Getting Started with MSP360 RMM
In this guide, we overview the MSP360 RMM solution.
The Feature Set
The MSP360 Remote Monitoring and Management solution supports the following operating systems:
RMM for Windows:
- Windows 7 sp1/8.1/10/11
- Windows Server 2012 R2/2016/2019/2022
RMM for macOS:
- macOS Catalina 10.15
- macOS Big Sur 11.0
- macOS Monterey 12.0
RMM for Linux:
- Ubuntu 12.04/.../22,
- Debian 10.x/.../11.x,
- SUSE Enterprise 12 SP2/15, openSUSE 15.x,
- Red Hat 7.x/ .../9.x,
- Fedora 33/.../37,
- CentOS 7.x/8.x,
- Oracle Linux 7.x/.../9.x.
Here’s a short overview of the features our solution provides for Windows devices:
- System resource monitoring and performance overview
- Patch management
- Windows update policy
- Alerting & reporting
- SNMP monitoring
- Web-based remote access to Windows devices
- Software deployment
- PowerShell scripting
- Group actions
- Antivirus management
Now we overview the installation process and walk you through the user interface of the MSP360 Remote Monitoring and Management solution.
Installation and Management
To start using the solution, you need to install the agent on the target computer. To do this, go to the Downloads tab.
Here, you can either download the RMM agent or copy the link to send it to the required user. The agent should then be installed on the target computer. Following this, you will be able to see the computer on the Computers tab, Remote Management section.
Alternatively, you can install the MSP360 Remote Management solution on all computers. To do this, go to the Computers tab, RMM section; in the upper-right corner, find the Group actions button, click it and select the Install RMM on Computers option.
After you have installed the MSP360 Remote Management solution on the target computer, you will see it on the Computers tab, RMM section.
This tab shows you general information, such as the computer name, disk, CPU and memory usage, and warns you if you have any available updates for your operating system or antivirus, or event log issues.
To manage a specific computer, click on the diagram button in the right corner of the RMM section, or any of the status bars.
You will then see a slide-in tab. The right-hand part of the tab shows information and allows you to manage the solution. On the left, you can select the required section of the tab.
Additionally, you can click the arrow button in the upper-right corner of some of the tabs in order to open a modal window with more detailed information about that specific tab.
The General tab provides an easy way to monitor key sensors for the health and performance of the target computer, such as disk space, CPU and RAM usage, updates, and other information. Here you can also connect to a computer, execute PowerShell scripting, discover SNMP devices, turn on/restart a computer remotely (using Wake-on-LAN and reboot buttons), or copy a direct link to that tab for your tech engineer.
Please note that Wake-on-LAN requires at least one online computer on the same subnet, and Wake-on-LAN must be enabled on the device you want to wake up.
You can temporarily disable monitoring if you want to stop receiving alerts from the target computer, such as during maintenance.
The next tab, Computer info, provides you with details about the target computer, including the operating system and the name of the computer. Here you will also find details such as the last-logged-in user, the type of platform, the model, and the serial number..
The next tab, Task Manager, allows you to monitor the computer’s performance, processes and services in real time.
The Installed Software tab is pretty self-explanatory. To uninstall a specific application remotely, select the required software from the list and click the "x" button.
The next tab, Patch Management, allows you to install OS updates on your users’ machines and check the updates that have already been installed.
The next tab shows you the installed hardware and its status.
On the HDD/SSD Info tab, you can see the hard drive details for the given user. If you click the button near the text “SMART”, you will see more detailed and technical information about that storage device.
On the next tab, Printers, you can see the status and detailed information about all the printers connected to that computer.
In the Antivirus tab, you can check the status of the antivirus installed on the machine and also update its databases. To do this, click on the checkbox near the required antivirus, followed by the Update Database button.
The Event Log tab shows the event statistics on applications, hardware, security, and system for the current day. If an issue is detected, it will be shown on a pie chart.
Turn on the table view in the upper-right corner of the tab to check the detailed info on events.
On the Hyper-V Manager tab, you can start, turn off or restart your Hyper-V virtual machines. If you open the modal window, you will also see detailed information about them.
On the next tab, PowerShell, you can execute a script from the Script Library, from file or open PowerShell terminal. Bear in mind that this option is only available if you have enabled two-factor authentication. To do this, go to the Settings tab, General section and enable 2FA. Once this is done, you will be able to write, upload and execute PowerShell scripts on the given machine.
