For organizations that depend on SharePoint to support and simplify everyday business activities, the use of SharePoint monitoring tools can make a substantial difference in the day-to-day performance of their SharePoint solutions as well as employee productivity.
Due to the distributed nature of the SharePoint environment and the sheer number of enabling components and services, troubleshooting and optimizing performance can be a daunting task for time-strapped IT operations teams. Identifying the source of SharePoint performance issues typically requires investments of time, knowledge, and substantial experience. For some organizations, relying on the wrong set of SharePoint monitoring tools actually complicates problem diagnosis and hurts application performance.
Microsoft offers a number of built-in or independently available add-on monitoring tools for SharePoint deployments including SharePoint Health Analyzer and SharePoint Developer Dashboard. These SharePoint monitoring tools can be used to conduct periodic health checks on different aspects of the SharePoint environment and are handy when problems arise.
Health Analyzer, for example, is accessible from the Central Administration console and offers possible solutions when errors are detected. Timer Jobs and the Reporting function are built-in SharePoint monitoring tools that can be employed to regularly collect data on the status of various server and system resources. Other tools provided by Microsoft and commonly used for SharePoint monitoring purposes include Windows PowerShell, Windows Management Instrumentation, and SQL Server Reporting Services.
Although helpful for some, there are disadvantages to relying on vendor-provided SharePoint monitoring tools. Some of these tools rely on logging, which may affect system performance and requires additional server configuration and scheduling—not to mention sifting through volumes of logging data. Other SharePoint monitoring tools have a steep learning curve, necessitating training, certain skills, and/or previous experience.
Dynatrace for SharePoint is an easy-to-use performance monitoring solution for SharePoint environments. Leveraging our expertise in enterprise application management, which includes Citrix and SAP monitoring, and our experience developing UX-driven web app monitoring solutions, we have created SharePoint monitoring tools that are lightweight yet powerful.
Equipped with our patented PurePath Technology, Dynatrace allows you to follow transactions across the entire SharePoint application delivery chain, giving you visibility into the health, availability, and impact on overall SharePoint performance of every service, tier, and component. Out-of-the-box dashboards let you zoom in to the level of detail you need to locate hotspots in the SharePoint architecture, examine the health of your host servers and IIS processes, and find problematic APIs or Web Parts. Use Dynatrace User Experience Management dashboards to identify users having trouble, isolate the root cause of broken or slow transactions, and implement fixes before workflows are further interrupted.