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Windows Monitoring

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RightScale supports basic monitoring of Windows servers.  By default, the following metrics are monitored:

  • cpu (overview, idle, interrupt, system, user)
  • memory (free memory)
  • disk (used space, free space)


 Additional metrics are provided by the Chef recipes in the 'sys_monitoring' cookbook. (Ex: add_iis_stats, add_process_stats, etc)

  • iis (overview, idle, interrupt, system, user)
  • process (process count, thread count)
  • file (file age, file size)
  • sql server

View a Windows Server with Monitoring

The easiest way to see a Windows server with monitoring enabled is to launch a server using one of our All-In-One ServerTemplates.

If you have a different AMI that you want to enable for monitoring so that you can see its graphs in the RightScale Dashboard, follow the instructions below.

Enabling Monitoring on a Windows Server

Follow the steps below to enable monitoring on a Windows server.

  1. The first step is to RightScale-enable an existing Windows AMI by following the RightLink Installer for Windows tutorial. 
  2. Create a MultiCloud Image (MCI) that references your RightLink-enabled Windows AMI(s).
  3. Create a ServerTemplate.
    1. Be sure to select the Windows MCI that you just created.
    2. In order to enable monitoring on a Windows server you need to have access to the 'SYS Monitoring install' Powershell RightScript or 'sys_monitoring::default' Chef recipe.
      Import the Windows "ASP.NET All-In-One Developer" ServerTemplate from the MultiCloud Marketplace (published by RightScale) so that the "RightScale Public Windows" RepoPath object is effectively imported.
      Alternatively, you can create a new RepoPath with the Cookbook Repos, git://
      Under the cookbook repository ensure you have set the cookbooks path to 'cookbooks' and set the Tag/Branch to '92649d6dc012f36e538b2889f3eb06fd88064ccd'. See also  Create a RepoPath

    3. Under the Server's Scripts tab, add the 'SYS Monitoring install' Powershell RightScript or the 'sys_monitoring::default' Chef recipe from the 'sys_monitoring' cookbook as a Boot Script.
  4. Launch the Server.
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