Where are my Exchange 2016 Performance Counters?

So in my lab, I’ve got a handful of Exchange Servers and I’m monitoring them with my SolarWinds Orion Server. I did all the basics that I normally do when troubleshooting an Application Template that doesn’t seem to be pulling data properly and then I finally got on the server itself and checked for the … Read more

How I Build an Orion Server

UPDATE: There’s an updated version of this post now available for scripters.

I’ve posted several times about how I personally build my SolarWinds Orion Servers.  For this post, I’ll just discuss how I setup a Main Polling Engine on a Windows 2012 R2 Server.

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Creating a Windows Server Hard Drive “Template” for Hyper-V

This may not be the “official” way to create a template for Hyper-V according to Microsoft, but if you are running in an environment without SCCM or WDS (or on your personal machine), I’ve found that this process works very well.

This is fairly simple list of tasks, but it’s very long.  Thankfully, you’ll only need to do this once and then you can re-use the image as many times as you like.  I update mine once a quarter (to get the newest updates).

Tweak where it’s appropriate for your build.

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