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This category contains the settings for the new Health Analyzer feature, timer jobs, as well as
the reporting capabilities of diagnostic logging, usage and health data collection. Both health
and the usage data collection pertain directly to monitoring SharePoint, whereas timer jobs are
actually the meat and potatoes of what runs SharePoint. So, think of this section as being both
about monitoring tools and about monitoring farm timer job activities. For more about these in
this category, see Chapter 13, “Maintenance and Monitoring.”
SharePoint has a number of moving parts and requires a certain baseline of component
settings to function properly. In previous versions, there was an art to keeping in mind all the little
things that help keep a SharePoint farm healthy.
New to this version of SharePoint, the Health Analyzer is a large set of preset rules that run
against the server on a set schedule (that you can change). These rules, reminiscent of those
found in the SPDiag product available in the SharePoint Administration toolkit V4 (and no
longer found in the kit for 2010, reasonably enough), analyze certain settings or baseline
functions of the SharePoint server or SQL databases to make certain they are not compromising
Health Analyzer notifications are just that—notifications. They generally don’t ix
anything on their own (unless they’re simple enough to ix automatically, which most aren’t);
they simply generate a Health Analyzer problem that indicates whether a rule has been
broken. They come in three flavors: Information, Warning, and Error. If there are any Error
items in the list, a red bar will be generated on the home page of Central Administration
with a link to come directly to the Health Analyzer Review Problems And Solutions page.
Warnings generate a yellow bar.