“How many steps have you taken today?”
People asked me that four or five times the first week I wore my fitness tracker. I thought it was odd at first, but now I think it helps me check my health. Between the tracker and the app, I can monitor and analyze my activity over time.
Of course, “How many steps have you taken today?” is what the polite people ask. Before long, everyone will be used to wearables and the questions will get a lot more personal and, well, nosey:
I Don’t Expect to Answer Questions Like Those Myself, But I Do Expect to Ask Them In an Active Directory Health Check
Think about it: Your personal health check is one thing, but your AD health check is another. The health of your entire organization (and of your career, for that matter) depends on keeping Active Directory secure and available. The nosier the questions you can ask and the more personal the information you can get back from AD, the better.
How do you translate calories, spinach and sleep into metrics for Active Directory health? Our Chris Ashley goes into that in a new paper called Keeping Active Directory Healthy and Fine-Tuned. Chris describes several areas ripe for monitoring Active Directory:
Active Directory Monitoring is About More Than AD Health Checks; It’s About the Moving Parts All Over Your Network
Microsoft provides utilities like dcdiag, repadmin, GPOtool.exe and Active Directory Replication Status Tool to give you a picture of all of those moving parts and let you troubleshoot them. The utilities ask plenty of nosey questions, but the answers provide snapshots rather than the history and log data for properly monitoring and diagnosing AD.
We’ve released Active Administrator for Active Directory Health. Like a fitness tracker for your network, it monitors the health of domain controllers, Group Policy, DNS and site topology to show you what’s happening on your network and affecting the performance of your AD.
Active Administrator for Active Directory Health monitors Active Directory health and automates all the work you would have to go through running one-off utilities here and there around your network. It gives you a high-level view and alerts you to emerging problems before your AD gets sick, your network becomes unstable and your users start losing productive time.
Read our new paper, Keeping Active Directory Healthy and Fine-Tuned, for a deeper dive into the parts of your network that affect AD health. Come up with the nosiest questions you can.
And keep taking as many steps a day as you can.