FrameFlow is an “agentless” server monitoring system which means it doesn’t install anything on the systems being monitored. It’s a big advantage especially in larger organizations where getting permission or certification to install software on a critical system is a long a difficult process.
So how do we monitor systems without installing anything on them? We use standard protocols like SNMP, SSH, WMI, DCOM and RPC. The protocol that we use depends on the monitoring task and some of our event monitors offer multiple protocol options so you can choose the one that works best for you.
Our System Health event monitor is a good example. It lets you choose from SSH, SNMP, WMI and Windows Performance counters. Each one has it’s advantages. SSH is used for Linux and other Unix-like systems. SNMP works on pretty much anything that supports SNMP. WMI and performance counters are best for Windows boxes. In each case FrameFlow uses the selected protocol to connect and retrieve the data it needs for monitoring and reporting.