What is SNMP Server Monitoring, and How Can Domotz Help?

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What is server monitoring?

Server monitoring is the process of tracking the performance and availability of your servers. In other words, it enables you to watch over your systems to ensure they run smoothly and efficiently. Server monitoring allows you to collect data on various metrics such as CPU usage, memory usage, disk space, network traffic, and application performance. Often, you can use it for real-time data processing to identify potential issues or anomalies.

Server monitoring is essential for any business that relies on servers to provide critical services or applications. It allows your teams to identify and address issues proactively. In addition, it enables you to prevent costly downtime, system crashes, and lost productivity. 

Some benefits of server monitoring

  • Early Detection of Issues: Server monitoring helps you identify issues with your hardware, software, or network connectivity to address them before they cause real problems, such as server downtime or data loss.
  • Better Performance Management: Analyze real-time insights, metrics, and trends about your server’s performance and health to optimize performance. It can help you identify areas where you can optimize performance, such as resource allocation, fine-tuning configurations, or identifying and resolving software or hardware issues. 
  • Enhance Security: Server monitoring can also help detect security threats and vulnerabilities, allowing you to protect your servers and data proactively.
  • Cost Savings: By proactively identifying and addressing issues, you can reduce the costs associated with server downtime and data loss.

What is a server management system?

A server management system is software that allows you to manage a server or, more typically, multiple servers. 

Such a system can collect information about CPU usage, disk space, memory, and other disk utilization metrics. In addition, it will help you receive and monitor alerts as they occur. Most importantly, such a system will display the data you want to monitor in real time on your management dashboards. The system can also collect historical data, allowing you to monitor all metrics over time.

What is SNMP server monitoring?

SNMP server monitoring allows you to collect and analyze data from your servers using SNMP and SNMP templates. 

SNMP, or Simple Network Management Protocol, is a widely-used protocol for managing and monitoring network devices, including servers. 

Some benefits of SNMP server monitoring

  • Monitor Everything: SNMP can gather details like server hardware description, available disk space and capacity, IP address, or physical location. In addition, it can also collect data about your software and installed applications. SNMP can also monitor virtual servers like VMware ESXi servers.
  • Real-time Visibility: SNMP server monitoring provides real-time data on server performance. Moreover, it allows you to identify and address issues quickly.
  • Scalability: You can easily scale SNMP server monitoring to monitor hundreds or thousands of servers, making it an ideal solution for managed service providers (MSPs).

Getting started with SNMP server monitoring

SNMP server monitoring works by using the SNMP agents to gather server data. SNMP agents are software components that run on the servers and provide information to the network monitoring system. Such a system then processes the data and presents it in a user-friendly format, such as a dashboard or alert notification.

Follow these steps to start with SNMP server monitoring:

  • Install an SNMP service on the servers you want to monitor.
  • Configure the SNMP service to allow your network monitoring system to extract data, such as CPU usage, memory usage, disk space, and network traffic.
  • Set up an SNMP monitoring system, such as Domotz, Nagios, or Zabbix, to collect and analyze the data from the SNMP agents. Check out more about the best SNMP monitoring tools for remote network management.
  • Configure your network monitoring system to receive notifications when specific events or thresholds occur, such as high CPU usage or low disk space.
  • Customize your network monitoring system to get access to a nice view of all your data in customized dashboards. 

Can I use Domotz to monitor my servers? 

Yes, Domotz can help you monitor your servers. Let’s see together how this can happen.

First, Domotz offers workstation and server inventory. You can rely on this feature to extract information about your servers, desktops, laptops, and virtual machines (VM). You can quickly access details such as OS name, version, architecture, serial number, and build number. This feature relies on SSH or WinRM protocols that you can enable on your machines. 

Second, Domotz enables you to monitor the logical disks, physical disks, VMs, and server RAM. In addition, it gives you the possibility to also monitor several hardware sensors for iDRAC and HPE iLO, such as CPU voltage and CPU temperature. 

All sensors are available for the following systems: Windows, Linux, macOS, VMware, iDRAC, and HPE Integrated Lights-Out (iLO).

Third, Domotz enables TCP service monitoring. Simply put, you can monitor the TCP port of your services to help you detect when your service is down. In addition, you can monitor your devices using our pre-configured SNMP sensors.

In addition, you can add specific custom drivers to monitor various applications through HTTP, SSH, WinRM, Telnet, SNMP, and TCP. As a result, you can monitor services like Kubernetes, Apache, Nginx, pfSense, Redis, and many more. Check some examples of GitHub custom drivers.

Last, you can visualize all these sensors using our network monitoring dashboards. You can add a monitoring profile to receive alerts in case one of your sensor goes above specific threshold values or if some events occur.


SNMP server monitoring is a powerful tool for MSPs to ensure the stability and availability of your client’s servers. By gathering data from servers using SNMP agents and presenting it in a user-friendly format, SNMP server monitoring allows you to detect and troubleshoot issues proactively, reducing the costs associated with server downtime and data loss. If you’re an MSP, consider implementing SNMP server monitoring to enhance your server monitoring capabilities.

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