New Tool – Skype for Business Monitoring


Its surprising how many deployments I have seen that don’t monitor their SkypeLync environments. Its even more surprising how many monitor only the usual server type bits such as disk usage, processor, RAM utilization and services.

May I suggest that at the very least you monitor your environment by means of synthetic transaction.

Description

Test of SkypeLync modalities by utilizing Synthetic Transactions. Test results generate Event logs on the machine where the tool is being run, for easy identification by any monitoring platform.

All connectivity is over PSRemote Sessions to the Front End Pools. Automation is achieved by means of the schedule tab, this makes use of the Windows Task Scheduler.

What is a synthetic transaction?

Synthetic transactions are actions, run in real time, that are performed on monitored objects. In the case of LyncSkype for Business, synthetic transaction allow you to emulate actions such as sending an IM, making an outbound call, delivering a voicemail message, and so on.

So why do I need this tool?

Of course if you are a Powershell Guru and you have scripted your own Synthetic Transactions that great. However, this tool does more than simply run a bunch of synthetic transactions.

What else does it do?

  1. The results of each synthetic transaction are recorded in the Event Log of the PC where the tool is run from.
  2. Event log name where the results are recorded is separate from other event logs.
  3. The Event ID’s represent both success and failure of tests with separate ID’s depending on the result.
  4. Event ID’s also contain a brief description of the test being performed.
  5. The tool also has a Schedule tab that allows you to setup a scheduled task that will run on a repetition interval of your choice.
  6. Instead of trying to replace your existing monitoring tools, this tool generates Event Logs you can simply add to your monitored stack.

Besides running the Tool to monitor your environment, what else could it be used for?

  • Quick test after server rebootsserver updatestopology changes
  • Test against a particular Front EndEdge Server
  • Test specified user for things such as login or voicemail

Download Skype for Business Monitoring Tool – Installer

To see it in action click HERE

DISCALIMER

This tool is NOT a replacement for the commercially available tools such as Nectar, EventZero, Unify²Prognosis or GSX. If you are after statistical data and history, triggered actions, dashboards, network performance, Session Border Controller monitoring or even QoS and network monitoring etc. then please do spend the cash and talk to these folks.

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About Paul B

My name is Paul Bloem and I am employed at Lexel Systems in New Zealand as a Principal Consultant for Unified Communications. I have been working on enterprise voice solutions for over 20 years. My first 10 years were spent working for a Telco in South Africa (Telcom SA). This is where all the groundwork happened as I was exposed to just about every aspect of telecommunication you could imagine. I develop an interest in PBX technologies and eventually became the go-to guy. Next, I had a 10 year run at Siemens South Africa, most of my time there was as a Technical Trainer. During this time VoIP hit the world stage, I had the privilege of introducing VoIP both as H.323 and later SIP across the Siemens HiPath 4000 solution stack. In 2008 I immigrated to New Zealand with my newly attained MCSE, I was ready to go where no PBX Techie had gone before. I was employed to explore OCS 2007 and that was pretty much the beginning of the end for me. I have been working on OCS and Lync ever since. My current role focuses exclusively on Lync and associated technologies.. That includes pre-sales, consulting, architecture and design, training and support. I even get to play in the development space from time to time - focus on play ;-) I was nominated as a Microsoft VTSP for Lync early in 2013 and also awarded Microsoft's MVP award for Lync in 2014.
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One Response to New Tool – Skype for Business Monitoring

  1. Pingback: Whats new in Skype for Business Monitoring Tool V1.3? | UC Sorted

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