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Part III — Monitoring Process for IIS Servers on Windows Server

Monitoring IIS Servers on Windows Server Using Prometheus, Grafana, and WMI Exporter: Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Prometheus Installation
  • Download Prometheus: Get the latest version of Prometheus from the official website (
  • Extract the downloaded archive and copy the files to a suitable directory.
  • Create a configuration file named prometheus.yml. This file will define the targets to be monitored, such as WMI Exporter.

2. WMI Exporter Installation

  • Download WMI Exporter: Download the WMI Exporter from the GitHub repository.
  • Use the installer found in the “Assets” section to install the exporter.
  • Install the exporter using the MSI installer.
  • The binary will be placed in the directory: C:\Program Files\windows_exporter.
C:\Program Files\windows_exporter
C:\Program Files\windows_exporter
  • If there’s a running process/task named “windows_exporter,” terminate it, as we will need to manually start the exporter with additional flags.
  • To fetch IIS Server statistics, manually run the exporter using the following command:
"C:\Program Files\windows_exporter\windows_exporter.exe" --collectors.enabled="cpu,cs,iis,logical_disk,net,os,service,system,textfile"
  • Access http://localhost:9182/metrics in your browser to view the available metrics.
  • To make the changes persistent, add the following settings to the registry:
"C:\Program Files\windows_exporter\windows_exporter.exe" --collectors.enabled="cpu,cs,iis,logical_disk,net,os,service,system,textfile" --log.format logger:eventlog?name=windows_exporter

In our previous article, you can find information on how to perform monitoring on a Windows server

3. Configuring Prometheus with WMI Exporter

  • Open your prometheus.yml file and add WMI Exporter as a target like this:
- job_name: 'wmi'
    - targets: ['localhost:9182'] # Varsayılan WMI Exporter portu

4. Grafana Installation and Configuration

  • Download Grafana: Get the latest version of Grafana from the official website (
  • Extract the downloaded archive and copy the files to a suitable directory.
  • Start Grafana: Launch Grafana using the command line (e.g., grafana-server.exe).
Grafana setup
Grafana setup

5. Creating a Dashboard on Grafana

  • Access the Grafana web interface by visiting http://localhost:3000 in your browser (default port 3000).
  • Log in with the default credentials (admin/admin).
  • Go to the “Configuration” menu, select “Data Sources,” and add a new data source. Choose “Prometheus” and provide the address of your Prometheus server (e.g., http://localhost:9090).

  • Click “Save & Test” to add the data source.
  • Navigate to the “Dashboard” section, click “New,” and select “Import.”

  • Search for a Dashboard ID starting with a specific number on, or directly import a JSON file.

IIS Dashboard ID:14532

6. Observing the Dashboard

  • You can observe IIS server monitoring data on the created dashboard. Grafana will help visualize the metrics obtained from Prometheus.
IIS Monitoring
IIS Monitoring

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