the ability to independently monitor any Windows target, such as a web server. In this case, Win Sentry delivers a complete historical record of which processes are consuming which resources.

Win Sentry includes the Performance Analysis Dashboard and the Processes tab. If you're familiar with SQL Sentry, you'll recognize the Windows charts on the dashboard. Several enhancements have been made to the dashboard with Windows-only monitoring in mind. The System Memory and CPU Usage charts contain visual representations for several different well-known process groups, including groups for SSRS, SSIS, and IIS. If you have a specialized group of applications, Win Sentry gives you the ability to define your own well-known process groups.

Note:  Win Sentry provides additional details for Hyper-V hosts. The images below highlight some differences such as the (VM) charts on the right side of the dashboard. See the Hyper-V Host Metrics section of the Performance Metrics article for more information.


SentryOne Windows Server Dashboard
Windows Server

SentryOne Hyper-V Dashboard
Hyper-V Host

The Processes tab contains a grid view of all the processes that you're collecting information about, including related metrics. By default, processes are shown in their well-known process groups, giving you a complete picture of how application groups are consuming resources within your environment. Processes are also auto-correlated with related services.


SentryOne Windows Server Processes Tab
Windows Server

SentryOne Hyper-V Processes Tab
Hyper-V Host

Adding a Windows Target

To monitor a server with Win Sentry, add a Windows target using Add > Target in the right-click context menu of the following Navigator pane nodes:

  • All Targets 
  • Site
  • Group 

You can also add a target through the File menu.

SentryOne File Menu Target

From the Add Target dialog box, select Windows Computer from the Target Type drop-down menu, enter the desired target, and then select Connect.

SentryOne Add Target Dialog Box

Win Sentry also provides you with the following additional features:

FeaturesDescriptionsScreenshots
Browser-based AccessYou can get customizable cloud access to your performance data. Server Health Status allows you to view the health of your entire environment. For more information, see the Server Health Status topic. SentryOne Server Health Status
Enhanced Global BaselinesYou can view application performance over multiple servers from a common baseline to identify when systems deviate from normal behavior. For more information, see the Baselining topic. SentryOne Create Baseline
History and Alert FilteringUse the configurable process and history filters to control which events are collected, displayed on the calendar, and available for alerting.SentryOne Process FilterSentryOne History Filter
Job ChainingDefine dependencies and workflows involving Windows tasks with advanced chaining features. For more information, see the Event Chains topic. SentryOne Event Chains
Performance ReportingAllows you to generate pre-formatted reports from a global level down to individual counters that enable an effective root cause analysis. For more information, see the Reporting topic. SentryOne Performance Reporting
Alerting ConditionsAllows you to discover potential problems before users do using built-in alerting conditions. For more information, see the Conditions and Advisory Conditions Pack topics. SentryOne Alerting Conditions


Important:  Monitor the individual Windows machines that are part of a Windows Cluster. Win Sentry isn't cluster aware.