The Host sFlow agent supports Windows performance monitoring, providing a lightweight, scalable solution for monitoring large numbers of Windows servers.
The following steps demonstrate how to install and configure the Host sFlow agent on a Windows server, sending sFlow to an analyzer with IP address 10.0.0.50.
Note: If there are any firewalls between the Windows servers and the sFlow analyzer, you will need to ensure that packets to the sFlow analyzer (UDP port 6343) are permitted.
First go to the Host sFlow web site, http://host-sflow.sourceforge.net
Click on the DOWNLOAD NOW button.
If you are using a browser on the Windows server, you should automatically be offered the file hsflowd_windows_setup.msi, click on the Download Now! button to download this file.
Note: If the Windows install file isn't displayed, click on the View all files button and select the file from the list.
Click on the Run button to install the software on your current server. Otherwise, click Save to store the file and copy it to the target system.
Click on the Run button to confirm that you want to install the software.
Click the Next> button
Confirm the installation location and click the Next> button
Enter the IP address of your sFlow analyzer, in this case 10.0.0.50, then click the Next> button.
Click on the Next> button to confirm that you want to install the software.
For a complete sFlow monitoring solution you should also collect sFlow from the switches connecting the servers to the network (see Hybrid server monitoring). The sFlow standard is designed to seamlessly integrate monitoring of networks and servers (see sFlow Host Structures).
An sFlow analyzer is needed to receive the sFlow data and report on performance (see Choosing an sFlow analyzer). The free sFlowTrend analyzer is a great way to get started, see sFlowTrend adds server performance monitoring to see examples.