Posted On: Jan 18, 2022

Now you can easily and automatically setup monitoring, alarms and dashboards for your Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft SharePoint setups running on AWS with CloudWatch Application Insights. CloudWatch Application Insights is a service that helps customers monitor and troubleshoot their enterprise applications running on AWS resources. The new feature adds automatic discovery of Active Directory and SharePoint workloads, determines their underlying EC2 resources and sets up the metrics, telemetry and logs for monitoring their health and wellness.

With the new support for Active Directory and SharePoint customers now have an simple path for setting up and managing monitoring for these popular directory and collaboration tools. With Active Directory monitoring, Application Insights monitors over a dozen important performance counter metrics for domain controller utilization such as CPU and Memory and AD specific metrics such as LDAP searches, binds and DNS queries . For SharePoint, Application Insights watches Health Analyzer and Timer Jobs in the Windows Event Logs along with other key Unified Logging System (Uls) and IIS Log events and metrics. Based on the insights provided by these metrics, you can decide to deploy or remove additional domain controllers, modify the instances running the services (i.e. add memory or compute) or determine the root cause of issues.

Amazon CloudWatch Application Insights provides automated observability setup for your enterprise applications and underlying AWS resources and can be accessed via the Insights tab in CloudWatch left panel. It creates Amazon CloudWatch Automatic Dashboards to visualize problem details, accelerate troubleshooting, and help reduce mean time to resolution. Amazon CloudWatch Application Insights is available in all AWS commercial regions at no additional charge. Depending on setup, you may incur charges for Amazon CloudWatch monitoring resources. To learn more about Amazon CloudWatch Application Insights, please review the documentation.