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System Health And Monitoring. Damian Leibaschoff Support Escalation Engineer Microsoft Rod White Support Engineer Microsoft . Agenda. System Health Vision Security Software Updates Critical Alerts Backup Reporting. System Health Vision.

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system health and monitoring

System Health And Monitoring

Damian Leibaschoff

Support Escalation Engineer


Rod White

Support Engineer


  • System Health Vision
  • Security
  • Software Updates
  • Critical Alerts
  • Backup
  • Reporting
system health vision
System Health Vision
  • Provide base operational monitoring and policy definitions for SBS server, 2nd server, and all domain joined clients.
  • System Health pillars include
    • Security
    • Software Updates
    • SBS Critical Alerts
    • Backup
  • E-mail anti-malware/anti-spam
    • Via Forefront Security for Exchange* and OneCare for Server*
  • Monitoring of client file system anti-virus and anti-spyware
    • Rolled up status recovered from Vista/XP Security Center
    • Status recovery is real time
  • Note: *Important: "Limited Time Trial Subscription “ only
software updates
Software Updates
  • Integration with WSUS 3.0 (SP1)
  • Auto approved all critical/security and definition updates
    • Client O/S – download/install/restart if appropriate
    • Server O/S – download and notify – administrator to initiate install
  • Client exclusion supported
  • Important: Please set the expectation that once SBS 2008 is installed, updates will be applied to non-compliant systems – restarts will occur
software updates6
Software Updates
  • Approval scope can be modified (via WSUS)
    • Removing critical and security updates will turn updates into yellow: Warning
  • Administration of SUM kept to a minimum
    • Administrator will need to approve updates with revised SLTs
    • UI will expose ‘optional updates’
critical alerts
Critical Alerts
  • Monitoring of auto start services (server)
  • Key events (server)
    • Backup
    • Licensing
    • Networking
    • Security
  • Thresholds (clients and server)
    • Disk usage
  • Monitoring of all other critical alerts
    • ‘Catch All’ for all critical alerts within the server event logs
alert presentation
Alert Presentation
  • Home page score card
    • Summary red/yellow/green
  • Computers page
    • Per computer status
    • Detailed per alert description
  • Daily summary/weekly detailed reports
    • E-mail/UI
  • Catch All events only in the reports
  • System Health calls backup APIs to recover state
    • Green – Last SBS 2008 Server backup successful
    • Yellow – Backup on the server not configured
    • Red – Last SBS 2008 Server backup failed
  • 2 Default reports
    • Cannot be removed
  • You can add new ones
  • Historical archive available
partner overview
Partner Overview

Partner Profile

TAP Customer Profile

City of Mt. Healthy

15 desktops

Business Focus: Local Government

Key Pain Points:

How will SBS 2008 help:

  • NextStep Networking
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • 15 Employees
  • 115 active customers
  • Customer segment focus: SMB
  • Solution focus areas:
  • MSPP Level: Microsoft Gold Partner
a real world perspective
A Real-World Perspective
  • 2008 TAP Experience
    • Positive feedback from the clients; Stable environment
    • Migration was straight forward and did not require any third party products
    • Migration was non-intrusive and did not require much downtime
    • As a member of the TAP we are able to get answers to any issues quickly and easily
  • Health and Monitoring now includes the entire domain not just the SBS server
  • Key features
    • Comprehensive monitoring
    • Weekly alerting allows for increase in reliability
    • Weekly alerting allows your staff to be more productive by allowing them to quickly determine the health of a network and be able to prioritize work
    • Weekly and Monthly Reports can be used to drive sales for time and material clients
  • What specifically do you recommend the partners do next, in priority order?
    • Participate in events like this one… get together with those who know
    • Install it on a test server and get your hands dirty – add some workstations and see how beneficial the monitoring is
  • Customized reports
    • Includes status for server and clients
  • Real-time server and client health status
    • Firewall, AV, anti-spyware
    • Updates
    • General alerts
  • Centralized update management
  • OneCare anti-malware on the server
    • "Limited time trial"
  • Forefront Security for Exchange
    • "Limited time trial"
  • Default components
    • File system AV
      • WMI query to Security Center
    • Anti-spyware
      • WMI query to Security Center
    • Anti-spam
      • CMDLET in Powershell
    • E-mail antivirus
      • FSE utilities
  • Extensibility for third party ISVs
  • Client reports based on WMI queries
  • Works on top of WSUS 3 SP1
  • Defaults
    • Server
      • Approve critical, security, and definition updates for installation
      • Download, update, and notify
    • Client
      • Approve critical, security, service packs, and definition updates for installation
      • Install updates at 3 AM
  • Other updates need to be approved for install to either servers or clients
  • Three group policies
    • Update services client computers
    • Update services common settings
    • Update service server computers
  • Security filtering on client and server GPOs
  • Machines can be excluded from this process
    • Burden on administrator to manually update
windows live onecare for server
Windows Live OneCare For Server
  • Same scan engine solution as Forefront Client Security
  • Server file exceptions configured by default
  • No firewall component on server SKU
  • Backup component disabled
    • Use the SBS provided backup solution
  • Only 25 machines if using a OneCare circle
    • Use the SBS Console to monitor all clients

The information contained in this presentation relates to pre-release software product, which may be substantially modified before its first commercial release. Accordingly, the information may not accurately describe or reflect the software product when first commercially released. This presentation is provided for informational purposes only, and Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to this presentation or the information contained in it.

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