Ping Monitor is designed to monitor devices that are on a network but do not support an Essentials 2007 agent or SNMP. Ping Monitor sends a ping signal and watches for a return; it can also be used to monitor other computers for example, as a method of discovering failure.

It is not necessary, however, to create a ping monitor for Windows computers that are being managed with Essentials 2007 agents. You are not prohibited from creating a ping monitor for Windows computers but it is not necessary. To view the results of a ping test on an Essentials 2007 agent-equipped Windows computer, follow the steps below.

Viewing the results of a ping test

  1. In the Essentials 2007 console, open the Authoring space.

  2. In the Authoring pane, expand Management Pack Objects.

  3. Click Monitors. Expanding the list of monitors may take several seconds.

  4. In the Monitors list, expand Windows Server.

  5. Expand Entity Health.

  6. Expand Availability.

  7. Right-click Ping Status, click Overrides, click Override the Monitor, and then click For a specific type: Windows Server.

  8. In the Select Object pane, select the server that is doing the monitoring. Click OK.

  9. In the Override Properties pane, check the check box in the Override column for the parameter type Enabled.

  10. Ensure that the value in the Effective Value column is set to True.

    If it is False, use the procedure below to set the value to true.

    1. Ensure that the Override box is checked.

    2. In the Enabled parameter row, ensure that the Override Value is set to True. If it is not, click the value and select True.

    3. Click Apply and ensure that the Effective Value switches to true.

    4. Click OK.

Once Ping Status is enabled you can observe it in Health Monitor.

  1. Open the Monitoring space and click Computers.

  2. Select the computer you are monitoring from the list

  3. In the Tasks pane, click Health Explorer for Computer name.

  4. In Health Explorer, expand Entity Health.

  5. Expand Availability.

  6. In the right-hand pane, click the State Change Events tab.