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Exchange 2013 question monitoring

I am putting together a plan for monitoring important items in exchange 2013. Has anyone done this and do they have a list of important things to monitor in exchange 2013. I realize this is a vague question but appreciate your assistance, thanks
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
There are several things to consider when monitoring Exchange. Database/CAS/Policies/etc. Below is a Technet article which provides several different cmdlets to use to monitor Exchange and the different roles/services.

Exchange Monitoring cmdlets

I would also use the following...
test-replication
get-databaseAvailibilityGroupCopyStatus

Just be aware that even though Exchange 2013 has a lot of new monitoring features a lot of them are still manual. If you want a complete solution for monitoring you would need to use something like Solarwinds for Exchange, ManageEngine or another 3rd party product.

Will.
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techdriveAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response Will but I am not looking for tools to use but items to monitor.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
The first link that I specified specifically outlines different areas you can/should monitor.

That being said the link also provides cmdlets used to monitor the different server roles/functions.

So specific things you should monitor are below...
- messaging queues
- database Availability status (dag)
- Mailbox Database Growth
- Server Performance (CPU/RAM)
- Replication Status/Health
- Backups
- event logs
- Exchange Services


Those are some of the core services that you need to monitor.

Will.
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Michael RojekCommented:
It's definitely not vague. A simple answer is to download the trial of NetCrunch 8. They have a pre-built MS Exchange monitoring pack, and you can just pull the recommended metrics as well as thresholds from there.
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