[Xymon] Windows Client

Neil Simmonds Neil.Simmonds at express-gifts.co.uk
Wed Jul 24 13:11:04 CEST 2013

Unfortunately we use quite a lot of External scripts and we also can't use Powershell. We have scripting disabled on all servers and while we might be able to get signed scripting allowed, we would require to run the client as a service which would have to run under the Local System account. Experience has shown us that this causes significant problems when trying to run signed scripts. 

The last time we had a requirement to run a Powershell script as an external on BBWin, I ended up having to rewrite it in VBScript as we couldn't get the PS script to work as a signed script under the Local System account.

Unfortunately I don't make the rules under which I have to work, I just have to make the best of them and work within those rules for monitoring.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Xymon [mailto:xymon-bounces at xymon.com] On Behalf Of Dugan, Darin D
> Sent: 23 July 2013 17:06
> To: xymon at xymon.com
> Subject: Re: [Xymon] Windows Client
> I'm a fan of WinPSClient and would like to see that become more widely utilized.
> The chief drawback I have is no great way to run external scripts.
> Been working a lot with PowerShell lately so I might dive in one of these days....
> Cheers.
> Darin
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Xymon [mailto:xymon-bounces at xymon.com] On Behalf Of Henrik Størner
> Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 10:53 AM
> To: xymon at xymon.com
> Subject: Re: [Xymon] Windows Client
> On 22-07-2013 15:20, Neil Simmonds wrote:
> > it appears that BBWin
> > may not be fit for purpose in the near future. I've looked at MrBig
> > and WinPSClient but MrBig seems to have no one maintaining the code
> > and WinPSClient hasn't been changed in 2 ¼ years.
> >
> > Is anyone aware of any other options or has anyone considered perhaps
> > writing something? I'd look into it myself but I'm not a programmer so
> > although my VBScript and Shell script abilities are reasonable
> If you are not too scared to delve into Powershell, then I would really like you to
> dig into the WinPSClient.
> It does work - despite not having been changed for quite some time. The main
> problem with it appears to be that it is a bit ressource-consuming; Powershell is
> not the most effective scripting language.
> But it is one that is supported on all current versions of Windows ...
> and it does provide you with hooks into all of the Microsoft monitoring interfaces.
> As I understand, getting data with Powershell is just as "easy" as doing it in C#.
> Regards,
> Henrik
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