Okay. So maybe I’m a bit biased, since one of the reasons I started working for RES Software was RES Wisdom, but, boy, is this a cool product!

Wisdom started as a really simple tool that used a “Ready, Set, Go” method to automate simple, repeatable, everyday administrative tasks. I loved it, the first moment I laid eyes on it. Since then it has grown into the powerful Run Book Automation application it is today!

For people who are not yet familiar with RES Wisdom, just imagine a tool that helps you do incredible administrative tasks in very simple, small and comprehensible steps. For Example, you can schedule defragmentation of all hard disks in your company on a Sunday morning, by first starting the computers with Wake-On-Lan, then defrag the disks, and shut down the computer again. I even know of companies that let Wisdom shut down 90 percent of their Citrix and/or terminal servers in the evenings and during weekends, thus saving an enormous amount of energy in both direct electricity costs and indirect costs saved by using less cooling capacity.

Since I started working for RES Software, I have come to know about several very cool features in the product that RES somehow forget to tell the world about. The most important one so far is explained in the following text. I’ll call it trending for now, but it is much more…

So, that said, being able to schedule in all kinds of ways is a big thing in Wisdom. People who use Wisdom know what I’m talking about. But what they probably don’t know (at least I didn’t) is that this rescheduling doesn’t just build up a history, it also allows you to view the delta’s between various scheduled tasks and lets you plot them. Don’t think “How could I have missed this?” it’s hidden so far away you’d think it was not intended to be found ;-)

Let’s say I want to know about the disk space consummation of my Exchange server. Just create a module with “Query Disk Space”:

If you schedule this module to run just once, after completion, you’ll see a Job Result appear. When you open that result you’ll see:

Very neat, very handy.

However when you create a recurring schedule of this module on the computers of which you’d like to monitor the disk space:

(In this case, every 24 hours at 9 p.m.)

After every executed schedule, a job log is created:

If you open the last log and select the “Agents” tab, you will see:

If you then select details for a specific computer:

And then again details for the query and go to the tab history:

I admit, the data shown here are not very spectacular.. It’s just a little home server, but imagine what you can do with the company’s disk space on the file or mail server!

You can also click on the “Data” sub tab and see the details:

That reminds me, if you haven’t played with the product: throughout Wisdom you can click on the report button to create a PDF file of whatever you are looking at, at that moment!

(This blog was previously posted on my own site: http://www.hoeijen.nl/Wisdom/)