How to Create a Self-Tuning Monitor in System Center Essentials

This topic provides a procedure for creating a self-tuning monitor to measure CPU processor time. The concepts presented here are applicable to other types of self-tuning monitors. After the self-tuning monitor has been created, you will need to wait for one business cycle to complete before alerts will be generated.


Ensure that the length of the business cycle in step 15 is always greater than the length of the interval set in step 14.

To create a self-tuning monitor

  1. In the Essentials 2007 console, click the Authoring button.

  2. In the Authoring pane, expand Authoring, expand Management Pack Objects, and then click Monitors.

  3. Click the Scope button.

  4. In the Scope MP Objects by target(s) dialog box, in the Look for text box, type Windows Computer, select the Windows Computer target check box, and then click OK.

  5. In the Monitors pane, in the Look for box, type Windows Computer, select the Windows Computer target check box, and then click OK.

  6. In the Monitors pane, expand Windows Computer, expand Entity Health, right-click Performance, point to Create a monitor, and then click Unit Monitor.


    You can either select a Management Pack from the Select destination management pack list or create a new unsealed Management Pack by clicking New.

  7. In the Create Monitor Wizard, expand Windows Performance Counters, expand Self Tuning Thresholds, click 2-state Baselining, and then click Next.

  8. On the General Properties page, in the Name box, type a name for the self-tuning monitor, and then as an option, you can type a description.

  9. In the Parent monitor list, click the appropriate parent monitor, and then click Next.

  10. On the Performance Object, Counter and Instance page, click Browse.

  11. In the Select Performance Counter dialog box, click the down arrow in the Object list, and then click Processor.

  12. In Select counter from list, click %Processor Time, and then click OK.

  13. On the Performance Object, Counter and Instance page, leave Interval set at the default value of 15 minutes, and then click Next.

  14. On the Configure the baseline values used to determine the thresholds page, enter a Business cycle appropriate for your business environment, and then click Next.


    A business cycle is typically one week, or in some cases, one day.

  15. On the Configure Health page, for each Monitor Condition, click the health state status, click a health state from the drop down list, and then click Next.

  16. On the Configure Alerts page, specify the alert settings appropriate for your environment, and then click Create.

See Also


Monitoring in System Center Essentials