Maintaining and Troubleshooting

Windows 2000 Performance Monitor

You can monitor specific server resources from within Exchange 2000. If you want to monitor information about your Exchange deployment other than memory and hardware usage on a server, you can use a Windows 2000 component called Performance Monitor to log workload statistics for any Exchange object. Using Performance Monitor, you can monitor a single computer, or you can monitor several computers simultaneously. This flexibility can be helpful when you want to locate a problem in your system. Depending on your needs, you can monitor performance in railway in the Chart window, or you can store data in logs to review later. For more information about using Performance Monitor, see the Windows 2000 Server documentation.

Tip   To increase administrator response, you can use Performance Monitor to generate an e-mail or a customized notification whenever a counter exceeds or drops below a measurement you specify. Once the data is generated, you can export it to a spreadsheet or database for further review and analysis.

To use Windows 2000 Performance:

  1. Start Performance
    On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Performance.
  2. Right-click the details pane, and then click Add Counters.
  3. To select a computer running Exchange, in Add Counters, click Use local computer counters to monitor this server. To monitor another server, click Select counters from computer, and then select a server from the dropdown list.
  4. In Performance Object, select an object Exchange uses.
  5. To monitor all counters, click All counters. To monitor specific counters, click Select counters from list, and then click the counter name.
  6. Tip   To read a description of the counter, click Explain.