FS Guard is a lightweight monitoring software that can monitor both folders and services on the Windows operating system. It has to be run on the monitored system and can inform the system administrator if specific events occur.
Note: PC Inspector FS Guard has been designed specifically for Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The program ran fine on a Windows 10 Pro 64-bit system however.
It is by no means a complete monitoring solution and lacks the depth of other monitoring software programs like The Dude but makes up for it with simplicity.
Installation of FS Guard is straightforward and comes without any surprises. It only takes a minute to select the folders or services that you want monitored by the application.
The functionality is limited to the following: Services and folders can be monitored. The program can be configured to restart monitored services when they stop, and may also notify administrators about services that are not running anymore.
To monitor a service simply select it from the list of installed services and add it to the list that you want to monitor. To have the service restarted automatically if it is not running, switch that option on as well, and select the number of restart attempts that you want the program to try.
Folders of connected hard drives can also be monitored by FS Guard. It is possible to monitor them for size changes. If the size changes the system administrator will be informed as well. Instead of monitoring a folder for any size change, it can alternatively monitor them to make sure they don't get larger than a set size.
The software is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista and will most likely run on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 as well although that is not mentioned on the developer's homepage. IT Pros will miss features that they are used to work with like executing programs or taking screenshots of the situation.
FS Guard has not been updated in a while, and that is probably the main thing that is keeping it down these days. While you may still run it on some Windows machines, it is advised to use software instead that is updated frequently, especially in business environments.
Check out Event Monitor Service as an alternative to monitoring services on Windows.
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