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Program Monitoring

By LordScythe
May 30, 2008
  1. Hey, is there a way to see the times that programs have been running until? For instance, a way to see that Firefox was open until 8:57 PM, then it was closed.
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,330   +622

    SLR (Service Level Reporting) is a field of monitoring software that addresses many
    such questions on resource and program usage. It is for the Big Boys on massive infrastructures
    and VERY expensive.

    The concept is to monitor systems availability with probe software which operates as
    a client to a client/server model where the data is collected and analyzed.

    The hard part is collecting enough information to 'find Program X running' soon enough
    and then continue to monitor it until 'Program X is not running'.
    If you sample too infrequently, Program X can be started and run to completion before
    your next sample -- oops we missed it. Sample too frequently and the tool becomes a
    resource bottleneck -- oops, mea culpa :(
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Start-->Run-->Eventvwr.msc
     
  4. LordScythe

    LordScythe TS Rookie Topic Starter

    how exactly can I use this to monitor any program?
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    How exactly are going to monitor programs that were closed
     
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,330   +622

    I believe the request is for a report like
    IE7 started 08:37 ended 16:52​
    ie how long was a program running.

    To my understanding, translating Event info into one line entry per application is not
    possible from the event.log
     
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