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Exchange 2003 mail flow monitoring RRS feed

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  • Hi guys,

    Can anyone explain me what exactly is happening when mail flow is being monitored by the SCOM management pack for exchange 2003? I can see there are several mailboxes created (one per store) when using the management pack configuration wizard. I read somewhere that only the one of the first store is being used for mail flow monitoring. Is it sending a email to its own mailbox? Why is it then that I had to configure a sending and receiving server when using that wizard?

    Thanx in advance for your help.

    Regards,

    Chris

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012 1:30 PM

Answers

  • As far as I know, this management pack will trigger test emails between servers and check for delivery. It will also alert if the configured latency threshold exceeds. We are currently using and monitoring the mail delivery/latency on Exchange 2003 servers.

    Refer the below article on few more details.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd146130.aspx

    • "Exchange Mail Flow Monitor (Receiver Part)" – this monitor verifies that messages generated by the mail flow sender are received and how long the delivery took. Alerts will be generated if test e-mails are not received within the defined interval.

    • "Exchange Mail Flow Monitor (Sender Part)" – this monitor generates test e-mail messages

    • "Performance Collection Rule for Mail flow receiver" data collection rule - this rule collects mail flow latency performance data between each mail flow receiver and sender.

    Additional configuration (beyond what is done in the Configuration Wizard) can be done on the monitors and rule via overrides.

    Additional properties of Mail Flow monitoring include:

    • The interval of the monitors and rule can be customized to control the frequency at which test e-mails are generated.

    • A timeout value can be configured on the monitors and rule (it is a timed script which generates the mail flow data)

    • The receiver monitor and performance collection rule support a “Number of max missed runs” override which lets you control how many missed e-mails should be allowed before generating an alert.

    • A latency value, representing the allowed latency for test e-mails to be received can be configured on the receiver monitor and performance collection rule.

    • A negative latency value representing maximum allowed clock skew can be configured on the receiver and performance collection rule.

    Shaba

    • Proposed as answer by Sukh828 Thursday, March 8, 2012 1:26 AM
    • Marked as answer by Castinlu Sunday, March 18, 2012 4:35 AM
    Tuesday, March 6, 2012 1:38 PM
  • Or for a deeper understanding, post in the SCOM forum - http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/systemcenteroperationsmanager

    Sukh

    • Marked as answer by Castinlu Sunday, March 18, 2012 4:35 AM
    Thursday, March 8, 2012 1:27 AM

All replies

  • As far as I know, this management pack will trigger test emails between servers and check for delivery. It will also alert if the configured latency threshold exceeds. We are currently using and monitoring the mail delivery/latency on Exchange 2003 servers.

    Refer the below article on few more details.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd146130.aspx

    • "Exchange Mail Flow Monitor (Receiver Part)" – this monitor verifies that messages generated by the mail flow sender are received and how long the delivery took. Alerts will be generated if test e-mails are not received within the defined interval.

    • "Exchange Mail Flow Monitor (Sender Part)" – this monitor generates test e-mail messages

    • "Performance Collection Rule for Mail flow receiver" data collection rule - this rule collects mail flow latency performance data between each mail flow receiver and sender.

    Additional configuration (beyond what is done in the Configuration Wizard) can be done on the monitors and rule via overrides.

    Additional properties of Mail Flow monitoring include:

    • The interval of the monitors and rule can be customized to control the frequency at which test e-mails are generated.

    • A timeout value can be configured on the monitors and rule (it is a timed script which generates the mail flow data)

    • The receiver monitor and performance collection rule support a “Number of max missed runs” override which lets you control how many missed e-mails should be allowed before generating an alert.

    • A latency value, representing the allowed latency for test e-mails to be received can be configured on the receiver monitor and performance collection rule.

    • A negative latency value representing maximum allowed clock skew can be configured on the receiver and performance collection rule.

    Shaba

    • Proposed as answer by Sukh828 Thursday, March 8, 2012 1:26 AM
    • Marked as answer by Castinlu Sunday, March 18, 2012 4:35 AM
    Tuesday, March 6, 2012 1:38 PM
  • Or for a deeper understanding, post in the SCOM forum - http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/systemcenteroperationsmanager

    Sukh

    • Marked as answer by Castinlu Sunday, March 18, 2012 4:35 AM
    Thursday, March 8, 2012 1:27 AM