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Learn these Windows Server 2012 Essentials system health tips

Administrators using the Windows Server Essentials role can set up monitoring alerts for system health, which gives info on incomplete backups and much more.

Small and midsize businesses may choose Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials for their server management platform. One of the things administrators need from the server product is solid monitoring and reporting functions. Beyond that, administrators may need alerting for when something goes wrong, like an outage or slowness. Here are three quick answers to help explain Windows Server 2012 Essentials system health.

How do you find system health reports?

The system health reporting capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials help administrators keep on top of potential issues like incomplete backups or patches. When the Windows Server Essentials role is installed on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter deployment, a health report displays the health of the server and every workstation connected to it.

How do I address system health alerts?

System health in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials can trigger alerts via email. IT personnel have four options when responding to system health alerts: they can resolve it, ignore it, enable the alert or disable the alert. One time an administrator might opt to ignore the alert is when the alert is noncritical in nature.

What kind of alerts does system health provide?

The system health feature provides critical alerts and warnings, but what for? There is a diverse range of email alerts administrators can get, from event logs to backup failures. Email alerts can result from unexpected shutdowns, expired evaluation periods and certificate issues. It can also point users to backup storage problems like low space or Exchange Server problems.

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This was last published in March 2015

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