Monitoring of Windows Updates and Pending Reboots

Updates are essential to keep network infrastructure safe and solid, NetCrunch 10.5 provides new functionality that allows monitoring of update status, missing updates, and failed installations. It can also notify when the system is running for too long without installing updates. This article shows how to check which updates are available and how to set these two essential sensors.

Monitoring of Updates Status on Demand

Displaying available updates for particular Windows machines on demand is really simple. Node StatusSystem ViewsPending Updates Loading updates may take a while, and it depends on Windows that feeds data to NetCrunch.

After a while list of available updates should appear with relevant statuses of individual updates divided into categories based on severity.

List of updates

Windows Updates Sensor

Besides updates on demand, NetCrunch 10.5 includes Windows Update sensor that can be used to get notifications about missing updates, counters that includes a number of installed/not installed updates and many more.

Adding such sensor is simple

  • Open node settings of the Windows node where updates should be monitored
  • Click on + Add Monitoring Sensor
  • Type Updates in search box
  • Select Windows Updates Sensor

The sensor is already pre-configured to track errors related to the update service and updates that weren't installed for 45 days, it's also possible to set own threshold on time that updates weren't installed.

Sensor Configuration

After the sensor is saved, NetCrunch will now monitor whether anything related to Windows updates or Windows update service is wrong.

Windows update alert

Pending Reboot Sensor

Version 10.5 includes an additional sensor that works great with Pending Updates - It's Pending Reboot.

This sensor tracks 4 factors that will require Windows to be restarted to apply changes:

  • Windows updates
  • CBS (Component Based Servicing) Updates
  • Joining to Domain
  • File Rename

The sensor is fully pre-configured to monitor those 4 factors and after the sensor is added - the user will be notified that Machine requires a restart.

Pending Reboot

These features are included in NetCrunch version 10.5+

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