New/Updated MP: Exchange 2013 MP Reborn


So far we’ve seen very bad implementations of Exchange Management Pack for SCOM. Even with Exchange 2013 I thought will be initial version and updates will be released regularly to improve it but that didn’t happen for a long time. Until now. Microsoft released an updated version of the Exchange 2013 Management Pack. I would not just call it updated but significantly improved. I think this is the version for monitoring Exchange 2013 that we’ve been waiting for. Of course there always be room for improvements Smile. Anyway if you are using Exchange 2013 and SCOM I would suggest you to get on this version as soon as possible. Let me give you an overview of some of the major changes:

  • A lot of performance collection rules
  • Discovery of components
  • New views
  • New Group
  • Dashbaords
  • Diagram
  • Reports

Let’s go now into little more detail.

The following performance collection rules are now present:

Exchange 2013 Server
o    Exchange 2013 Database: I/O Database Reads Average Latency (ms)
o    Exchange 2013 Database: I/O Database Writes Average Latency (ms)
o    Exchange 2013 Database: I/O Log Reads Average Latency (ms)
o    Exchange 2013 Database: I/O Log Writes Average Latency (ms)
o    Exchange 2013 Database: Page Fault Stalls/sec
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Average Disk sec/Read
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Average Disk sec/Write
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Disk Free Space (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Disk Reads/sec
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Disk Size (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Disk Writes/sec
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Transport Queue Database Size (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Client Connections Count
o    Exchange 2013 Server: ActiveSync Pending
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Avg. Authentication Latency (ms)
o    Exchange 2013 Server: E2E Deliver <=90sec
o    Exchange 2013 Server: E2E Latency Percentile 95
o    Exchange 2013 Server: E2E Latency Send to External <=90sec
o    Exchange 2013 Server: EWS Response Time (ms)
o    Exchange 2013 Server: LDAP Search Time (ms)
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Messages Received/sec
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Messages Sent/sec
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Outstanding Proxy Requests
o    Exchange 2013 Server: HTTP Proxy Failure Rate (%)
o    Exchange 2013 Server: HTTP Proxy Requests/sec
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Queues by Type Count
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Queue Length
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Requests/sec
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Avg RPC Latency (ms)
o    Exchange 2013 Server: SMTP Bytes Received/Sec
o    Exchange 2013 Server: SMTP Bytes Sent/Sec
o    Exchange 2013 Server: SMTP Connections (Current)
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Store Messages Submitted/sec
o    Exchange 2013 Server: System Total Memory (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Server: CPU Utilization (%)
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Private Memory Size (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Server: Private Memory Size (%)

Exchange 2013 Windows Service
o    Exchange 2013 Windows Service: CPU Utilization (%)
o    Exchange 2013 Windows Service: Pool Non Paged Memory Size (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Windows Service: Pool Paged Memory Size (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Windows Service: Private Memory Size (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Windows Service: Private Memory Size (%)
Exchange 2013 IIS Application Pool
o    Exchange 2013 IIS App Pool: Active Requests
o    Exchange 2013 IIS App Pool: Private Memory Size (%)
o    Exchange 2013 IIS App Pool: CPU Utilization (%)
o    Exchange 2013 IIS App Pool: Pool Non Paged Memory Size (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 IIS App Pool: Pool Paged Memory Size (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 IIS App Pool: Private Memory Size (MB)
Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database Copy
o    Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database: Available Space (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database: Index Size (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database: I/O Database Reads Average Latency (ms)
o    Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database: I/O Database Writes Average Latency (ms)
o    Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database: I/O Log Reads Average Latency (ms)
o    Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database: I/O Log Writes Average Latency (ms)
o    Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database: Transaction Log Available Space (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database: Transaction Log Size (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database: Database Page Fault Stalls/sec
o    Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database: Database Size (MB)

Exchange 2013 Organization
o    Exchange 2013 Organization Synthetic: Mailbox Count
o    Exchange 2013 Organization Synthetic: Client Connections Count
o    Exchange 2013 Organization Synthetic: E2E Deliver <=90sec
o    Exchange 2013 Organization Synthetic: E2E Latency Send to External <=90sec
o    Exchange 2013 Organization Synthetic: Mailbox Database Size (MB)
o    Exchange 2013 Organization Synthetic: Messages Received/sec
o    Exchange 2013 Organization Synthetic: Messages Sent/sec
o    Exchange 2013 Organization Synthetic: Store Messages Submitted/sec

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All these perf collection rules will help you to make reports:

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The following components are discovered:

•    Exchange 2013 Server
•    Distributed applications:
o    Exchange 2013 Organization
o    Exchange 2013 Active Directory Site
o    Exchange 2013 Database Availability Group
•    Exchange 2013 Managed Availability objects:
o    Exchange 2013 Health Set
     Exchange 2013 Customer Touch Points
     Exchange 2013 Key Dependencies
     Exchange 2013 Server Resources
     Exchange 2013 Service Components
•    Exchange 2013 server components:
o    Exchange 2013 IIS Application Pool
o    Exchange 2013 Windows Service
o    Exchange 2013 Mailbox Database Copy

One new Group and others renamed:

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Dashboards:

Two new beautiful and very useful dashboards:

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Diagram:

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Views:

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So all these things makes monitoring Exchange with SCOM a lot more sense.

You can download the latest version here. I am very happy with this version and hope you are also. Remember to read the guide. There is a good detailed guide about the MP.

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