Ok wow, I'm an old time SW user but have been gone awhile and things have changed a lot. For one this whole Thwack community site is very confusing and hard to tell where/what section I'm in. So hopefully I'm in the right spot.
I'm at a new company that doesn't have solarwinds and I'm trying to get it all setup to present and hopefully convert them. I have the basics setup and some routers/switches/servers being monitored. I don't really have any experience with SAM or the old APM though.
NPM, NTA, IPAM and SAM trials.
We are having exchange issues and I need to get our exchange server setup in SAM asap to hopefully find the issue. Running exchange 2010 version 14.1 build 218.15.
I have tried many of the templates and either they fail and don't work or they show nothing.
1. What template should I use to possibly help me find out what is going on?
2. What do I need for the template to work?
Some findings so far might be pointing me to scrape the 2012 server and get setup on 2008.
Here is a good link on the templates http://www.solarwinds.com/NetPerfMon/SolarWinds/wwhelp/wwhimpl/common/html/wwhelp.htm#context=SolarW... and what some of them report on ..
You will need to check the perquisites for them some require exchange tools to be-installed and powershell but some just require WMI cred's.
Everyone's exchange environment is different but for mine .
I for my mailbox servers I poll using WMI as I want to see mount points and databases. and better stats then from SNMP -
I use the following SAM templates and tweak them
I am far a solarwinds expert myself but hope this helps you a little
Still looking for some help. I have a few templates applied and everything is mostly green, but values just don't seem right. IE I need to know how many messages we are sending daily or for any time frame. I have looked at Messages submitted/sec and some of the others and it is only showing maybe 1 and 2 here. We aren't a huge company, few hundred users, but I know we have more email going through our exchange server than that.
Do I need to move my solarwinds from our 2012 server over to a 2008 one so I can install exchange management tools?
I believe the counter information being returned is valid/accurate for your environment size. The counter is returning 1-2 messages sent/received a second is roughly 60-120 messages a minute. The problem here is that this is a snapshot in time, queried once every five minutes. While it's great for knowing if you have a sudden surge/spike in email (possible SPAM, open relay, mass mailing virus, etc) it's not a good metric for determining the exact number of messages sent or received by the Exchange server for a specific time. For that level of information you would likely need to query the message tracking logs on the Hub Transport Server.
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