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Dedicated server monitoring tools have largely replaced the need to manually parse log files except for the most esoteric of issues. This however raises another issue — selecting one that has the right combination of features, usability and performance. Fortunately, many free options exist if you’re willing to learn their ins and outs.
Mark Russinovich’s “Sysinternals Suite”, which includes the likes of Process Explorer, Process Monitor, Autoruns and TCPView, is one of the most invaluable collections of free tools ever assembled for Windows. Russinovich has just added a new weapon to this already comprehensive arsenal — Sysmon, a command-line program that watches for system events, particularly those associated with malicious behaviour.
I’ve adopted the habit of periodically firing up Task Manager and checking the memory usage of my running programs. Most of the time, everything is as it should be, but occasionally, I’ll notice bizarre situations where an application has decided to misbehave. If you’re particularly protective of system resources, Process Piglet can give you some warning before things get out of control.
There’s no shortage of system monitoring apps for Android, ranging from tiny one-glance widgets to deep-dive apps that offer incredible detail. To keep an eye on your phone’s performance and status, we found Elixir 2 is the best tool for the job. If you want to examine a remote PC from an Android phone, PC Monitor is the best way to do it.
If you want to monitor your iPhone or remote computer, there aren’t many options for the iPhone. In fact, there’s really no single app that’s worthy of being called the best. As a result, we’re offering two: iStat if you’re monitoring a Mac or iPhone, and PC Monitor if you’re monitoring a Windows or Linux machine.