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Monitoring Without System Center Operations Manager

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will reach end of support on April 11, 2017. To stay supported, you will need to upgrade. For more information, see Resources to help you upgrade your Office 2007 servers and clients.


Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP3

Ensuring that servers running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 are operating reliably is a key objective for daily messaging operations. Therefore, ensuring server reliability should be systematically approached based on the principles outlined in Microsoft Operations Framework. For more information about Microsoft Operations Framework, see Microsoft Operations Framework.

A significant aspect of Exchange 2007 daily operations is monitoring the health of the Exchange components to achieve the following goals:

  • Generate alerts when operational failures and performance problems are about to occur or do occur.

  • Represent the health state of servers and server roles.

  • Generate reports of operational health over time so that you can estimate future demands based on usage patterns and other performance data.

For administrators who do not use System Center Operations Manager to monitor their Exchange 2007 environment, a thorough understanding of the most important performance counters and their thresholds is critical to establishing a performance baseline and monitoring plan to proactively monitor your Exchange 2007 environment and troubleshoot and resolve issues when they arise.

The topics in this section provide guidance about the performance counters and thresholds that are most important for monitoring the health of your Exchange 2007 servers. Many aspects of this content were developed based on knowledge and experience gained by IT pros across many Exchange implementations. The information in this section can be used as a starting point for establishing a performance baseline for your Exchange servers and for tracking the health of your servers over time.

The performance counter information is divided into sections based on the counters that are common among all Exchange 2007 roles and by those that are specific to a particular Exchange 2007 server role. The topic areas are: