Monitoring Exchange Services

Monitoring Exchange Services

I'm currently writing a recipe on how to monitor the health and status of your Exchange services. I haven't done much day to day administration over the past several years, so this is outside my realm of current expertise a bit. When I was responsible for operations in the past, we used the built-in monitoring that was available with Exchange 5.5 and simply dedicated a workstation to show the status of the monitoring all of the time. I haven't been able to find a way to make Exchange 2003 do the same thing – even though I've set up a monitor for all default Exchange services. The monitor doesn't seem to do anything that I can see, and watching the event logs constantly certainly isn't a great solution.

So I figure I must be missing something… Do you have any ideas to help me, or did we lose a lot of functionality with the “monitoring” included in the newer versions of Exchange server?  [Exchange Cookbook]

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