GSX Monitor & Analyzer Additional Features
GSX is constantly running specific tests to collect information, measure performance and provide usage statistics to alert you on any issue before it impacts the users.
This section shortly describes features and benefits that are common to every SharePoint server role.
The scanning Engine from GSX is simple to use and extremely powerful. You can define the scanning frequency, retry in case GSX Monitor finds any errors, the server time zone (if there are multiple time zone locations) and the business on/off hours.
Business hours are critical if you want to define a specific set of alerts.
The Scanning Engine will then proceed to all the tests you have configured, checking the performance threshold on every pre-set period on your entire set of servers. It will collect information on each step giving you all the statistics necessary in term of availability, performance and usage, for all the platforms you want to monitor at the same time and without any code on the server you want to monitor.
If an error occurred or if a threshold has been exceeded, an alert will be sent. When the situation is back to normal, you can be notified as well.
SharePoint Log Analysis
GSX Monitor provides you with the ability to scan SharePoint logs in order to find any string or keyword. Just enter the string you want and GSX will scan the SharePoint logs, identify where the string is, alert you if it was found and report into GSX Analyzer the number of times it has been found and where.
It's now very easy to check the Logs and find any error or string you want to troubleshoot your environment in the case of any problem occurring.
Alerts Engine and Repository
The Alert Engine has been developed to give all the flexibility you need in a friendly user interface that optimizes the configuration.
You can create as many profile alerts as you need, combining all the options GSX provides to the user.
GSX can alert you by:
- Email distribution lists
- Any program running on the VM / Workstation
- Pop Up Messages on any workstation
- SNMP Trap to any supervision / ticketing tool like SCOM
- Direct SMS if a modem GSM is configured
Every type of alert can be combined to provide you with maximum flexibility. You can add a severity level to the alert profile, a reminder to be alerted every X minutes until you fix the problem, and an Escalation profile that will warn another team or tool if the problem is still here after a designated period of time.
All these alerts are automatically sent to GSX Analyzer and can be used as a repository for your alerts if you don’t have one already.
Directly from this view, you can export reports of your Alerts, as a PDF for example, or you can manage them taking action on them (alert in progress, resolved, by who, when, how, etc.).
Your server has a regular maintenance option that you can schedule in order to guarantee the updates or health over time. During this period, you don’t want to be overloaded by constant alerts when service is interrupted!
GSX provides you with the ability to define your maintenance windows to efficiently alert you and also to sort your availability statistics. Again, you don’t want your SLAs or general measures of availability to be impacted by your maintenance operations. GSX will sort these statistics depending on Normal Hour and/or Maintenance Hour.
GSX provides instant critical graphs on the last 3,000 scans for every performance, system and usage statistic you need. These graphs are critical for troubleshooting problems in your SharePoint Infrastructure and determine exactly when you have peak of change.
For example, administrators have to know when the latency happens in order to correlate this information with the RAM, CPU or Web services latency.
Disk Space Alerts
GSX allows administrators to set up proactive storage alerts on disks attached to any SharePoint server when the free space falls below a predefined threshold (either in MB or in %).
Statistics are displayed in real time Graphs and in GSX Analyzer to provide historical metrics and forecasts.
GSX Analyzer Overview and Statistics View
Let’s take a look at the common features of GSX Analyzer, again for every server and every environment you want to report on.
First, GSX Analyzer gives an overview of your entire environment. It can be on SharePoint, Exchange, BlackBerry Enterprise Servers, Mail Routing test, URLs, and so forth.
GSX Analyzer is fully customizable. You can configure access for a profile to see only a set of servers or set of tabs (Overview, Alerts, Statistics, Log Reports, Trend Reports and Environment Health).
The GSX Analyzer Statistics View provides you with a complete view of all the statistics collected by GSX Monitor.
Depending on the selected server role, you’ll see the accurate statistics of availability, usage and performance that can be exported in CSV and PDF in one click.
Trend Reports, Environmental Health Reports and Automatic Reports
The GSX Analyzer Trend Reports view enables you to make historical trends, forecasts and automatic reports in PDF.
These trends are available for any statistics provided by GSX Analyzer for reporting purposes.
The Environment Health view allows you the ability to compare the availability of roles, in order to compare their performance of usage within the infrastructure.
This powerful tool is mostly used to quickly identify bottlenecks in your infrastructure as well as ease the sizing of your SharePoint environment.