General description 

ThinkServer's Windows Operations thinagent has many categories inside. There are two categories that collect information regarding Windows health: Windows Health and Windows Lightweight. Both categories has similar purposes, but greatly differ in their internal functioning.

Windows Health

This category contains 19 kinds of different monitors, each one collecting information from varied WMI classes. In order to take advantage of ThinkServer's multiple datasource features, this category gives the option to create a single datasource for all the monitors belonging to Windows Health category.
A unique datasource brings flexibility because it can be used with a wide number of monitors without the need to configure each one of them.

Windows Lightweight

Lightweight monitors are monitor-datasource dependent. This means each monitor has only one datasource, and in fact can ony have one datasource because the datasource is embedded in the monitor.
Those monitors run a single WMI query in contrast to Windows Health datasources wich run several WMI queries to achieve the desired results.

The following table summarizes the major advantages from each category:

Windows HealthWindows Lightwight
Slower Faster
More bandwidth consumption Less bandwith consumption
Big number of WMI queries One WMI query per monitor
Faster deploy of new monitors Slower deploy of new monitors






This document was intended to show the main differences between Windows Health and Windows Lightweight monitors.


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Last Modified On: October 24, 2018