Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007
Topic Last Modified: 2007-01-29
To help ensure the availability and reliability of your Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 organization, you must actively monitor the physical platform, the operating system, and all important Exchange 2007 services. Preventive maintenance helps you identify potential errors before any one of these errors cause problems with the operation of your Exchange organization. Preventive maintenance combined with disaster recovery planning and regular backups help minimize problems if they occur.
Monitoring your Exchange organization involves checking for problems with connections, services, server resources, and system resources. You can also set alerts to notify administrators when problems occur. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Exchange 2007 provide you with many monitoring tools and services to help make sure that your Exchange organization is running smoothly. The key advantages to daily monitoring are as follows:
Meeting the performance requirements of your service level agreements (SLAs).
Completing successfully specific administrative tasks, such as daily backup operations, and checking server health.
Detecting and addressing issues, such as bottlenecks in the server performance or need for additional resources before they affect productivity.
Daily maintenance tasks help you establish criteria for what is normal for your organization and to detect any abnormal activity. It is important to implement these daily maintenance tasks so that you can capture and maintain data about your Exchange organization, such as usage levels, possible performance bottlenecks, and administrative changes. See the following topics for information about tasks that you should perform daily as a best practice:
- Performing Physical Environmental Checks
- Performing and Monitoring Backups
- Checking Disk Usage
- Checking the Event Viewer
- Monitoring Server Performance
- Monitoring Network Performance
To help organize your performance of daily tasks, see Daily Operations Checklist. To learn more about monitoring Exchange 2007, see Monitoring Exchange 2007 with Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 SP1.