Good morning – I am harry brelsford, author of da’ purple book known as Windows Small Buisness Server 2003 Best Practices. Each day I hold a virtual book reading where I post up a few pages. Today I have good news – you are already “monitoring” your SBS 2003 network!
Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation www.smbnation.com
Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP
PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!
Here’s an SBS confidence booster. You are already engaged in performance monitoring whether you know it or not. Sure, you’re waiting with baited breath to complete the procedures to configure and implement native SBS monitoring. But that telephone call you got from a client (or user) today to complain a network is running slow IS PERFORMANCE MONITORING! Folks using your network will always be your number one performance monitor on a network, plain and simple. Don’t believe me? Well, what if the power went out and the fancy network monitoring tools in SBS 2003 couldn’t fire? But a user can easily reach you via mobile telephone to report those infamous words that “…the network is down.” I rest my case.
As you work on an SBS network, you might be your own toughest critic (aka performance monitor). You’re going to be the one who knows that something just isn’t right! It’s running slow. It’s not running at all. It’s running intermittently, etc. Consciously or unconsciously, you’re already engaging in performance monitoring. All this chapter will do is add more tools to your toolkit and more arrows to your quiver.