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Review of SolarWinds Exchange Monitor

SolarWinds Free Tool for Monitoring Exchange ServersDownload Free Exchange Monitor from Solarwinds

Should one of your Exchange Servers be unavailable you need to find the root cause.  This free utility will enable you to monitor the state of your email empire.

Evaluation of SolarWinds Exchange Monitor

The SolarWinds Exchange Monitor

Email is one of the most vital services you provide can for users.  And if one of your Exchange Servers fails you need to know which one it is immediately.  This free monitor from SolarWinds enables you to keep an eye on the health of your Exchange enterprise.

This gadget delivers a clever desktop dashboard that continuously monitors classic counters such as CPU utilization, virtual memory, disk space, and mail queue length.

With this SolarWinds utility you'll be able to track Exchange health by looking for red or green dots, and thus ensure this mission-critical email application never fails you for long, see screenshot below.Appraisal of Solarwinds Exchange Monitor

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Latest Version of SolarWinds Exchange Monitor 1.0.2

Exchange Monitor 1.0.2 fixes a problem with "World Wide Web Publishing" where "Microsoft Exchange Event" services display a "Not Found" result.

Compatibility Review
In 2011, Exchange Monitor only supported Exchange 2003 and not 2007.  However, there are hopes that SolarWinds will soon release a monitoring gadget for Exchange 2007.

Multiple Servers
This version of Exchange Monitor can only track one server, however for checking multiple servers, SolarWinds provide the Orion APM for tasks such as measuring Round Trip Email. This application employs WMI performance counters to troubleshoot application bottlenecks.

Uninstall Exchange Monitor
As with many applications, make sure that you close all windows before uninstalling.

Video: SolarWinds Exchange Server Monitoring Gadget

Here is a good way to evaluate Exchange Server Monitor:

 

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How to Install SolarWinds Exchange Monitor

Firstly locate the .zip file you freeware downloaded.  Then just followed the standard procedure; extract the application, which is a single file, click the licence agreement, and let the InstallShield Wizard perform the setup.

After the install completes, the Exchange Monitor gadget launches, and now you are ready to begin checking your servers.  If later you need 'find' the application look on the start menu, or if all else fails navigate to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\SolarWinds\ExchangeMonitor

Uninstall
At the end of your evaluation, should you need to uninstall, then firstly run MSCONFIG and remove Exchange Monitor from the Startup folder.  Now you are ready to go to the Control Panel, Programs, scroll down to 'S' for SolarWinds Exchange Monitor.  It's a sign of a good freeware program that it uninstalls easily and completely.

Recommendation: For more help visit SolarWinds Thwack forum.

Microsoft Exchange Server Monitor

Microsoft Exchange Server User Monitor can collect real-time data to understand client usage patterns.  Administrators can check IP addresses used by clients, versions and modes of Microsoft Office Outlook, and resources such as CPU usage, server-side processor latency, and total latency for network and processing.  This email monitor is suitable for Exchange Server 2003, 2007 and 2010.

Summary: Review of Solarwinds Exchange Monitor

Download and install this free gadget, then inspect your mail queues, monitor the Exchange server's memory, confirm there is enough disk space and check the CPU utilization. This is the real deal - there is no catch.  SolarWinds provides this fully-functioning product for free, as part of their commitment to supporting the network management community.

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Free SolarWinds Exchange Server Monitor

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These are programs which I have enjoyed evaluating on my network.  Some are completely free, while other downloads are trial versions of the full product.  I think SolarWinds have a great strategy, namely, supplying a free gadget, which may be all a small company need, yet providing a big-brother suite of programs for larger organizations.

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