Windows Server 2019 System Insights

The responsibility of any system or IT administrator managing a server environment is to make sure that everything runs as expected. All activities and components that determine things like disks running out of space, the capacity of the memory used in processing connected hosts, know when to plan for new Virtual Machines, etc.

The proposed Windows Server 2019 system insights are available in the preview that helps in the analysis of the capabilities of Windows Server 2019. The capabilities are supported through machine learning, analysis of server system data like performance counters and events that give accurate predictions. The highly accurate predictions will help you to cut down on operational expenses that run into the management of the Windows Server 2019 instances.

The Windows Server 2019 also enables IT administrators to be proactive when it comes to detecting possible problems within the Windows Server environment. All the analysis is collected locally without the need for a specialized storage server or cloud configuration. Those using the Azure Log Analytics (OMS), can view all events on the Azure log Analytics.

What Are the Windows Server 2019 System Insights Capabilities?

The Windows Server System Insights 2019 (WS2019) has an almost similar interface to that of your mailbox. With such features, you only wish to see them extended when the trial period is over. Here are some of what to expect:


Going through the predictive capabilities, you can activate some features on demand or configure them to run on a given schedule.


The expected outcomes can be visualized to enable the understanding of consumption levels and trends

Customization of Restorative Services

Restorative services can be customized to run automatically after a particular result is obtained. This automation is supposed to help users to solve issues automatically the moment it is noted.

Viewing Trends

You can view and understand how individual Windows Servers are trending with their capacity predictions.

Using PowerShell Remotely

Activating the PowerShell remotely, to sum up, all prediction outcomes of all related Windows Server instances. Examples of such instances include cluster, rack, tier, application, and data center. If you want to know how the overall fleet is trending, compute storage or network capacity dimensions.

The WS2019 introduces four capabilities that run based on capacity forecasting:

  • Forecast CPU storage for CPU capacity forecasting
  • Forecasts network for each network port to monitor networking capacity forecasting
  • Forecasts cumulative storage consumption on all local drives to monitor total storage consumption
  • Forecasts consumption of storage on each volume used in volume consumption forecasting

You can set custom rules to extend the capabilities.

Management of System Insights

Windows Server System insights have two centers of management. Using the Windows Admin Center through its web interface, or manage the insights through the PowerShell directly.

Windows Admin Center System Insights

Managing the server insights from the Windows Admin Center is by adding the extension associated the System Insights to the server that is to be managed. Through this interface, you can enable or disable System Insights. The Admin Center installs the System Insights on the local server.

Managing Windows Server 2019 System Insights from the PowerShell

As an alternative to the Windows Admin Center, the Windows PowerShell can also be used to enable and Manage System Insights. Enabling System Insights on Windows Server, you have to install System insights feature using the command:

Install-WindowsFeature System-Insights

Once the feature is installed, use the Get-InsightsCapability to give you all the options. You can look at the two examples below on how you can enable and disable capabilities.

Enable-InsightsCapability – Name “CPU capacity forecasting.”

Disable_InsightsCapability -Name “Network capacity forecasting.”

The results are visible by using the Get-InsightsCapabilityResult command. It is good to note that the information from this command is not instant. By default, you will get the predictions of the first five days after activating the feature.

Overhead and Performance

The next question likely to come from you should be how much overhead or resources that these features add to the server system. Look at the answer from the developers:

“Not every capability requires many resources to run. Each one will take longer to run as more data is collected, but you should see results within seconds.”

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