RE: Monitoring Exchange 2003 with SNMP

  • From: "Lara, Greg" <GLara@xxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 10:46:37 -0400

Unless I'm mistaken, his question was how to monitor using SNMP. You know,
the nearly universal standard used by thousands of manufacturers, designed
to provide a uniform method of monitoring disparate systems and platforms?
 
Oh, sorry, this is a Microsoft product we're talking about. Never mind.
 

Greg Lara


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From: Leon Beijert [mailto:webmaster@xxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 10:26 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Monitoring Exchange 2003 with SNMP


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Where to start monitoring

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Status-Monitoring.html

In the first step we have to configure a Server for monitoring and
select/configure the resources to monitor. To do so, open the Exchange
System Manager SnapIn and select the appropriate Server object in the
Servers container.

There are many Resources available for monitoring. You can add the following
Resources:

*         Available Virtual Memory 

*         CPU Utilization 

*         Free disk space 

*         SMTP queue growth 

*         Windows 2003 Service 

*         X.400 queue growth


 Select the Resources to Monitor

For many Services you can change the state to "Critical" and "Warning" when
the service is not running.

In large environments you can define E-Mail notifications for the 1st level
support staff for services which are in "Warning" state and define E-Mail
notifications for 2nd level support staff when the services are in
"Critical" state.


 Change the state for the selected services

It is a good idea to configure the monitoring of the available disk space
for your hard discs where your Exchange databases and transaction logs
reside.

 Monitor the available disk space

In the Status container in Exchange System Manager you can see the Status of
all your Servers and Connectors in your Exchange organization.


 The Exchange Status container in ESM

The next step is to configure an E-Mail notification for the recipients of
the "Warning" and "Critical" state conditions.

 


Fig. 6: Configure the E-Mail notification

In this Property dialog box you can specify the monitoring Server and the
Servers / Connectors to monitor. You also have to select the State (Critical
and warning) for which you configure E-Mail notification.

In the "To" field select a recipient for the notifications.

In the "E-Mail Server" field you have to specify the E-Mail Sever for
sending the notifications. 

WARNING: When the monitored Server is the same Server as the monitoring
Server you can run into trouble because which Server can send you an E-Mail
notification when it is in an critical state and is unable to send E-Mails.

In large environments I recommend creating a dedicated monitoring Server
only for monitoring purposes. 

You should also have a look at the Microsoft Operation Manager (MOM).

 Configure the E-Mail notification properties

For scheduled maintenance you must "disable monitoring of this server"
because a server which is shut down can produce unwanted E-Mail
notifications that, for example, some services are down and so on.

 Disable Monitoring of this Server

When one or more of the configured resources run into a "Critical" or
"Warning" state you receive a E-Mail from an account "WMI@SERVERNAME" with a
error message with the server name in the subject line and the condition of
the resource / service in the E-Mail body.

 A Warning E-Mail about a "Critical state" for a monitored server 


Conclusion


I recommend you always monitor your Exchange environment for connector
status, service status and everything else which is mission critical for
your business. 

 

Best Regards,

Ventech Engineering BV

 

Leon Beijert

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-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
Van: Mun Fai [mailto:munfai@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Verzonden: woensdag 7 juli 2004 13:45
Aan: [ExchangeList]
Onderwerp: [exchangelist] Monitoring Exchange 2003 with SNMP

 

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Hi All,

 

Anyone know of how I can use SNMP to monitor Exchange 2003?

 

 

Regards,

Lee

 

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