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Best practices monitoring

  1. #1


    JonathanL Guest

    Best practices monitoring

    Can anyone direct me to someplace that summarizes what items such as
    services, processes, components, etc. should be monitored in SBS 2003, SBS
    2008?

    I have installed monitoring software on some SBS servers and I want to set
    it up to be as efficient as possible for monitoring.

    Jonathan

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  2. #2


    Larry Struckmeyer [SBS-MVP] Guest

    Re: Best practices monitoring

    Hi:

    I think that if you pay attention to details of the Performance Report, the
    Usage Report, the SBS BPA reports, running/not running services, and your
    event logs, you should get a good start.

    --
    Larry
    Please post the resolution to your
    issue so that others may benefit.

    Get a Health Check for SBS at:
    www.sbsbpa.com


    "JonathanL" <JonathanL@newsgroup> wrote in message
    news:1F34EF40-1DE8-4695-AFEE-55080C2920B5@newsgroup

    > Can anyone direct me to someplace that summarizes what items such as
    > services, processes, components, etc. should be monitored in SBS 2003, SBS
    > 2008?
    >
    > I have installed monitoring software on some SBS servers and I want to set
    > it up to be as efficient as possible for monitoring.
    >
    > Jonathan

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  3. #3


    JonathanL Guest

    Re: Best practices monitoring

    Thank you but as I'm new to SBS, I was hoping that there was a best practices
    document somewhere that I could read that would have suggestions on this sort
    of this.

    What I didn't state in my original post is that I'm using an external
    monitoring service company and so I'm monitoring the SBS of mulitple
    customers through the console of the product of this service company. But I
    need to set up my parameters to tell the monitoring service what to track.
    There are some basic parameters already set up but they're for Windows Server
    in general and specific to SBS.

    That's why I was hoping to find some document that tells what should be
    monitored in SBS for me to translate to the monitoring service I'm using.

    Jonathan

    "Larry Struckmeyer [SBS-MVP]" wrote:

    > Hi:
    >
    > I think that if you pay attention to details of the Performance Report, the
    > Usage Report, the SBS BPA reports, running/not running services, and your
    > event logs, you should get a good start.
    >
    > --
    > Larry
    > Please post the resolution to your
    > issue so that others may benefit.
    >
    > Get a Health Check for SBS at:
    > www.sbsbpa.com
    >
    >
    > "JonathanL" <JonathanL@newsgroup> wrote in message
    > news:1F34EF40-1DE8-4695-AFEE-55080C2920B5@newsgroup

    > > Can anyone direct me to someplace that summarizes what items such as
    > > services, processes, components, etc. should be monitored in SBS 2003, SBS
    > > 2008?
    > >
    > > I have installed monitoring software on some SBS servers and I want to set
    > > it up to be as efficient as possible for monitoring.
    > >
    > > Jonathan
    >
    >

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  4. #4


    Robbin Meng [MSFT] Guest

    Re: Best practices monitoring


    Hello Jonathan,

    Thanks for your post and Larry's input.

    I agree with Larry that you may start with Monitoring and Reporting in SBS 2008. If necessary, based on your needs, you can customize the services, server event logs, and
    performance counters that generate alerts by using the Windows SBS Console. For more information please refer to below TechNet articles:

    Monitoring and Reporting in Windows Small Business Server 2008
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...63(WS.10).aspx

    Hope this helps. Also, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.


    Best regards,
    Robbin Meng(MSFT)
    Microsoft Online Newsgroup Support

    ==================================================================
    Please post your SBS 2008 related questions to the SBS newsgroup on Connect website:
    https://connect.microsoft.com/sbs08/...i/default.aspx

    Please post your EBS related questions to the EBS newsgroup on Connect website:
    https://connect.microsoft.com/ebs08/...i/default.aspx

    If you want to use a newsreader other than a web forum to access these newsgroups,
    please refer to the following blog to apply NNTP password and configure a newsreader:
    http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/arch...ewsgroups.aspx
    ==================================================================
    When responding to posts, please "Reply to Group" via your newsreader so
    that others may learn and benefit from your issue.
    ==================================================================
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    ==================================================================




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  5. #5


    JonathanL Guest

    Re: Best practices monitoring

    Thank you. In looking at some of the material, it may contain the information
    I need. However, most of the information concerns how to set up and manage
    monitoring in SBS 2008 whereas I'm looking just for the suggested items to be
    monitored on a SBS 2008 server in an external monitoring system and not on
    the server itself within SBS 2008.

