PA Storage Monitor Installation Tips
PA Storage Monitor is able to monitor one or more computers for system events. Since it does not use remote software agents, there are generally two typical ways to install it:
Multiple Storage Monitoring Configuration
The most popular installation method is to put PA Storage Monitor on a single server and have it watch other servers (and optionally the server it is running on as well). Some clients even install PA Storage Monitor on their desktop systems.
This method allows for a single installation, combined reporting, and no software installed on monitored servers. The only downside is the monitoring service needs to have access to the monitored resources on the remote servers. You can control which user credentials are used to access remote resources by setting the service Log On as user, as well as server-specific credentials which can be specified in the PA Storage Monitor Console. Read more about remote monitoring hints here.
Single Storage Monitoring Configuration
If the above method is not possible, perhaps because the servers are not connected via the network or there is no way to created a recognized account on the remote computer, it is also acceptable to install PA Storage Monitor on each individual server.
For some applications this would be burdensome, but PA Storage Monitor has taken steps to ease this job. First, PA Storage Monitor installs very quickly. Second, once you have a server's monitors and alerts configured the way you want them, you can export that configuration to a file (via the Easy Configuration dialog) and then import that same configuration into each of the other servers.