Monitoring Exchange Server 2007 Performance: Perfmon counters and thresholds

by Bharat Suneja

Monitoring mission-critical services such as email is a necessity in most organizations. Whereas monitoring software like Microsoft System Center Operations Manager can use Exchange monitoring expertise and rules encoded in Management Packs and many third-party monitoring solutions ship with some embedded Exchange knowledge, if you’re setting up a monitoring system or creating a home-grown monitoring app for Exchange, you need to know what to monitor.

I was fortunate enough to (sort of) take a course on Exchange performance monitoring at my previous employer, and get a lot of input on the subject from some great minds in the business. The resulting fondness for performance monitoring and performance counters is probably understandable.

If you share my enthusiasm for performance monitoring, here’s some documentation and guidance you may find very useful:


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Kishore July 10, 2008 at 10:17 am

This is really a cool page as it provides link to most popular counters that would need to be monitored for MS Exchange 2007.

Thank you.


Kishore July 10, 2008 at 10:19 am

The links on this article are really useful if one requires to monitor MS Exchange 2007.
Thank you.


Sri July 18, 2008 at 12:16 am

Greatly helpful links you shared.

Thanks you very much…


Pierre (NL) September 22, 2008 at 7:17 am

Very useful for exchange admin
thank you


Anonymous January 12, 2009 at 11:41 am

Awesome links!


Rex Reed January 22, 2009 at 8:14 am

I can also recommend implementing exchange auditing solution called change auditor for exchange that can audit, report and alert on any critical changes to exchange environment like, for example, security and policy changes, distribution list and administrative group changes.


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