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Monitor the health and performance of Microsoft Active Directory services.
This Dynatrace extension leverages the WMI protocol to gather all relevant data to constantly monitor the health and performance of Microsoft Active Directory services. While combining all relevant data into pre-configured dashboards, this extension also enables alerting and event tracking.
This is intended for users, who:
This extension enables you to:
This extension has a companion:
This is foundational extension for AD monitoring and there is a companion Active Directory extended monitoring extension available, which supplements the solution with several key metrics, for a complete AD observability pack. For best results, activate both extensions in your environment.
Simply activate this extension using the in-product Dynatrace Hub.
Further reading: broaden your knowledge on Dynatrace extensions in the Dynatrace Documentation:
Note: breaking change. Metric names changed, affecting timeseries continuity, alerts and custom dashboards
Release 3 of the ActiveDirectory extension consolidates metrics from a number of previously available public and custom extensions that targeted ActiveDirectory. Because of the breadth of consolidation (Active Directory services, AD Replication, versions for Extension Framework 1 and 2), we had to unify metric naming and thus define all metrics names from the ground up. We trust you will find them more self-explanatory and easier to use now, as the names are shorter. They are also aligned with the companion extension mentioned earlier.
As a consequence:
add new configuration
Revisit any metric alerts
The Active Directory services extension is built on top of the Extension Framework 2.0 and uses WMI to obtain metrics. Therefore, this extension data set is limited to KPIs available to the WMI queries.
The extension package contains:
Note on some metrics availability:
Windows Server 2022 brought a change to the metrics set returned by the Win32_PerfRawData_Lsa_SecuritySystemWideStatistics class. Because of this change, the AD extension is unable to report on "NTLM Authentications" and "Kerberos Authentications" metrics and these metrics have been removed from the extension. Consequently, these metrics won't be reported also when this extension is activated on earlier Windows servers. More information on this change and reasons behind it can be found on Microsoft KB pages.
A: An estimated formula for DDU consumption of the extension is:
92 * number of Domain Controllers * 525.6 DDUs/year
Typical consumption for a single-domain AD server, hosting one DHCP server and one LDAP instance, amounts to 48,355 DDUs/year. It may be slightly lower if you disable some feature sets in the extension configuration. Compare number of metrics provided in specific feature sets.
DDU cost above does not include any possible Log events or Custom events triggered by the extension. For more information on this, please visit the DDU log event cost and DDU custom event cost pages.
A: Verify whether you have DHCP service running on your AD server. If it is not running - disable DHCP feature set in the extension configuration.
Below is a complete list of the feature sets provided in this version. To ensure a good fit for your needs, individual metrics can be activated and deactivated by your administrator during configuration.
Enhance Active Directory services monitoring with advanced metrics
Release 3 of the ActiveDirectory extension consolidates metrics from a number of previously available public and custom extensions that targeted ActiveDirectory. Because of the breadth of consolidation (Active Directory services, AD Replication, versions for Extension Framework 1 and 2), we had to unify metric naming and thus define all metrics names from the ground up. We trust you will find them more self-explanatory and easier to use now, as the names are shorter.
Removed the following metrics, which had wrong definitions:
Added new metrics for AD DB:
Modified the custom topology and out-of-the-box dashboard to reflect the above changes.
Fixed the included Overview Dashboard.
These metrics were removeed from the dashboard:
These metrics now show up correctly in the dashboard:
Added metrics for:
Added the relevant entities, relationships and screens.
Metrics are now split into more feature sets.
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