After you install Data Collectors on the desired computers and configure them to the same database as the SysKit Monitor application on the central computer, the Manage Data Collectors dialog will appear on the Administration tab. Another way to access Data Collectors is by navigating to the File tab, selecting Manage from the left navigation bar, and then clicking Data Collectors.
The Manage Data Collectors dialog contains the list of data collectors installed and running on the servers in your environment. Use this dialog to configure each Data Collector according to your preferences and they will gather data as configured. Here you can see the Data Collector name, its status, when it was last seen online, and the Data Collector service version.
The following options are available:
Enable – Enable the selected Data Collector.
Disable – Disable the selected Data Collector.
Delete – Delete the selected Data Collector. Note: If you delete a Data Collector that is monitoring computers in automatic or manual mode, it will be automatically re-added with the next status update. Only uninstalled Data Collectors can be permanently deleted from this list.
Data Collectors can be configured to Automatic or Manual mode. By default, the Data Collection Mode is set to Automatic. The Data Collection Mode can be switched to Manual, which can be performed by Computers or Organizational Units.
In automatic mode, load balancing improves the distribution of data collection and optimization of resource usage across multiple Data Collectors. This way, you don’t need to worry about configuration settings, as the system is configured automatically. If any of Data Collectors are offline or disabled, the system will automatically transfer and distribute the data collection to other online and available Data Collectors.
You are advised to have this option enabled and configured if you have geographically distributed servers. The Override option enables you to configure the selected Data Collector in manual mode. Data Collectors that have this option enabled need to be assigned with the computers. In this mode, each Data Collector will only collect data for the assigned computers. If any of Data Collectors with the Override option is offline in this mode, data collection will not be performed for the assigned computers.
In manual mode, each Data Collector will only collect data for the assigned Computers / OUs. If the mode is changed from automatic to manual, every Data Collector, depending on the selected option, needs to be assigned with the computers or organizational units. In Manual – Computers mode, you will have the Computers filter available for each Data Collector. In Manual – Organizational Units mode, you will have the OU filter available for each Data Collector.
Currently, if any of Data Collectors are offline in this mode, data collection will not be performed for the assigned computers or organizational units. While configuring Data Collectors, if there are any unassigned Computers or OUs, you will have the option of assigning them to the default Data Collector or to reconfigure Data Collectors to cover these Computers or OUs. The same applies to a scenario where one or more Data Collectors are disabled.