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Windows-specific item keys

Item keys

The table provides details on the item keys that you can use with Zabbix Windows agent only.

Description Return value Parameters Comments
Event log monitoring. Log name - name of event log
regexp - regular expression describing the required pattern
severity - regular expression describing severity
This parameter accepts the following values: “Information”, “Warning”, “Error”, “Critical”, “Verbose” (since Zabbix 2.2.0 running on Windows Vista or newer)
source - regular expression describing source identifier (regular expression is supported since Zabbix 2.2.0)
eventid - regular expression describing the event identifier(s)
maxlines - maximum number of new lines per second the agent will send to Zabbix server or proxy. This parameter overrides the value of 'MaxLinesPerSecond' in
mode - possible values:
all (default), skip - skip processing of older data (affects only newly created items).
The item must be configured as an active check.

⇒ eventlog[Application]
⇒ eventlog[Security,,"Failure Audit",,^(529|680)$]
⇒ eventlog[System,,"Warning|Error"]
⇒ eventlog[System,,,,^1$]
⇒ eventlog[System,,,,@TWOSHORT] - here a custom regular expression named TWOSHORT is referenced (defined as a Result is TRUE type, the expression itself being ^1$|^70$).

Note that the agent is unable to send in events from the "Forwarded events" log.

The mode parameter is supported since Zabbix 2.0.0.
“Windows Eventing 6.0” is supported since Zabbix 2.2.0.

Note that selecting a non-Log type of information for this item will lead to the loss of local timestamp, as well as log severity and source information.

See also additional information on log monitoring.
Network interface list (includes interface type, status, IPv4 address, description). Text Supported since Zabbix agent version 1.8.1. Multi-byte interface names supported since Zabbix agent version 1.8.6. Disabled interfaces are not listed.

Note that enabling/disabling some components may change their ordering in the Windows interface name.

Some Windows versions (for example, Server 2008) might require the latest updates installed to support non-ASCII characters in interface names.
Value of any Windows performance counter. Integer, float, string or text (depending on the request) counter - path to the counter
interval - last N seconds for storing the average value.
The interval must be between 1 and 900 seconds (included) and the default value is 1.
Performance Monitor can be used to obtain list of available counters. Until version 1.6 this parameter will return correct value only for counters that require just one sample (like \System\Threads). It will not work as expected for counters that require more that one sample - like CPU utilisation. Since 1.6, interval is used, so the check returns an average value for last “interval” seconds every time.

See also: Windows performance counters.
Various information about specific process(es). Float process - process name
attribute - requested process attribute
type - representation type (meaningful when more than one process with the same name exists)
The following attributes are supported:
vmsize (default) - size of process virtual memory in Kbytes
wkset - size of process working set (amount of physical memory used by process) in Kbytes
pf - number of page faults
ktime - process kernel time in milliseconds
utime - process user time in milliseconds
io_read_b - number of bytes read by process during I/O operations
io_read_op - number of read operation performed by process
io_write_b - number of bytes written by process during I/O operations
io_write_op - number of write operation performed by process
io_other_b - number of bytes transferred by process during operations other than read and write operations
io_other_op - number of I/O operations performed by process, other than read and write operations
gdiobj - number of GDI objects used by process
userobj - number of USER objects used by process

Valid types are:
avg (default) - average value for all processes named <process>
min - minimum value among all processes named <process>
max - maximum value among all processes named <process>
sum - sum of values for all processes named <process>

⇒ proc_info[iexplore.exe,wkset,sum] - to get the amount of physical memory taken by all Internet Explorer processes
⇒ proc_info[iexplore.exe,pf,avg] - to get the average number of page faults for Internet Explorer processes

Note that on a 64-bit system, a 64-bit Zabbix agent is required for this item to work correctly.

