Exchange Monitoring

Exchange monitoring monitors Exchange Server availability and performance for different types of systems, helps users to find and detect errors affecting the work of Microsoft Exchange servers on virtual or physical servers. The collected information allows correct solutions in Exchange Server system optimization and upgrade.

With the help of Exchange monitoring tools the following processes can be run:

    • Exchange Server back up.Exchange Server back up control helps to monitor if the backup was correctly made and can be restored in the Exchange system in case of failure. Performing Exchange Server backup is a complex process which needs to be run on a special dedicated server to perform data restoring.Monitoring of this process allows to detect backup errors in advance and avoid data non-recovery issues.
    • checking of system event logs. Checking ┬ásystem logs is not an easy task if you monitor hundreds of Exchange servers on the network. Using Exchange monitoring tools ( such as , IPHost Network Monitor , Nagios or Solaris) allows setting automatic monitoring of critical events and a notification system in case of their appearance.
    • disk system monitoring. If there is no free space on your disk , it can lead to Exchange servers failure. Exchange monitoring lets you control the availability of free disk space and the system won’t stop due to the insufficiency of free space.
    • equipment availability control
    • checking of queues. If there are too many messages in the mail queue of Exchange server, the mail delivery process can be delayed for a long period of time, which is an indication of abnormal system operation. Monitoring of mail queue will help to timely identify the problem and notify customers about the issue.
    • checking of non-delivery receipts (NDR)NDRs come all the time. Jumps in the number of NDRs usually point to there being a problem, for instance, such as a DDoS attack or infinite looping in mail sending. Tracing departures of the NDR number from the norm can be performed by the monitoring tool.
    • checking for timely update of antivirus bases
Solaris Exchange Server Monitoring

Screenshort 1 – Solaris Exchange Server Monitoring

In general basic monitoring tools ( like Nagios or Solaris) provide complete monitoring of Microsoft Exchange mail servers – including server availability, protocol availability, and server statistics.

Nagios Exchange Server Monitoring

Screenshort 1 – Nagios Exchange Server Monitoring

Such monitoring tools also give details on database copy status, failover alerts, database file size, mailboxes processed/second,replication status/alerts, RPC requests & latency, connection count, DAG details, database cache size, and other performance metrics, such as storage I/O.

Moreover, exchange monitoring tools send instant setup alerts to notify end-users how to reduce their mailbox size with mailbox details like number and size of attachments. This automation can save several hours for administrators and leave the responsibility of size reduction on the user.

Exchange server monitoring benefits:

  • Increased server, services, and application availability
  • Fast detection of network outages and protocol failures
  • Fast detection of email server failures and delays

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