The last tab, Registry Editor, allows you to view and manage registry entries within a user’s machine.
With RMM you can monitor your network environment, including devices working on SNMP protocols.
The following SNMP protocol versions are supported:
- SNMP v1
- SNMP v2
- SNMP v3
Click the SNMP button on the RMM side panel of the machine on which you want to discover the devices to begin the SNMP discovery process.
Built-In Remote Access
You can connect to a remote computer using a desktop app or establish a remote connection via a browser without having to install the MSP360 Connect app on the computer from which you need to connect.
Simply click the Connect icon next to the required computer and choose the preferred method of connection.
You can perform some actions on multiple computers in bulk. To do this, open the RMM Group Actions wizard on the RMM, Computers page, select the operating system, and then choose an action. The following actions are available for Windows devices:
- PowerShell script execution
- Install software
- Uninstall software
- Install Windows updates
- Windows update policy (New)
For macOS and Linux devices, only bash script execution is currently available.
Let's take the Windows update policy as an example. The next step is to select the computers to apply the action to. The following options are available:
- Apply to all computers
- Apply to all computers in selected companies
- Apply to selected computers only
There is also an additional option to exclude computers from the selection. Click on it if you don't want the action to be applied to some computers.
Once you have selected the action and computers/companies to apply the action to, you can configure the action.
For example, you can select update levels, their categories, and more.
In the next step, choose whether you want to run the action once or set a schedule for it.
If you select the Once option, the actions will run on all computers that are currently online. On other computers, the action will be performed as soon as they are online.
The last step is two-factor authentication. As soon as you enter the code, an action will be created and the summary will appear.
You can check the status of all scheduled tasks on the Group Action Tasks page and edit them if necessary.
Configuration of Global/Company Agent Options
You can configure global and company-specific agent options. This allows you to fine-tune how RMM works for different companies.
The global level settings that apply to all companies that don't have custom settings are located on the Global Agent Options page, Settings tab.
You can find company-level settings by clicking on the required company on the Companies page, Organization tab.
You can configure company-specific notification options on the Companies page, Organization tab – click on the required company, then choose RMM notifications, and configure customized settings for this company. Keep in mind that company-level settings take precedence over global ones.
MSP360 RMM service features the following alert types: CPU and memory usage, used disk space, Windows updates, antivirus issues, incorrect system time, lost connection with server, S.M.A.R.T issues, CPU critical temperature and software/hardware changes.
Not all alerts are available for macOS and Linux devices; some are only available for Windows computers.
Clicking the "Customize notification option" button takes you to a page where you can configure your notification options and set advanced predefined alerts. On this page you can:
- Define your own thresholds for generating alerts
- Exclude certain software and hardware from alerts
- Monitor disk space only where it’s crucial
- Get notified when connections to endpoints are restored
- Set alerts for SNMP devices
If you need to adjust global settings, click on the Settings tab in the top menu and select Notifications.
All alerts are saved on the RMM Alerts History page, Reporting tab.
To enable push notifications for a specific company:
- Navigate to the Organization tab in the upper menu and select Companies.
- Hover over the required company and click on it.
- Go to the RMM Notifications tab.
- Select Use Custom Options.
- Select the Push notifications check box, and specify the admin accounts that should receive the notifications for this company.
- Click on Customize notification options if you need to configure notification settings.
With Scheduled reports on the Reporting tab, you can configure and schedule automated reports to be distributed to specified email addresses. Each report can be exported in CSV format as well. Currently, the following reports are available:
Computer inventory report
The computer inventory report makes it possible to take inventory of the computers of the selected company and represent this information in HTML and CSV formats for further processing. It provides such information as platform type, computer manufacturer, processor and memory information, operating system, language settings, and time zone.
Software inventory report
The software inventory report enables you to collect information about all the software installed on the specified computers and get it in a structured way, in either HTML or CSV format.
Software details report
The software details report contains a detailed list of the software installed on the computers of the selected company.
Available/installed Windows updates reports
In the latest release, we've added two new reports that provide information about both available and installed Windows updates.
That’s it. If you have any questions regarding the MSP360 Remote Monitoring and Management service, feel free to contact our pre-sales team.