Monitor farms in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013

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Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2016-12-16

Summary: Learn what to monitor in a SharePoint farm, how to monitor SharePoint 2013 farms, and how to monitor multiple farms.

Administrators develop a monitoring strategy for SharePoint 2013 to detect security issues and to keep performance at acceptable levels. You can monitor all components of the farm, such as servers, databases, sites and site collections, and service applications. You can use this information to monitor one or more farms.

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You can monitor a SharePoint farm at three different levels: server, site and site collection, and service application. Each level has specific monitoring requirements. To monitor the farm, you must monitor all three levels.

  • The server level

    The server level contains all of the servers, such as web servers, application servers, and database servers, that comprise the SharePoint farm.

  • The site and site collection level

    The site and site collection level contains all sites and site collections in the farm.

  • The service application level

    The service application level contains all service applications that are contained in, or used by, the farm.

You can monitor a SharePoint farm by using the following:

A large SharePoint deployment may have more than one farm. In this case, you can use Operations Manager and System Center Management Pack for SharePoint Server 2013 to monitor multiple farms. For more information, see SharePoint 2010 Multi-Farm Monitoring. This information for SharePoint 2010 also applies to SharePoint 2013.