Effective use of monitoring tools demands an understanding of monitoring requirements which system administrators most often lack. In this paper, we propose to replace today's ad-hoc, manual, intuition-based approach with a more systematic, automated, and analytics-based approach for system monitoring. We propose an adaptive monitoring framework where end-to-end probing-based solutions are used to adapt the at-a-point monitoring tools. We present a systematic framework to use probes for adjusting monitoring levels and demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed solution using real-world examples as well as simulations. © 2012 IFIP.