Windows Sessions Test

This test reports various session-related statistics for a Microsoft File server.

Target of the test : A Microsoft File server

Agent deploying the test : An internal agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for the file server that is being monitored.

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameters Description

Test period

This indicates how often should the test be executed.


The host for which the test is to be configured.


Refers to the port used by the File server.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation


Rate of logons to the server


This measure reports the rate of all interactive, network, and service logons to an MS File server. The measure includes both successful and failed

Logon errors

Number of logons in the last measurement period that had errors


This measure reports the number of failed logon attempts to the server during the last measurement period.  The number of failures can indicate whether password-guessing programs are being used to get into the server.

Current sessions

The number of sessions currently active in a server


This measure is one of the indicators of current server activity.

Sessions with errors

The number of sessions in the last measurement period that were closed to unexpected error conditions


Sessions can be closed with errors if the session duration reaches the autodisconnect timeout.

Sessions forced off

The number of sessions in the last measurement period that have been forced to logoff


This value indicates how many sessions were forced to logoff due to logon time constraints.

Sessions logged off

The number of sessions in the last measurement period that were terminated normally


Compare the number of sessions logged off to the number of sessions forced off, sessions with errors, or those that timed out. Typically, the percentage of abnormally terminated sessions should be low.

Sessions timed out

The number of sessions that have been closed in the last measurement period due to their idle time exceeding the AutoDisconnect parameter for the server


The number of session timed out gives an indication of whether the AutoDisconnect setting is helping to conserve server resources