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ExMon- The foremost tool for Exchange Server 2010

Updated on June 1, 2016

Analysing a large Exchange Server database is not only a difficult task but also requires a systematic and effective way which cannot be achieved without taking the help of a tool. ExMon, short for Exchange Server User Monitor, is one such type of application that assist administrator to view and examine individual user’s data in an Exchange Server environment. Furthermore, the utility helps in collecting clients’ data so as to get the picture of what are the current usage patterns which in turn make it easier to develop future strategy. This article will be explaining Microsoft Exchange Server User Monitor for Exchange 2010 and steps to gather information of client-side in order to determine the performance of Exchange.

Every so often, Exchange administrator requires a fully featured tool such as ExMon to monitor all of its clients’ data in easy and effective way. The application let admin to collect, view and analyze the following information:

  • Microsoft Outlook versions
  • Different modes used by Outlook clients i.e. cache mode or classic online mode
  • IP addresses of clients
  • Resources usage such as CPU %, server processor latency, network latency, processing with Outlook 2003 MAPI and above editions

Gather users’ data directly using ExMon

The Graphical user interface of ExMon makes it easier to collect data in user-configurable time period. This method turns out to be the best one to gather short-scale data in short interval.

Step 1. Run Exmon.exe. Once the aplication is launched, the tool starts collecting users’ information at no time at all.
Step 2. If you want to stop the process of data collection, you can stop it via the File menu.
Or, click stop tracing on the toolbar
Step 3. If you want to resume the process of data collection, click start in the File menu.
Or, start tracing on the toolbar

Change the interval for data collection: ExMon has Update Interval control on toolbar, you can select time interval between one & 30min.

Gather users’ data using Command-line

Collecting data using command-line tool such as tracelog is not as easy as GUI. However, advanced users can easily type command and gathers Outlook users’ data. Follow the below steps start collecting clients’ behaviour.

Step 1. Open an elevated command prompt.
Step 2. Type the following command and hit enter. The data collection will start in an instant.

Tracelog.exe -start “Exmon_trace” -f [Drive:][path] OutputFileName -guid [Drive:]

If you want to stop the process. Type the following command:

Tracelog.exe -stop “Exmon_Trace”

Conclusion: The above article focuses on the free utility provided by Microsoft, ExMon tool of Exchange Server 2010, its features, and how one can use it to collect users’ data using ExMon GUI as well as using command user interface. After collecting the data and knowing the current usage, Exchange administrator can develop future plans for the better performance of Exchange.

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