Monitor the existing load on the Remote Access server
Updated: August 10, 2012
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012
Note: Windows Server 2012 combines DirectAccess and Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) into a single Remote Access role.
The term Load refers to the statistics that relate to the number of connections on the Remote Access server. Following are the steps required to track the load on the Remote Access server.
You can use the monitoring dashboard that is available in the management console on the Remote Access server to view the load statistics for the server, or you can use Performance Monitor counters to track the statistics.
You must be signed in as a member of the Domain Admins group or a member of the Administrators group on each computer to complete the tasks described in this topic. If you cannot complete a task while you are signed in with an account that is a member of the Administrators group, try performing the task while you are signed in with an account that is a member of the Domain Admins group.
To use the monitoring dashboard to monitor the Remote Access server load
In Server Manager, click Tools, and then click Remote Access Management.
Click DASHBOARD to navigate to Remote Access Dashboard in the Remote Access Management Console.
On the monitoring dashboard, notice the Remote Client Status tile within the Server Status tile. This tile lists statistics such as the total number of remote clients that are connected, the total number of DirectAccess clients that are connected, and the maximum number of users who connected in last 24 hours.
You can click Refresh under Tasks in the right pane to reload the health status. To change the default refresh interval, click Configure Refresh Interval under Tasks.
To use the Performance Monitor tool to monitor performance counters on the Remote Access server
Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Performance Monitor.
Under Performance, click Performance Monitor.
Click the Add button (denoted by a green cross icon) in the Performance Monitor toolbar.
From the list of Available Counters, select all the counters in the RAS and RAmgmtsvc categories, and then click Add>>.
Again, from the list of Available Counters, select all the counters in the IPsec Connections category, and then click Add>>.
Click OK to add the selected counters in the Performance Monitor console for tracking.
Performance Monitor will now graphically show the selected server load statistics.
Windows PowerShell equivalent commands
The following Windows PowerShell cmdlet or cmdlets perform the same function as the preceding procedure. Enter each cmdlet on a single line, even though they may appear word-wrapped across several lines here because of formatting constraints.