Network Monitoring Software for Windows 10 Release
After a much anticipated wait, Obkio’s Network Monitoring Software for Windows is finally here, and it’s ready for you to take it for a spin! In this article, we’ll give you information about:
- The Network Monitoring Agent for Windows
- Windows 10 and WSL 2 System Requirements
- How to Update to Windows 10
- How to Install WSL 2
- How to Install the Network Monitoring Software for Windows
If you’re too eager, you can download the Obkio Windows Agent here.
A Network Monitoring Agent for Windows has been on Obkio’s mind for a long while, and when Microsoft announced WSL 2 at Build 2019, the team started working.
When the Windows 10 May 2020 update was released on May 27th, 2020, we finally had what we needed to make the dream a reality and bring the Windows Agent to all of you.
Obkio’s Network Monitoring Software for Windows includes an Agent that is built and delivered by Linux, and uses The Windows Subsystem for Linux 2020 update (WSL 2) as its backend. That means that Obkio will be able to deliver a network monitoring solution for Windows, using the same perfected solution that is built and delivered by Linux.
The Agent will include all of the features currently available for all of Obkio’s other Network Performance Monitoring Agents, and is available as a Software Agent.
Some of the features include:
- Visibility from End-User Perspective
- Continuous Monitoring
- Automated Notifications and Network Issue Alerts
- Distributed Deployment
- Low Footprint
- Synthetic Traffic
- Ideal for Remote & Home Offices
- Automatic Updates
- & so much more!
This is because Windows 10 comes loaded with the new WSL 2 (Windows System for Linux version 2), which runs a real Linux Kernel Image delivered by Microsoft. Obkio’s Windows Agent was reliant on this feature because the Agent uses some internal Kernel Network Timestamp to measure latency. Once again, you can learn more about the WSL 2 changes in our post on Network Monitoring for Windows with WSL 2.
Next, we’ll be running you through the steps to install Obkio’s network monitoring software for Windows, but you can also find the full Windows 10 Obkio Agent Installation Guide here.
The first thing you need to do before installing the network monitoring software for Windows is to make sure that you have a version of Windows 10 that supports WSL 2, since WSL version 1 is not supported by the Obkio Agent.
Check your Windows version by selecting the Windows logo key + R, type winver, select OK. (Or enter the ver command in Windows Command Prompt). Please update to the latest Windows version if your build is lower than 19041.
If you are ready to install the update, open your Windows Update settings (go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and select Check for updates. Once the update appears, you can select Download and install.
You can also watch this video from Microsoft explaining how to update to Windows 10.
The next step before installing the Obkio Agent on Windows 10 is enabling the WSL optional feature.
Do to so, open PowerShell as Administrator and run:
dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all /norestart dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:VirtualMachinePlatform /all /norestart
Restart your machine to complete the WSL installation.
Run the following command in Powershell to set WSL 2 as the default version when installing a new Linux distribution:
wsl --set-default-version 2
You can learn more about WSL 2 installation at Windows Subsystem for Linux Installation Guide for Windows 10.
We’re almost there - just follow these two steps to starting monitoring network performance on Windows!
The best way to install the Obkio Windows Agent is by visiting the Microsoft Store Obkio Windows Agent listing and installing the free Agent from there. You can also search for “Obkio Agent” in the store search bar to find it.
Once the Windows Agent is installed, click the LAUNCH button to configure the Obkio Agent. At this point, you will need your Agent ID.
To create a new Agent and get the Agent ID, follow the steps in this short video:
The Obkio Agent will automatically launch at Startup. This can be changed in the Task Manager -> Startup tab.
The Obkio team is currently working on a package so you can easily install the Windows 10 Obkio Agent on multiple computers at once. If you’re interested in this package, contact us and we’ll be more than happy to send you the details.
You’re now ready to start using Obkio’s Network Monitoring Software for Windows! We hope you enjoy the experience and look forward to hearing your feedback. You can send all questions, comments or feedback to email@example.com.