The Monitoring Pack for Active Directory (AD) monitors Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers.
"The MP provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of your Active Directory deployment includes monitoring of domain controllers and monitoring of health from the perspective of clients that use Active Directory resources. It monitors events that various AD components and subsystems place in the Application, System, and Service event logs. It also monitors the overall health of the AD system and provides alerts for critical performance issues," Microsoft stated.
"To monitor domain controllers, ADMP provides a predefined, ready-to-run set of processing rules, monitoring scripts, and reports that are designed specifically to monitor the performance and availability of domain controllers," the software company said.
"Because client computers in your AD environment can experience connectivity and service issues even when domain controllers appear to be operating correctly, ADMP includes the AD Client Management Pack, which can help you identify such issues. The ADCMP monitors the services that domain controllers provide. It provides information--in addition to the information that is collected directly on the domain controllers--about whether domain controllers are available by running transactions, such as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) binds and pings, against the directory service," the Redmond company revealed.
- Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
- Domain Controller Locator (DCLocator)
- Net Logon service
- File Replication Service (FRS)
- Intersite Messaging service
- Windows Time service
- Key Distribution Center (KDC)
- Service availability monitoring
- Key performance data collection
- Comprehensive reports, including reports about service availability and service health, plus reports that you can use for capacity planning
You can download System Center Monitoring Pack for Active Directory (AD) here.