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Foglight for Active Directory 6.0.0 - User Guide

Navigation basics Exploring Foglight for Active Directory dashboards Managing Active Directory agents Reporting on your Active Directory enterprise Foglight for Active Directory views
Forest views Domain views Site views Domain Controller views Description of embedded views
Address Book view Agent State view Asynchronous Thread Queue view Core Services view Database Access view Database Cache view Database Log Access view Database Performance Health view Defragmentation Tasks view DFS Namespace Service API Queue view DFS Namespace Service API Requests view DFS Namespace Service Referrals view DFS Replicated Folders view DFS Replication Connections view DFS Replication Service Volumes view DFS-R Performance Health view Directory Replication Inbound view Directory Replication Outbound view Directory Replication Sync view Directory Replication USN view Directory Services General view Directory Services Performance Health view Directory Services Reads view Directory Services Searches view Directory Services Writes view Domain Controller Details view Domain Controllers view FileReplicaConn Authentications/Bindings view FileReplicaConn Change Orders view FileReplicaConn Fetch view FileReplicaSet Authentications/Bindings view FileReplicaSet Change Orders view FileReplicaSet DS Communications view FileReplicaSet Files view FileReplicaSet Local Change Orders view FileReplicaSet Packets view FileReplicaSet Remote Change Orders view FRS Performance Health view FRS Replica Sets view FRS Staging Files view FSMO Roles view (Domain) FSMO Roles view (Forest) Host Monitor view Inter-Site Transports view Inventory By Category view IP Subnets view Key Distribution Center view LDAP view Memory view Network view Processor view Replication Performance Health view Resource Utilization view Security Accounts Manager view Server Health view Statistics view Storage view Summary and Resource Information view Top AD Metrics view Top 3 Consumers view Top 3 CPU Consumers view Top 3 DS Directory Reads/sec view Top 3 LDAP Bind Times view Top 3 Memory Consumers view Top 3 Network Consumers view Top 3 Replication Queue Length view Top 3 Storage Consumers view Trusts view USN Records view
Foglight for Active Directory rules Running diagnostic tests Managing Active Directory metrics

Alarms and state indicators

Foglight for Active Directory uses state indicators to show the severity level of alarms that have fired or the status of an Active Directory® object. The following state indicators and colors are used throughout the product:

Fatal (red)

There is a strong indication that the server is experiencing conditions which will degrade performance.

Critical (orange)

Indicates that the current metric values point strongly towards performance-related problems with the specified component.

Warning (yellow)

Represents a possible performance problem, based on calculations on current server metrics against best-practices thresholds.

Normal (green)

Indicates the component is operating within normal thresholds.

A normal severity level indicates that there have been no warning, critical or fatal events fired. Foglight does not record events that are successful; it can only determine that there are no events that had problems.

The Foglight alarm types respond to thresholds that are defined within Foglight for Active Directory rules. As metrics change and move through thresholds, alarms are raised. As a metric moves through thresholds, the severity of an alarm changes, which causes the associated state indicators to change.

For detailed information about Foglight for Active Directory rules and metrics, see Foglight for Active Directory rules.

Mouse-over actions

Many items within Foglight for Active Directory dashboards display additional information when you hover your cursor over them. For example:

Foglight for Active Directory roles

Foglight controls user access using the concept of users, groups and roles. Each user can belong to one or more groups. The roles assigned to those groups determine the set of actions that the user can access.

Foglight comes with a set of built-in roles. In addition to these built-in roles, Foglight for Active Directory comes with the following additional built-in roles which control access to the dashboards in Foglight for Active Directory.

AD Administrator. Allows access to all dashboards in Foglight for Active Directory.
AD QuickView User. Allows access to the Active Directory Environment dashboard.
AD Report User. When implemented, this role will allow access to the Report Management dashboard and Active Directory® reports.

The Users & Security dashboard allows you to manage user access. To access this dashboard, on the navigation panel, select Dashboards > Administration > Users & Security Management. For more information on managing users and security, see the Foglight Administration and Configuration Guide or online help.

Exploring Foglight for Active Directory dashboards

Foglight for Active Directory includes dashboards which aid in the monitoring, analysis and investigation of Active Directory® health and performance.

These dashboards provide real-time views into the present state and relationships of the major components in your Active Directory environment, including:

Forests - the top-level object within the Active Directory infrastructure which consists of a group of Active Directory domains.
Domains - a partition of the Active Directory forest used to implement directory security and manage resources.
Sites - a logical grouping of computers within Active Directory that have reliable connectivity.
Domain Controllers (DCs) - a server that is running a Windows Server® operating system and has Active Directory (or Active Directory Domain Services) installed, which is tasked with managing a replica of an Active Directory domain.

This section explains how to access the Active Directory dashboards, describes the layout of each dashboard, and explains how to navigate through the embedded views of each dashboard.

For a description of the metrics captured in each of the embedded views, see Foglight for Active Directory views.

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