Monitor with AppInsight for Active Directory
Key aspects of monitoring Active Directory involve keeping a close watch on the application and service availability, and ensuring various performance metrics are checked against accepted thresholds.
AppInsight for Active Directory monitors physical and virtual Active Directory environments to identify issues about domain controllers, replication, and more. You can use it to track many key aspects of Active Directory by getting relevant performance data from the server level. You can also drill down into the data store layer for performance data.
After you assign AppInsight for Active Directory to a node, it becomes an application on the node that reports data to SAM through a predefined set of component monitors, including:
- The Windows Event Log Monitor, that uses WMI and RPC communication to scan Windows Event Logs for server events.
- The Performance Counter Monitor, that uses RPC methods or WMI to collect Windows Performance Counter data.
For a list of component monitors included in AppInsight for Active Directory, see the SAM Template Reference.
Here are some ways you can use the status and metrics provided by AppInsight for Active Directory:
File replication service: Identify failures on replications or issues with the network leading to slow replication rates between websites.
Directory services: Watch critical directory services to ensure your email and phone contacts are always in-sync.
Service outages: Monitor domain controllers continuously to prevent service outages. Diagnose domain controller performance issues by tracking CPU usage, connected users, failed logins, account lockouts, and more. Discover domain controllers on unmonitored nodes within your environment.
- Dependencies: Troubleshoot Active Directory dependencies with widgets that show in-depth details about issues impacting performance.
To quickly set up and use AppInsight for Active Directory:
- Review requirements and permissions.
- Assign AppInsight for Active Directory to monitored nodes that are already running Active Directory Domain Services. You can do this automatically with the Discovery Wizard, via the Manage Templates page, or via individual Node Details page. See Configure AppInsight for Active Directory for details.
To further refine AppInsight for Active Directory monitoring, you can:
- Customize widgets that appear in views.
- Adjust component monitors in the main AppInsight for Active Directory template, or for individual nodes.
- Configure alerts to receive notifications about domain controller usage, issues, and thresholds.
- Configure certificate handling for AppInsight for Active Directory.