Monitor Windows

Use the Windows System Monitoring template to monitor your Windows system. First, apply the template, and then view incoming data.

The Windows System Monitoring template includes the following:

  • one dashboard: Windows System
  • one bucket: telegraf, 7d retention
  • label: Windows System Template, Telegraf plugin labels: outputs.influxdb_v2
  • one Telegraf configuration: InfluxDB v2 output plugin, Windows Performance Counters input plugin
  • two variables: bucket, windows_host

Apply the template

  1. Use the influx CLI to run the following command:

    influx apply -f

    For more information, see influx apply.

    Ensure your influx CLI is configured with your account credentials and that configuration is active. For more information, see influx config.

  2. Install Telegraf on a server with network access to both the Windows system and InfluxDB v2 API.

  3. In your Telegraf configuration file (telegraf.conf), do the following:

    • Set the following environment variables:
      • INFLUX_TOKEN: Token must have permissions to read Telegraf configurations and write data to the telegraf bucket. See how to view tokens.
      • INFLUX_ORG: Name of your organization. See how to view your organization.
      • INFLUX_URL: Your InfluxDB host URL, for example, localhost, a remote instance, or InfluxDB Cloud.
  4. Start Telegraf.

  5. To monitor multiple Windows systems, repeat steps 1-4 for each system.

View incoming data

  1. In the InfluxDB user interface (UI), select Dashboards in the left navigation.

  2. Open the Windows System dashboard to start monitoring.

    If you’re monitoring multiple Windows machines, switch between them using the windows_host filter at the top of the dashboard.

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