Software

Inside the Exchange Server Profile Analyzer


The Exchange Server Profile Analyzer is a tool that allows Exchange administrators to get a real-time look at a plethora of statistics surrounding your Exchange servers. The statistics generated by the Profile Analyzer tell the complete story behind the way that your Exchange server is used (or abused!) by your users.

The Exchange Profile Analyzer is available for download from Microsoft and is a breeze to install. I installed the utility with no problems to my production Exchange 2007 Enterprise server running Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2.

In order to run the tool, you do need to create a utility account in Active Directory or have an available account that is not a member of the Domain Admins group. I create a utility account called EPA.

This account must be made a member of the Exchange View-Only Administrators group as well. To do this, from the Exchange Management Console, click Organization Configuration and, from the Actions pane, choose Add Exchange Administrator. Add the account you just created to the Exchange View-Only Administrators role.

Next, start the tool by going to Start > All Programs > Microsoft Exchange > Exchange Server Profile Analyzer. Choose the Connect to Active Directory option, specify the domain controller that should be used by the tool and then provide the credentials for the new utility account.

Figure A

Choose the Domain Controller and account to use for the analysis process.

Now, choose the Configuration option and decide which stores you want to include in your analysis, as shown in Figure B. From this screen, also choose the date range that should be analyzed. When you’re ready, click the Start Collect link at the bottom of the screen. Note that the information collected is an estimate and may not always be exact. Figure B

Choose configuration options.

After you run the report, there are a number of statistics made available for you. For a look at individual report pages, see the Exchange Server Profile Analyzer gallery.

About

Since 1994, Scott Lowe has been providing technology solutions to a variety of organizations. After spending 10 years in multiple CIO roles, Scott is now an independent consultant, blogger, author, owner of The 1610 Group, and a Senior IT Executive w...

5 comments
esova
esova

You can select "Output statistics for individual mailbox" but the output references an ID that I can't seem to map to any real mailbox. How can I get these statistics for individual users?

Marty-7
Marty-7

Not worth the effort.

rcolving-21577830291327486458815217275278
rcolving-21577830291327486458815217275278

I thought this would be a great tool however, when I created an account as an Exchange View-Only Administrator and try to use it I get an error code that says "Unable to load topology with user". So it doesn't work and as the instruction says the System Admin account doesn't work because it has the inherant deny permissions. If anyone else has had this problem and knows the solution I'd be thrilled. I've searched the internet and can't find anything on this.

wizard57m-cnet
wizard57m-cnet

rather than attempt to awaken an almost 5 year old zombie thread. Try reposting this in the 'Q&A' forum. The 'Discussion' forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution. The 'Water Cooler' is for non-technical discussions. You can submit a question to 'Q&A' here: http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/questions/post?tag=mantle_skin;content There are TR members who specifically seek out problems in need of a solution. Although there is some overlap between the forums, you'll find more of those members in 'Q&A' than in 'Discussions' or 'Water Cooler'. Be sure to use the voting buttons to provide your feedback. Voting a '+' does not necessarily mean that a given response contained the complete solution to your problem, but that it served to guide you toward it. This is intended to serve as an aid to those who may in the future have a problem similar to yours. If they have a ready source of reference available, perhaps won't need to repeat questions previously asked and answered. If a post did contain the solution to your problem, you can also close the question by marking the helpful post as "The Answer".

david_scott
david_scott

for exchange 2003, you have to give the user that you are running the tool under "send as" and "receive as" permissions on the mailbox store. go to the properties of the mailbox store in ESM, security tab. If you're on 07, its a little different. The instructions for both are in the install directory of the tools (by default is program files\exchange server profile analyzer. The doc is called "ExProfAn" A couple of notes: if you are on 03, you have to disable forms based authentication on your exchange virtual directory in ESM. Hope that helps

Editor's Picks