    Jonathan

    ""Robbin Meng [MSFT]"" wrote:

    >
    > Hello Jonathan,
    >
    > Thanks for your post and Larry's input.
    >
    > I agree with Larry that you may start with Monitoring and Reporting in SBS 2008. If necessary, based on your needs, you can customize the services, server event logs, and
    > performance counters that generate alerts by using the Windows SBS Console. For more information please refer to below TechNet articles:
    >
    > Monitoring and Reporting in Windows Small Business Server 2008
    > http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...63(WS.10).aspx
    >
    > Hope this helps. Also, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.
    >
    >
    > Best regards,
    > Robbin Meng(MSFT)
    > Microsoft Online Newsgroup Support
    >
    > ==================================================================
    > Please post your SBS 2008 related questions to the SBS newsgroup on Connect website:
    > https://connect.microsoft.com/sbs08/...i/default.aspx
    >
    > Please post your EBS related questions to the EBS newsgroup on Connect website:
    > https://connect.microsoft.com/ebs08/...i/default.aspx
    >
    > If you want to use a newsreader other than a web forum to access these newsgroups,
    > please refer to the following blog to apply NNTP password and configure a newsreader:
    > http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/arch...ewsgroups.aspx
    > ==================================================================
    > When responding to posts, please "Reply to Group" via your newsreader so
    > that others may learn and benefit from your issue.
    > ==================================================================
    > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    > ==================================================================
    >
    >
    >
    >

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  6. #6


    Larry Struckmeyer [SBS-MVP] Guest

    Re: Best practices monitoring

    Jonathan:

    What I think we are trying to convey is that the very things that SBS
    monitoring and reporting are telling you, along with some additional things
    that you can glean from the other references I mentioned, *are* the things
    that should be monitored.

    If your third party software will monitor more, then you probably should
    allow it to monitor as much as it will, give you all the reports it will
    give you, and seek the counsel of the purveyors and users of that software.
    You can always turn off the items that seem to be unnecessary, but for the
    purposes of impressing the business owners of the companies whose servers
    you are monitoring, perhaps the more you can show them on the reports the
    more you can impress them.

    --
    Larry
    Please post the resolution to your
    issue so that others may benefit.

    Get a Health Check for SBS at:
    www.sbsbpa.com


    "JonathanL" <JonathanL@newsgroup> wrote in message
    news:123A2C60-120D-44EE-8AED-6D09F84DDE33@newsgroup

    > Thank you. In looking at some of the material, it may contain the
    > information
    > I need. However, most of the information concerns how to set up and manage
    > monitoring in SBS 2008 whereas I'm looking just for the suggested items to
    > be
    > monitored on a SBS 2008 server in an external monitoring system and not on
    > the server itself within SBS 2008.
    >
    > Jonathan
    >
    > ""Robbin Meng [MSFT]"" wrote:
    >

    >>
    >> Hello Jonathan,
    >>
    >> Thanks for your post and Larry's input.
    >>
    >> I agree with Larry that you may start with Monitoring and Reporting in
    >> SBS 2008. If necessary, based on your needs, you can customize the
    >> services, server event logs, and
    >> performance counters that generate alerts by using the Windows SBS
    >> Console. For more information please refer to below TechNet articles:
    >>
    >> Monitoring and Reporting in Windows Small Business Server 2008
    >> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...63(WS.10).aspx
    >>
    >> Hope this helps. Also, if you have any questions or concerns, please do
    >> not hesitate to let me know.
    >>
    >>
    >> Best regards,
    >> Robbin Meng(MSFT)
    >> Microsoft Online Newsgroup Support
    >>
    >> ==================================================================
    >> Please post your SBS 2008 related questions to the SBS newsgroup on
    >> Connect website:
    >> https://connect.microsoft.com/sbs08/...i/default.aspx
    >>
    >> Please post your EBS related questions to the EBS newsgroup on Connect
    >> website:
    >> https://connect.microsoft.com/ebs08/...i/default.aspx
    >>
    >> If you want to use a newsreader other than a web forum to access these
    >> newsgroups,
    >> please refer to the following blog to apply NNTP password and configure a
    >> newsreader:
    >> http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/arch...ewsgroups.aspx
    >> ==================================================================
    >> When responding to posts, please "Reply to Group" via your newsreader so
    >> that others may learn and benefit from your issue.
    >> ==================================================================
    >> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    >> rights.
    >> ==================================================================
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>

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  7. #7


    Robbin Meng [MSFT] Guest

    Re: Best practices monitoring



    Hi Jonathan,

    Thanks for your feedback. You are welcome.

    If you would like to ask for some advice, yes, you may refer to the monitoring contents of SBS 2008 Performance Report and Usage Report, as well as SBS BPA reports. They
    may give you some information about the suggested items to be monitored.

    Hope it helps.


    Best regards,
    Robbin Meng(MSFT)
    Microsoft Online Newsgroup Support



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    JonathanL Guest

    Re: Best practices monitoring

    Thank you Larry, I wasn't sure if that was what was meant or not and I didn't
    want to assume it was. Thank you for your clarification. I really do
    appreciate the help. Now to get on with the task!