Note: io_*, gdiobj and userobj attributes are available only on Windows 2000 and later versions of Windows, not on Windows NT 4.0.
List of Windows services. Used for low-level discovery. JSON object Supported since Zabbix agent version 3.0.[service,<param>]
Information about a service. Integer - with param as state, startup

String - with param as displayname, path, user

Text - with param as description

Specifically for state:
0 - running,
1 - paused,
2 - start pending,
3 - pause pending,
4 - continue pending,
5 - stop pending,
6 - stopped,
7 - unknown,
255 - no such service

Specifically for startup:
0 - automatic,
1 - automatic delayed,
2 - manual,
3 - disabled,
4 - unknown
service - a real service name or its display name as seen in MMC Services snap-in
param - state (default), displayname, path, user, startup or description
⇒[SNMPTRAP] - state of the SNMPTRAP service
⇒[SNMP Trap] - state of the same service, but with display name specified
⇒[EventLog,startup] - startup type of the EventLog service

Items[service,state] and[service] will return the same information.

Note that only with param as state this item returns a value for non-existing services (255).

This item is supported since Zabbix 3.0.0. It should be used instead of the deprecated service_state[service] item.
Listing of services. 0 - if empty

Text - list of services separated by a newline
type - all (default), automatic, manual or disabled
state - all (default), stopped, started, start_pending, stop_pending, running, continue_pending, pause_pending or paused
exclude - services to exclude from the result. Excluded services should be listed in double quotes, separated by comma, without spaces.
⇒ services[,started] - list of started services
⇒ services[automatic, stopped] - list of stopped services, that should be run
⇒ services[automatic, stopped, "service1,service2,service3"] - list of stopped services, that should be run, excluding services with names service1, service2 and service3

The exclude parameter is supported since Zabbix 1.8.1.
Execute WMI query and return the first selected object. Integer, float, string or text (depending on the request) namespace - WMI namespace
query - WMI query returning a single object
⇒ wmi.get[root\cimv2,select status from Win32_DiskDrive where Name like '%PHYSICALDRIVE0%'] - returns the status of the first physical disk.

This key is supported since Zabbix 2.2.0.
Virtual memory size in bytes or in percentage from total. Integer - for bytes

Float - for percentage
type - possible values:
available (available virtual memory), pavailable (available virtual memory, in percent), pused (used virtual memory, in percent), total (total virtual memory, default), used (used virtual memory)
⇒ vm.vmemory.size[pavailable] → available virtual memory, in percentage

Monitoring of virtual memory statistics is based on:
* Total virtual memory on Windows (total physical + page file size);
* The maximum amount of memory Zabbix agent can commit;
* The current committed memory limit for the system or Zabbix agent, whichever is smaller.

This key is supported since Zabbix 3.0.7.

Monitoring Windows services

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions for setting up the monitoring of Windows services. It is assumed that Zabbix server and agent are configured and operational.

Step 1

Get the service name.

You can get that name by going to MMC Services snap-in and bringing up the properties of the service. In the General tab you should see a field called 'Service name'. The value that follows is the name you will use when setting up an item for monitoring.

For example, if you wanted to monitor the “workstation” service then your service might be: lanmanworkstation.

Step 2

Configure an item for monitoring the service.

The item[service,<param>] retrieves the information about a particular service. Depending on the information you need, specify the param option which accepts the following values: displayname, state, path, user, startup or description. The default value is state if param is not specified ([service]).

The type of return value depends on chosen param: integer for state and startup; character string for displayname, path and user; text for description.


  • Key:[lanmanworkstation]
  • Type of information: Numeric (unsigned)
  • Show value: select the Windows service state value mapping

Two value maps are available Windows service state and Windows service startup type to map a numerical value to a text representation in the Frontend.

Discovery of Windows services

Low-level discovery provides a way to automatically create items, triggers, and graphs for different entities on a computer. Zabbix can automatically start monitoring Windows services on your machine, without the need to know the exact name of a service or create items for each service manually. A filter can be used to generate real items, triggers, and graphs only for services of interest.