Besides the natively available Exchange server sensors in PRTG, are there even more possibilities to monitor Exchange databases, mailboxes, etc.?
This article applies to PRTG Network Monitor 188.8.131.527/2338 or later
Exchange Server Monitoring
PRTG already comes with various built-in sensors for Exchange server monitoring. You can monitor information about queue, delivery time, latency, users, etc. via WMI, as well as information about transport queue as shown in Windows System Monitor (perfmon).
There are also sensors available which monitor Exchange servers via Remote PowerShell (currently available in the Preview channel). PRTG can show you several states of Exchange databases like size, mounted status, validness, and the status of database backups. Additionally, you can monitor mailboxes and public folders of Exchange servers, for example, size and number of items. PRTG uses PowerShell to monitor mail queues, too.
Additional Custom Sensors for Exchange Server Monitoring
You as an experienced administrator appreciate the possibility to customize monitoring to your needs. Often, PRTG customers make use of self-written scripts for custom sensors in order to make monitoring with PRTG even more detailed. The same holds for Exchange monitoring: We would like to present two sources where PRTG users provide custom sensors regarding this topic.
Note: Both pages given below are only available in German.
MSXFAQ, a page for Exchange administrators, lists some very useful custom sensors for Exchange Server monitoring. They are a great extension to those sensors provided by PRTG:
- Transaction Logs: PRTG ExDBLog monitors transaction logs of all available databases.
- Database Size EDB: PRTG ExMetric monitors all databases of the whole organization and returns size and users per database as single channels.
- ActiveSync Data: PRTG ExMetric can additionally monitor users per ActiveSync and how many devices access a server via ActiveSync
- Active Users: ExCASUser reads out performance counters for RPC, OWA, and EAS users of CAS servers.
Please see this page on MSXFAQ for further PRTG utilization.
Franky‘s Web, a page about Exchange and Active Directory, provides further PRTG utilizations for Exchange monitoring. There is a script available for monitoring the status of Exchange databases. In addition, a script is given that checks if an email was successfully delivered to a target mailbox.
Please see Exchange 2010 Monitoring via PRTG on Franky’s Web.
Hey Guys, do you have any good sites like above that are in english ?
Maybe the charged web site of Experts Exchange but regarding the two German web sites above, I would try to translate the web site using a browser plug-in. Maybe this helps to get the most important information out of the web sites.