Collect Application Errors from Remote Computers

Applies To: Windows Essential Business Server

You can configure System Center Essentials to automatically collect an error report when a severe application error occurs on a managed computer in your network. If you enable this feature, called agentless exception monitoring, information about an application error (such as a program crash) is uploaded to a location that you specify. You can use the error report to determine which applications on managed computers are having problems.

To enable agentless exception monitoring in System Center Essentials, use the System Center Essentials Feature Configuration Wizard. You enable agentless exception monitoring for all managed computers.


You must run the Feature Configuration Wizard in System Center Essentials to enable the monitoring and management functionality in the Windows EBS Administration console. You can run the wizard again later to change the configuration of System Center Essentials features. For more information about the initial configuration of System Center Essentials in Windows EBS, see “Configure Management Tools” at the Microsoft Web site (

For more information about agentless exception monitoring, see System Center Essentials Help: On the Management Server, in the System Center Essentials console, press F1.

To enable agentless exception monitoring

  1. Start the System Center Essentials console by using one of the procedures in Start the System Center Essentials Console, earlier in this document.

  2. In the navigation pane, click the Administration icon.

  3. In the Administration Overview pane, click Configure product features. The Feature Configuration Wizard appears.

  4. In the navigation pane of the wizard, click Error Monitoring.

  5. On the Error Monitoring page, click Yes, collect application errors, and then do the following:

    1. In Error report up-load location, type a path to a folder to collect the application errors.

    2. Accept the default port number to use when client computers submit errors (51906), and then click Next.

  6. On the Configure Error Forwarding page, if you want to automatically collect and forward error reports from managed computers to Microsoft, select Automatically forward all collected errors to Microsoft. You can choose to send either Basic reports (containing only the error signature) or Detailed reports. Then click Next.

  7. Complete the wizard.