Manage SharePoint Application Server

As the Application server are more than important for the SharePoint farm to deliver the service, GSX put a particular focus on this role.

GSX automatically discovers the Application server role and the application services running on it. Any of them can be tested through PowerShell to determine if the service is running or not, providing deep dive information into the SharePoint application server.

By default, the basic SharePoint applications services that can be tested are:

  • Access Services: Allows users to view, edit, and interact with Access 2010 databases in a Web browser.
  • Business Data Connectivity Service: Gives access to line-of-business data systems.
  • Excel Services Application: Lets users view and interact with Excel 2010 files in a Web browser.
  • Managed Metadata Service: Manages taxonomy hierarchies, keywords and social tagging infrastructure, and publishes content types across site collections.
  • PerformancePoint Service Application: Provides the capabilities of PerformancePoint.
  • Search Service: Crawls content, produces index partitions, and serves search queries.
  • Secure Store Service: Provides Single Sign-On authentication to access multiple applications or services.
  • State Service: Provides temporary storage of user session data for SharePoint Server components.
  • Usage and Health Data Collection service: Collects usage and health data farm-wide, providing you with the ability to view various usage and health reports.
  • User Profile Service: Adds support for My Sites, profile pages, social tagging and other social computing features.
  • Visio Graphics Service: Lets users view and refresh published Visio 2010 diagrams in a Web browser.
  • Web Analytics Service: Provides Web service interfaces.
  • Word Automation Services: Performs automated bulk document conversions.
  • Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Subscription Settings Service: Provides multi-tenant functionality for service applications. Tracks subscription IDs and settings for services that are deployed in partitioned mode.


Get informed on the Indexer Health State

The indexer and the crawler are a part of the “Search services” that sit on an application server role. We check these services at several levels:

  • At the “Indexer” level, with the specific threshold we propose through the Wizard. Note that we retrieve the information through the SQL server.
  • At the Service level via Search scenarios

At the Indexer level, stay informed with alert thresholds on:

  • Elapsed time thresholds since the last crawl: It alerts you if the last crawl hasn’t taken place in the specified time.
  • Second alert - Unsuccessful crawl element: A high percentage of unsuccessful crawl elements is bad because the documents that the crawl failed for won’t be found by your users!


Identify your bottleneck quickly within your Application servers thanks to GSX Analyzer. The reporting function allows you to trend the availability of your application server role, to draw your environment by KPIs and to identify where you need to increase capacity, where you need to fix problem or where you need to pay attention within your SharePoint infrastructure.