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Does Exchange 2003 management pack "require" the Active Directory Domain Services Management Pack? RRS feed

  • Question

  • In the Exchange 2003 management pack, in the "recommendations" section it states;

    "At a minimum, you should deploy the Active Directory Domain Services Management Pack together with the Exchange Management Pack so that you can monitor the Active Directory Domain Services Management Pack in addition to the components specific to Exchange Server 2003" 

    I am unclear if this is really "required" or not to monitor Exchange.   From an Exchange perspective what monitoring will I be missing if I do not install this mp?  Can I install this after the Exchange mp? 

    Tuesday, December 21, 2010 9:55 PM

Answers

  • If you import the management pack using the "Add from from catalog" option in the Console all the dependancies are shown. Active Directory isn't one for the Exchange MP, but for a healthy Exchange environment a healthy Active Directory is important. So it is not a required MP in combination with the Exchange MP, but it sure is a recommendation to monitor that too.

    Installation of the Active Directory MP you can do whenever you want. You also have the option to not to install it, but why would you?
    Before you import that MP read the guide as you did with the Exchange MP.

    • Proposed as answer by Nicholas Li Thursday, December 23, 2010 5:47 AM
    • Marked as answer by Nicholas Li Monday, December 27, 2010 2:00 AM
    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:14 AM
  • AD MP is not required, but since Exchange is dependent upon AD, we want to know about AD health when we're monitoring Exchange health.

    It's like the Windows MP.  It's usually not required for any other MP, but we definitely want to know about Windows health in just about every circumstance.


    HTH, Jonathan Almquist - MSFT
    • Proposed as answer by Nicholas Li Thursday, December 23, 2010 4:28 AM
    • Marked as answer by Nicholas Li Monday, December 27, 2010 2:00 AM
    Thursday, December 23, 2010 12:42 AM

All replies

  • If you import the management pack using the "Add from from catalog" option in the Console all the dependancies are shown. Active Directory isn't one for the Exchange MP, but for a healthy Exchange environment a healthy Active Directory is important. So it is not a required MP in combination with the Exchange MP, but it sure is a recommendation to monitor that too.

    Installation of the Active Directory MP you can do whenever you want. You also have the option to not to install it, but why would you?
    Before you import that MP read the guide as you did with the Exchange MP.

    • Proposed as answer by Nicholas Li Thursday, December 23, 2010 5:47 AM
    • Marked as answer by Nicholas Li Monday, December 27, 2010 2:00 AM
    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:14 AM
  • AD MP is not required, but since Exchange is dependent upon AD, we want to know about AD health when we're monitoring Exchange health.

    It's like the Windows MP.  It's usually not required for any other MP, but we definitely want to know about Windows health in just about every circumstance.


    HTH, Jonathan Almquist - MSFT
    • Proposed as answer by Nicholas Li Thursday, December 23, 2010 4:28 AM
    • Marked as answer by Nicholas Li Monday, December 27, 2010 2:00 AM
    Thursday, December 23, 2010 12:42 AM
  • Thanks!
    Monday, December 27, 2010 9:09 PM