    Jonathan

    p.s. I don't know who I would report this to, but I am not getting any email
    notifications of replies. In every post, I've checked the box at the bottom
    "Notify me of replies" but none so far. And the email address I'm using for
    getting on here receives email all day long.

    "Larry Struckmeyer [SBS-MVP]" wrote:

    > Jonathan:
    >
    > What I think we are trying to convey is that the very things that SBS
    > monitoring and reporting are telling you, along with some additional things
    > that you can glean from the other references I mentioned, *are* the things
    > that should be monitored.
    >
    > If your third party software will monitor more, then you probably should
    > allow it to monitor as much as it will, give you all the reports it will
    > give you, and seek the counsel of the purveyors and users of that software.
    > You can always turn off the items that seem to be unnecessary, but for the
    > purposes of impressing the business owners of the companies whose servers
    > you are monitoring, perhaps the more you can show them on the reports the
    > more you can impress them.
    >
    > --
    > Larry
    > Please post the resolution to your
    > issue so that others may benefit.
    >
    > Get a Health Check for SBS at:
    > www.sbsbpa.com
    >
    >
    > "JonathanL" <JonathanL@newsgroup> wrote in message
    > news:123A2C60-120D-44EE-8AED-6D09F84DDE33@newsgroup

    > > Thank you. In looking at some of the material, it may contain the
    > > information
    > > I need. However, most of the information concerns how to set up and manage
    > > monitoring in SBS 2008 whereas I'm looking just for the suggested items to
    > > be
    > > monitored on a SBS 2008 server in an external monitoring system and not on
    > > the server itself within SBS 2008.
    > >
    > > Jonathan
    > >
    > > ""Robbin Meng [MSFT]"" wrote:
    > >

    > >>
    > >> Hello Jonathan,
    > >>
    > >> Thanks for your post and Larry's input.
    > >>
    > >> I agree with Larry that you may start with Monitoring and Reporting in
    > >> SBS 2008. If necessary, based on your needs, you can customize the
    > >> services, server event logs, and
    > >> performance counters that generate alerts by using the Windows SBS
    > >> Console. For more information please refer to below TechNet articles:
    > >>
    > >> Monitoring and Reporting in Windows Small Business Server 2008
    > >> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...63(WS.10).aspx
    > >>
    > >> Hope this helps. Also, if you have any questions or concerns, please do
    > >> not hesitate to let me know.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Best regards,
    > >> Robbin Meng(MSFT)
    > >> Microsoft Online Newsgroup Support
    > >>
    > >> ==================================================================
    > >> Please post your SBS 2008 related questions to the SBS newsgroup on
    > >> Connect website:
    > >> https://connect.microsoft.com/sbs08/...i/default.aspx
    > >>
    > >> Please post your EBS related questions to the EBS newsgroup on Connect
    > >> website:
    > >> https://connect.microsoft.com/ebs08/...i/default.aspx
    > >>
    > >> If you want to use a newsreader other than a web forum to access these
    > >> newsgroups,
    > >> please refer to the following blog to apply NNTP password and configure a
    > >> newsreader:
    > >> http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/arch...ewsgroups.aspx
    > >> ==================================================================
    > >> When responding to posts, please "Reply to Group" via your newsreader so
    > >> that others may learn and benefit from your issue.
    > >> ==================================================================
    > >> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    > >> rights.
    > >> ==================================================================
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    >
    >

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  9. #9


    JonathanL Guest

    Re: Best practices monitoring

    As with Larry, thank you very much Robbin for your help. It is -much-
    appreciated!

    Jonathan

    ""Robbin Meng [MSFT]"" wrote:

    >
    >
    > Hi Jonathan,
    >
    > Thanks for your feedback. You are welcome.
    >
    > If you would like to ask for some advice, yes, you may refer to the monitoring contents of SBS 2008 Performance Report and Usage Report, as well as SBS BPA reports. They
    > may give you some information about the suggested items to be monitored.
    >
    > Hope it helps.
    >
    >
    > Best regards,
    > Robbin Meng(MSFT)
    > Microsoft Online Newsgroup Support
    >
    >
    >

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  10. #10


    Robbin Meng [MSFT] Guest

    Re: Best practices monitoring


    Hi Jonathan,

    You are welcome. It's my pleasure to be of assistance.

    Regarding the email notifications, if you click on the "Notify me of replies", it will turn to "Notification enabled". Then any update will send you a notification email. If not received,
    please go to "Edit my profile" , usually at the top of the webpage , check if your profile information are correct including the email address you used for notification.

    Thank you for your time.


    Best regards,
    Robbin Meng(MSFT)
    Microsoft Online Newsgroup Support



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