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Configure Exchange 2007 SP1 Monitoring and Data Collection

In this section you install and configure Microsoft Exchange 2007 SP1 monitoring and data collection.

  1. Install the Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack

  2. Create Test Mailboxes for OWA, ActiveSync, and Exchange Web Services Connectivity Monitoring

  3. Install Monitoring Agents on each Exchange 2007 Server

  4. Add the OMAdmin User Account as a Member of the MPSExchangeAccts Group

  5. Install the Exchange Data Collection Application

Install the Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack into Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007.

Procedure W03-DWHE.104: To install the Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack on OMMGR01

  1. Log on to OMMGR01 as Fabrikam\OMAdmin.

  2. Install the following Management Pack:

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

  3. Run Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 System Center Operations Manager 2007 MP.msi, from the location to which you downloaded in the previous procedure. This will extract the management pack files into the C:\Program Files\System Center Management Packs\Windows Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 directory.

  4. Using the System Center Operations Manager console, import the Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack from the C:\Program Files\System Center Management Packs\Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 directory.

The Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack uses cmdlets to test Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access (OWA), Microsoft ActiveSync, and Exchange Web Services connectivity from Client Access servers to Mailbox servers. These cmdlets require that a test mailbox be created on each Exchange 2007 SP1 Mailbox server that is to be tested. In this procedure you create test mailboxes for OWA, ActiveSync, and Exchange Web Services connectivity monitoring by using the Exchange Management Shell to run the New-TestCasConnectivityUser.ps1 script. The appropriate mailbox is created on each Mailbox server by piping in the results of get-mailboxServer.

Procedure W03-DWHE.105: To create a test mailbox for OWA, ActiveSync, and Exchange Web Services connectivity monitoring

  1. On EXMBX01-NODE1, open the Exchange Management Shell and change directory to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\Scripts folder.

  2. Run the following command:

    get-mailboxServer | .\new-TestCasConnectivityUser.ps1
    
  3. Follow the on-screen installation instructions to complete the creation of the test mailboxes.

Procedure W03-DWHE.106: To install Monitoring agents on each Exchange 2007 server

  1. Manually add the OMAction account to the local Administrators group on each Exchange server.

  2. On OMMGR01, run the System Center Operations Console, and then navigate to Automatic Computer Discovery.

  3. Specify Fabrikam\Administrator as the administrator account.

  4. Select the Exchange servers you want to manage (and have the monitoring agent installed on).

  5. At the Summary / Agent Action Account screen, accept the default agent installation directory. Specify Local System as the Agent Action account.

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    A warning message for Hub Transport may appear because the Edge sync service is not running. The warning message is expected and it is safe to continue with the installation.

Add the OMAdmin user account as a member of the MPSExchangeAccts group in Active Directory directory service. The OMAdmin account is used to gather data from Exchange, and membership in the MPSExchangeAccts group grants this access.

Procedure W03-DWHE.107: To add the OMAdmin user account as a member of the MPSExchangeAccts group

  1. On AD01, open the Active Directory Users and Computers and expand your domain.

  2. Add OMAdmin to the MPSExchangeAccts group.

The Exchange data collection tool is an executable program (Exchange Data Collection) that you install on EXMBXOAB01. You need to install the tool, modify its ExchangeServerNames.xml config file, and then create a scheduled task to run the tool.

Procedure W03-DWHE.108: To install the Exchange data collection application

  1. On EXMBXOAB01, from the solution installation media \Monitoring and Reporting\ directory, run Exchdatasetup.msi.

  2. Accept the default installation folder and perform the installation for Everyone.

Procedure W03-DWHE.109: To modify the ExchangeServerNames.xml file

  1. On EXMBXOAB01, in Microsoft Windows Explorer, navigate to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hosting\Reporting\Exchange Data Collection folder.

  2. Edit the ExchangeServerNames.xml file. Add a line for each Exchange mailbox server in your deployment. For clusters, include an entry for the virtual server name. Two examples would be:

    <Server>EXMBXOAB01</Server> 
    <Server>EXCLUS01</Server>
    
  3. Save the file.

Procedure W03-DWHE.110: To create a scheduled task to run the data collection application

  1. Log on to EXMBXOAB01.

  2. Create a Scheduled Task with the following options:

    • Schedule: Daily at 1:15 AM

    • Command line: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hosting\Reporting\Exchange Data Collection" -d PWDB40 -s OMSQL01

    • Account to execute as: Fabrikam\OMAdmin

Procedure W03-DWHE.111: To add the OMAdminAccts group to the Local Administrators group on each Exchange server

  1. On each Exchange server, open the Computer Management console.

  2. Add OMAdminAccts to the local Administrators group.

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