Infrastructure Assessment

An Infrastructure Assessment is the first set of services that GSX Monitor & Analyzer can easily deliver to your customer.

Exchange customers often need an assessment of their infrastructure prior to any big project. This assessment generally consists of:

  • A migration project to a new version of Exchange
  • A migration to a Hybrid or cloud delivery service
  • A massive project on Infrastructure optimization

The Assessment is useful to conduct after a big project implementation.

There can be multiple outcomes in terms of services.

A great assessment of the infrastructure will help gain the trust of your client.

Because GSX Monitor & Analyzer is a standard and independent tool, your company will be able to produce independent reports based on performance indicators that can accurately map out the user experience.

GSX’s Specific Approach

GSX Monitor & Analyzer provides you with unique features inside a simple and powerful product.

An Agentless Tool

As you want to assess the environment of your customers, it wouldn’t make sense to add something on the environment to use for testing. This means you shouldn't add anything on the Exchange, SharePoint, BlackBerry or IBM servers.

GSX is completely agentless and conducts tests to reproduce similar interactions as a user within the architecture. It uses IBM or BlackBerry APIs, PowerShell, WMI and direct scenarios on SharePoint and Exchange.

Environment Autodiscovery

The tool automatically uses the server to inquire about all the other servers, discover how they are organized, detect how many servers are in the CAS Array or the DAG, see how many SQL servers are attached to the SharePoint environment, observe how many Front-end or application servers exist, etc.

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This is all done automatically within a couple seconds. The entire environment will be perfectly drawn out and easy to understand. You no longer need to interview anyone and spend time trying to understand the architecture…GSX will do that for you.

No script is needed, everything is built in.

The time you save by using GSX is immense, and as a result, the positive impact on your customer will be significant as well.

Assessment of Server Usage and Performance

As soon as GSX evaluates the environment, it tests the performance of each server, acting on it as a user. GSX reports not only on service availability, but also on service performance.

After few minutes, the tool will discover the environment and provide you with useful performance indicators and graphs on the environment.

You will be able to quickly collect and analyze information based on the multiple tests that GSX conducts on the environment, such as:

For Exchange:

  • Mail Routing performance across the infrastructure and to the Internet
  • Mobile performance synchronization
  • Connection to Mailboxes through any protocol
  • Exchange auto-discovery service performance
  • MAPI connectivity performance
  • Exchange server access performance

For SharePoint:

  • Meeting creation performance
  • Downloads and uploads of documents
  • Blog posts and new listed items performance
  • Webparts, Form, versioning, etc. access performance
  • SharePoint site and SQL connection

Graphs will be produced automatically and statistics will be available right away in the reporting tool.

Automatic Assessment of System Performance

Offering more than just performing scenarios on the Messaging and Collaboration environments, GSX retrieves system information through WMI counters like:

  • Version
  • CPU
  • RAM
  • Disk space
  • Number of users / connections
  • FDSOAB

You will be able to cross information on specific applications, key performance indicators and system indicators to fully understand the global architecture.

Automatic Assessment of Usage in the Environment

The last point of my assessment is about collecting statistics on how the system and applications are used.

To do this, GSX automatically collects WMI and SQL via PowerShell. This is the information you need to understand how the environment is used, what is used the most, which server of the CAS Array supports the most loads, which Database is larger than others, which disk is always pretty full, which Web Front-end is used the most, etc.

Conclusion

In just a short amount of time, GSX Monitor & Analyzer can provide you with a wide range of performance and usage statistics. They are collected automatically without running any scripts on the server and gathered onto the reporting module. It reports on historical trends, forecasting analysis and bottleneck detection. Everything is built in GSX Monitor & Analyzer!

Save time with GSX’s accurate statistics on user-friendly graphs and prove why your recommendations are the best solutions for the environment.

Since the reporting features automatically compare servers, make trends and conduct forecasting, your services will make the environment much more valuable for the customer.