It’s been six months since our last release, and now SysKit 2016 R2 – 8.0 brings you the biggest revolution in SysKit product updates since…well, the dawn of time!
First of all, you can now monitor every existing SharePoint performance metric using SysKit. Monitored SharePoint performance metrics can be compared across different servers in your farm, or across different farms. To add to this, you can even track all those performance metrics through history, which allows you to place them against a set of server baselines. Besides SharePoint, you can monitor performance metrics on all server roles, including Citrix XenApp, IIS, and SQL Servers.
The new SysKit also comes with a predefined set of templates with which you can monitor different server roles separately. Each template is designed for a specific server role and tracks the specific set of performance metrics. In addition to the the predefined SysKit monitoring templates, you can create your own templates and assign them to servers or logical server groups. Let’s say you have a Citrix XenApp server. You can monitor Citrix-specific counters such as Citrix CPU Utilization Mgmt User, Citrix IMA Networking, ICA Session, or Citrix Licensing.
SysKit has also gone one step forward with inventory reports, enabling you to generate complete server documentation. That way SysKit can automate your tasks and allow you to track and audit server configuration changes. Documentation is generated using PowerShell scripts, meaning you can reach any data imaginable with the use of PowerShell. Once you’re finished, export the documentation to XLSX or PDF format, and you’re ready to present it to your clients or colleagues.
The last new feature is for systems that contain a lot of servers and different environments. Group your servers into multiple logical server units, therefore splitting your system into smaller fractions, and making it easier to monitor and administer. Use the logical server groups to apply a specific action to a specific group of servers only, while others stay intact, making group actions much less risky.
You can check out a more detailed list of improvements and bug fixes in our Release Note.
SysKit pricing got a bit of a refresh with the introduction of SysKit editions in this latest upgrade. We’re giving you a fresh choice between our three SysKit editions: Standard, Professional, and Enterprise. Each edition provides a number of features you can use within the SysKit application. You can learn more about SysKit editions on our pricing page.