Thursday, April 7, 2011

Updated MP: Exchange Server 2010 Monitoring

Yesterday Microsoft released the updated Exchange Server 2010 Monitoring MP, version 14.02.0071.0.

New features & updates in this MP:

  • Capacity planning and performance reports  
    New reports dig deep into the performance of individual servers and provide detailed information about how much capacity is used in each site.

  • SMTP and remote PowerShell availability report   
    The management pack now includes two new availability reports for SMTP client connections and management end points.

  • New Test-SMTPConnectivity synthetic transaction   
    In addition to the inbound mail connectivity tasks for protocols such as Outlook Web App, Outlook, IMAP, POP, and Exchange ActiveSync, the Management Pack now includes SMTP-connectivity monitoring for outbound mail from IMAP and POP clients.

  • New Test-ECPConnectivity view   
    Views for the Exchange Control Panel test task are now included in the monitoring tree.

  • Cross-premises mail flow monitoring and reporting   
    The Management Pack includes new mail flow monitoring and reporting capabilities for customers who use our hosted service.

  • Improved Content Indexing and Mailbox Disk Space monitoring   
    New scripts have been created to better monitor context indexing and mailbox disk space. These new scripts enable automatic repair of indexes and more accurately report of disk space issues.

  • The ability to disable Automatic Alert Resolution
    In environments that include OpsMgr connectors   When you disable Automatic Alert Resolution, the Correlation Engine won't automatically resolve alerts. This lets you use your support ticketing system to manage your environment.

Other updates and improvements were also added to this version of the Management Pack, including the following:

  • Suppression of alerts when the alerts only occur occasionally was added to many monitors.
  • Most of the event monitors in the Exchange 2010 Management Pack are automatically reset by the Correlation Engine. Automatic reset was added to those event monitors so that issues aren't missed the next time they occur.
  • Monitoring was added for processes that crash repeatedly.
  • Additional performance monitoring was added for Outlook Web App.
  • Monitoring of Active Directory access was improved.
  • Monitoring of anonymous calendar sharing was added.
  • Reliability of database offline alerts was improved.
  • Monitoring for the database engine (ESE) was added.

Kevin Holman also blogged about it, his posting is to be found here. MP to be downloaded from here.

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