Monitoring Windows services

There's yet another item category that is Windows-specific: a dedicated key for Windows service state monitoring. Let's try to monitor a service now. First we have to figure out how to refer to this service. For that, open the services list and then open up the details of a service—let's choose DNS Client:

Monitoring Windows services

Look at the top of this tab. Service name is the name we will have to use, and we can see that it differs noticeably from the display name—instead of using DNS Client, the name is Dnscache. Let's create the item now. Navigate to Configuration | Hosts, click on Items next to the Windows host, then click on Create item ...

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