Documentation forIpMonitor
Effective December 31, 2024, IpMonitor will reach its end of life and will no longer be available or supported. If you liked IpMonitor, consider trying another SolarWinds product.

Drive Space monitor

The Drive Space monitor uses a remote procedure call (RPC) or SNMP communication to test the amount of available drive space on a specified drive, share, or mount. If the available space is less than required, a failure state occurs.

Using the RPC communication method, the Drive Space monitor can monitor any host machine running a supported Microsoft Windows operating system. See the ipMonitor documentation for operating system requirements.

Using the SNMP communication method, the Drive Space monitor can monitor any SNMP-enabled host machine running a supported Windows operating system or UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems (such as Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, and so on). See the ipMonitor documentation for operating system requirements.

Use the Drive Space monitor to:

  • Ensure that critical resources do not run out of drive space
  • Automatically take recovery actions to free up drive space

The Drive Space Monitor Wizard allows you to configure drive space monitors quickly and easily. However, if you prefer greater control over the process, you can clone an existing drive space monitor and manually make any required configuration changes.

Create a Drive Space monitor

  1. Click Devices in the toolbar.
  2. Locate and click the targeted device you want to monitor.
  3. In the toolbar, click Add > Add New Monitor.
  4. In the Select Monitor page, click Drive Space.
  5. Enter the details of the server you want to monitor.

    1. Enter the IP address or host name of the target server.
    2. Select the Use SNMP checkbox if the monitor will communicate with an SNMP-enabled network device.

      An SNMP Agent and the SNMP Service must be running on the monitored device for SNMP communications.

    3. Enter the UDP port number that the device responds on. Port 161 is the default port.
    4. Select the SNMP version used by the device. ipMonitor and the target device or server must use the same SNMP version.
    5. Select the Use RPC/WMI checkbox to enable communications between ipMonitor and a targeted server (if required).

      An authenticated server connection requires a client access license (CAL). An authenticated workstation connection consumes a client connection.

    6. (Optional) Select a credential for monitoring. When selected, ipMonitor uses the credential account and password information to authenticate to the target machine and test the status of the drive or share.
  6. Click Next.

    ipMonitor scans for a list of available drive shares.

  7. Select the interface and monitoring thresholds

    1. Click the Communication Type drop-down menu and select a method used by ipMonitor to connect to the specified server.

    2. Select the targeted drive to monitor.

      In this example, only one drive is available on the target machine.

    3. Enter the amount of drive space required on the system in MB or percentage.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Create the new drive space monitor.

    1. Select the Enable Monitor checkbox to enable this monitor.
    2. (Optional) Select the remaining checkbox if you want to begin to record the test results. The result will be used to generate the Recent Activity and Historical reports.
  10. Click Create.

    The new monitor displays in the Devices tab.

Test results

The following table lists the test results when the monitor is in an Up state.

Test Result Description
Space The monitored available space reported in gigabytes (GB) and megabytes (MB).
Avail The monitored available space reported as a percentage (%) of the entire drive.