Before we begin to understand the basics of exchange server monitoring, let us first define what an exchange server is. An exchange server is part of the Microsoft server's line of products, which is used to collaborate emails, contacts, and calendars for business or personal communications. It allows you to store up data for your Microsoft outlook mailbox and retrieve all the data by accessing it using different types of smart phones, iPads or through a web browser, which is in sync to your exchange server account.
What can an exchange server do for you and your business?
Using the exchange server, allows you to travel or go out of town without missing important e-mail or sending important information to someone in your business. The advance feature of an exchange server, allows you to access your Outlook on any web browser even though it was not installed on the computer or mobile phone you are using. You can do that by using Outlook Web Access.
For your business, not only can you have access to all your e-mails, but you will also have access to your meeting schedules, notes that you have posted, and the entire calendar using Outlook. You can access it through any mobile gadget that can connect to the internet.
How can you monitor your exchange server?
Monitoring your exchange server allows you to ensure that your exchange servers are running smoothly. To do that, you can start by monitoring the critical processes and services. You can look to counter to see the performance and load, but that will not ensure the availability of your exchange server. You need to find a good monitoring system that guides you how to ensure your exchange availability. Sometimes there are more ways to monitor and exchange server by using a third party tool. Dotcom Monitor (click here to visit their site) has a suite that can help people to keep tabs on their exchange servers. New Relic also has some tools for monitoring servers that people may find useful.
You can monitor other things such as verifying your mobile phone and other gadgets that are in sync with your exchange server. You could determine the number of users in the exchange and the time the users spend on their requests. You can monitor delivered messages and monitor them if there were a problem in your server using LDAF searches timeout.
The most vital things to monitor in your exchange server is the remaining virtual memory, what's the percentage of server CPU's is in use, how much disc space is left, SMTF and XL400-queue growth, and the windows service monitor. If you're looking to visit one of the solutions mention in this article, you can find New Relic at www.NewRelic.com, and Dotcom Monitor at dotcom-monitor.com/microsoft-exchange-server-monitoring.aspx. Again, there are other solutions on the market, but these are some of the options.