Monitor health and performance of a virtual environment (SharePoint Server 2010)


Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010

This article describes the monitoring required for a virtual environment. It is necessary to monitor the virtual machines in the farm as well as the virtualization servers to ensure that the health and performance levels meet operational standards and the service level agreements that are in place.

Monitor SharePoint health and performance

The following articles provide information about monitoring Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 health and performance:

Monitor Hyper-V health and performance

You can monitor Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V technology health and server performance using Microsoft products or by using Windows PowerShell scripts. The following products can be used to monitor a virtual environment.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 provides an end-to-end monitoring and reporting system that you can use to monitor Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and supported versions of Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server. For more information, see System Center Operations Manager (

If you are using System Center Operations Manager we recommend that you obtain and install the following management packs as appropriate for your environment:

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R (SCVMM) is a robust tool for managing all aspects of a Hyper-V virtual environment. In addition to virtual provisioning, the Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) enables the dynamic management of virtual resources though Management Packs that are PRO enabled. SCVMM can use the monitoring capabilities of System Center Operations Manager 2007, which enables administrators to establish remedial actions for VMM to execute if poor performance or pending hardware failures are identified in hardware, operating systems, or applications. You can also obtain the current health and state of virtual machines and get a real time view of CPU, memory, and storage consumption on the virtualization servers.


System Center Virtual Machine Manager fully supports Windows PowerShell scripting.

Health and performance resources

Numerous articles and blog posts provide in-depth guidance to monitoring Hyper-V health and performance. We recommend that you consult the following resources:

See Also

Other Resources

Resource Center: Virtualization for SharePoint Server 2010