An activity monitor can prove useful to your laptop and/or desktop especially if you are doing backup and/or restore. A good backup and restore application is called NetBackup and it is handy at doing this sort of thing. Backup and restore activity purposes can be monitored using an activity monitor. It is available in both UNIX type and Windows operating systems. What it does is it lists all jobs and processes that are tracked by NetBackup, whether its status is queued, active or finished. By using the activity monitor you can even cancel individual or running jobs.
All information you need to see and know can be found within the GUI. Its friendly user interface itself will not give you a hard time locating the information that you are looking for. Every specific information is captured and displayed in full detail to you. The activity monitor has a whole other set of features for monitoring daemons, services and processes. Apart from having the capability to display their status, it also lets you be able to kill any of them, start or stop. A report feature is also available, so you can get a good idea of the status backup and restoration as well as all jobs and services linked to it.