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Exchange Server 2007 performance monitoring primer

Performance Monitor counters are cost-effective alternatives for manually managing Exchange servers. Learn about the threshold values of a range of Performance Monitors and how to configure different counters and alerts.

Exchange Server Performance Monitor counters are a lower-cost alternative to Microsoft System Center Operations Manager.

This tutorial gives you the steps to configure Performance Monitor counters and alerts. You’ll also get descriptions and threshold values for various counters as well as instructions on how to use Performance Monitor counters to track domain controller communication and measure Exchange server mailbox health.


Configuring Performance Monitor alerts for Exchange Server 2007
Using System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to monitor your Exchange Server 2007 performance can get expensive. Learn how to set Performance Monitor to alert you when you exceed counter threshold values .

Scheduling multiple Performance Monitor alerts
Include multiple counters within a single alert so you don’t have to configure separate alerts for each Performance Monitor counter you’re observing. Find out how in this tip.

Three counters for alert-based monitoring
Just because you can generate threshold value alerts for Performance Monitor counters in Exchange Server 2007, doesn't mean you should. Here are three Performance Monitor counters that should generate automatic alerts.

Track domain controller communication with Performance Monitor counters
Performance Monitor counters are an effective way to measure Exchange Server's health. See which Performance Monitor counters you should watch to make sure Exchange Servers effectively communicate with domain controllers.

Monitoring Exchange 2007 CAS-specific counters
You can set up several role-specific counters to monitor Exchange 2007 client access servers. See which the counters monitor disk performance, Outlook Web Access and the offline address book.

Track mailbox server health using database counters
Maintaining Exchange 2007 mailbox server health is easy if you keep an eye on the right database counters and recognize potential problems.

Disk- and RPC-related counters for Exchange 2007
Counters related to disk and remote procedure calls (RPC) can determine Exchange 2007 mailbox health. How healthy is your Exchange organization?

How to monitor a hub transport server
Monitoring your hub transport server can help gauge transport queue health in Exchange Server 2007. Make certain your Performance Monitor counters match recommended limits.

Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a seven-time Microsoft MVP for his work with Windows 2000 Server, Exchange Server and IIS. He has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. For more information, visit

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