LS Archiving Test

Archiving in Skype for Business Server 2013 provides a way for you to archive communications that are sent through Skype for Business Server 2013. The following types of content can be archived:

  • Peer-to-peer instant messages
  • Conferences (meetings), which are multiparty instant messages
  • Conference content, including uploaded content (for example, handouts) and event-related content (for example, joining, leaving, uploading sharing, and changes in visibility)
  • Whiteboards and polls shared during a conference

Archiving is automatically installed on each Front End Server when you deploy the server, but Archiving is not enabled until you configure it. The Archiving feature includes the following components:

Archiving agents. Archiving agents (also known as unified data collection agents) are installed and activated automatically on every Front End pool and Standard Edition server. Although archiving agents are activated automatically, no messages are actually captured until Archiving is enabled and appropriately configured.

Archiving data storage. Data storage for Skype for Business Server 2013 can be either of the following:

  • Archiving using Microsoft Exchange integration - If you have users who are homed on Exchange 2013 and their mailboxes have been put on In-Place Hold, you can select the option to integrate Skype for Business Server 2013 storage with Exchange storage. If you choose the Microsoft Exchange integration option, you use Exchange 2013 policies and configurations to control the archiving of Skype for Business Server 2013 data for those users.
  • Archiving using Skype for Business Server Archiving databases - If you have users who are not homed on Exchange 2013 or who have not had their mailboxes put on In-Place Hold, or if you don’t want to use Microsoft Exchange integration for any or all users in your deployment, you can deploy Skype for Business Server Archiving databases using SQL Server to store Archiving data for those users. In this case, Skype for Business Server 2013 Archiving policies and configurations determine whether Archiving is enabled and how it is implemented. To use Skype for Business Server 2013, you must add the appropriate SQL Server databases to your topology and publish the topology.

This test monitors the archiving pattern of the Microsoft Skype for Business and provides you with the numerical statistics of the following information:

  • The messages that failed validation;
  • The messages that were dropped;
  • The messages that failed to be written to the backend database server and
  • The messages that were sent for archiving.

Using this test, administrators can easily identify technical glitches in the Microsoft Skype for Business that caused issues which eventually led to message processing deficiencies.

Target of the test : A Microsoft Skype for Business server

Agent deploying the test : An internal/remote agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for the target Microsoft Skype for Business server that is to be monitored.

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameters Description

Test Period

How often should the test be executed.

Host

The host for which the test is to be configured.

Port

The port at which the specified host listens. The default port is 5060.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Messages for which validation failed

Indicates the number of messages that failed validation.

Number

A low value is desired for this measure. A rapid increase in the value of this measure may indicate the presence of malformed messages in the message queue.

Messages dropped from MSMQ queue

Indiactes the number of messages that were dropped from the MSMQ queue.

Number

 

Messages failed to be written to DB

Indicates the number of messages that failed to be written to the backend database server.

Number

A low value is desired for this measure. A sudden/gradual increase in this value is a cause of concern which clearly indicates the failure of the service that is responsible for writing the messages to the database.

Archived messages

Indicates the number of messages that were sent for archiving to the Archiving Message queue.

Number

A high value is desired for this measure.