Monitoring component of the infrastructure
With the support of Exchange 2013, GSX moved from a management by role to a management by Service. GSX Monitor now focuses on the multiple services provided by each type of server in Exchange 2013.
Although these services are critical to manage, the Exchange 2013 architecture required monitoring capabilities on other infrastructure components that can sit on the Client Access Server and on the Mailbox.
GSX Monitor & Analyzer Main Features:
After just a few minutes, you can set up automatic reports on performance and availability. You will then be provided with comprehensive charts, trends and even forecasting capabilities.
For each of the server roles, GSX Monitor checks the availability from a system perspective and connects to each server by opening a PowerShell session on the server.
When done, we know that the server is able to answer so you can administrate it properly.
If you can not connect, the server is considered “down”.
Connecting via PowerShell does not necessary mean that the service delivered by the server is provided.
GSX is now monitoring the Exchange Server Processes to check their availability in order to anticipate and improve troubleshooting. If any process is down, it can have a critical impact on the infrastructure and by consequences on the availability of the application.
This is why we also calculate the availability of each service delivered by CAS and Mailbox servers.
GSX retrieves a lot of system performance counters to compare application statistics with system statistics in order to take action and/or troubleshoot potential problems.
GSX is providing a dedicated view on system information for Exchange 2013 environment.
In the statistics view, GSX displays a tab dedicated to system data:
- CPU on gauge, global value Memory: RAM, free, per process
- Disk: free and used statistics, I/O read and write
- Network: traffic on Network interface (Inbound, outbound and total in)
With Exchange 2013, Microsoft has made a big push on JBOD storage architecture, which allow companies to decrease the cost of storage by attaching any kind of disks.
The main challenge for an Administrator is that many disks can be connected mixing the disks in SAN or JBOD.
GSX is able to search out for these disks and set up some alerts on them:
- Warning alert after a certain threshold
- Critical after a second level of threshold
All the storage statistics will be transferred to GSX Analyzer for trending and forecasting purposes to better manage capacity planning and infrastructure cost optimization.