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What should I monitor with Nagios to tell if MS Exchange is up and running?

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Hi,

I have Nagios up and running and I can monitor counters via Windows performance monitor in Nagios quite well. What I am looking for is the best counter that tells me reliable that MS Exchange 2003 is all fine up and running.

Is there one?

Best regards,
toskala
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I would use the check_smtp  (port 25) plugin.
If the main exchange service fails, it would fail to properly accept SMTP sessions.


For more detailed checking, there is check_nt:
http://nagioswiki.com/wiki/index.php/Nagios_Checks_for_Exchange_Server_200x


Or the Nagios Remote Plugin Executor:
http://osdir.com/ml/network.nagios.plugins/2007-01/msg00093.html
http://archive.groundworkopensource.com/groundwork-exchange/tags/wmi-1.0/V2_nrpe_commands.cfg

You have the possibility of monitoring 'service running' state,  number of messages, queued.

And amount of traffic  (if network traffic greatly drops, then there may be something wrong, if it's a fairly active mail server)

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Hi Mysidia,

thanks for your reply, reason why I am asking for some reliable check is that we recently expected our Exchange to pretend sending E-Mail to others but the mail was never delivered. Incoming mail was working fine...

I already set up some checks from that catch permon info, your NRPE links do basically the same, so I guess that's the way to go.
I think I will monitor number of messages queued and amount of traffic as you suggested.

Best regards,
toskala
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Hey,

thanks for the links to NRPE the groundwork link gave me the best hints on how to monitor that thing.

cheers,
toskala
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