We’ve been looking at new network and server monitoring tools. We had been using SNMP R/O but are looking to be able to monitor services so most tools move to WMI. WMI looks to be a pain to configure on a large scale if you don’t want to make the service account a local or domain admin 🙁
I found an easy way to test if the issue with WMI is permissions or not. This technet blog has a few ways to test.
Testing the WMI Service on a Remote Machine
The process to perform a quick test of the WMI services on a remote machine is not much different than testing the local services.
- Click Start, click Run, type wmimgmt.msc, and then click OK.
- Right-click WMI Control (Local), and then click Connect to another computer.
- Click Another computer, and then enter the name of the remote computer.
- If you have to provide user credentials, click Change.
- Click OK.
- Right-click WMI Control (remote system name), and then click Properties.
I still haven’t found a way to make a service account work with remote WMI if its not an admin, but atleast I have an easy way to test and know its no the monitoring software not working.