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Introduction to Monitoring Message Queuing

Updated: June 25, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Provides information about who should use this Monitoring Message Queuing guide, how it is organized, and when to use it.

This guide explains how to monitor Message Queuing. These administration activities are part of the operations phase of the information technology (IT) life cycle. If you are not familiar with this guide, review the following sections of this introduction.

Use this guide when:

  • You need to monitor the Message Queuing performance to address possible performance related issues or to maximize performance.

  • You need to test the ability to send messages between computers that are running Message Queuing.

This guide assumes a basic understanding of what Message Queuing is, how it works, and why your organization uses it to create distributed messaging applications for Microsoft Windows operating systems. It also assumes a thorough understanding of how Message Queuing is deployed and managed in your organization. This includes an understanding of the mechanism that your organization uses to configure and manage Message Queuing settings.

This guide can be used by organizations that have deployed Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It includes information that is relevant to different roles in an IT organization, including IT operations managers, administrators, and operators. This information includes management-level information about Message Queuing and administrator-level information about the IT processes that are required to operate it.

This guide contains detailed procedures that are designed for operators (or designated users) who have varied levels of expertise and experience. Although the procedures provide operator guidance from start to finish, operators must have a basic proficiency with Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and MMC snap-ins. Operators must also know how to start administrative programs and access the command line. If operators are not familiar with Message Queuing, it might be necessary for IT planners, managers, or administrators to review the relevant operations in this guide and provide the operators with the parameters or data that they must enter when they perform the operations.

This guide includes the following types of topics:

  • Objectives are high-level goals for administering Message Queuing. Each objective consists of one or more tasks or procedures that describe how the objective is accomplished. In this guide, Monitoring and Testing Message Queuing is an example of an objective.

  • Procedures provide step-by-step instructions for completing tasks or objectives. In this guide, View Message Queuing Events is an example of a procedure topic.

If you are an IT manager who is delegating tasks to operators in your organization:

  • Read through the objectives and tasks to determine how to delegate permissions.

  • Determine whether you need to install tools before operators perform the procedures for each task. Before you assign tasks to individual operators, ensure that all the tools are installed where operators can use them.

  • When necessary, create “tear sheets” for each task that operators perform in your organization. Cut and paste the task and its related procedures into a separate document. Then, you can either print this document or store it online.

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