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    Ultrasound - Monitoring and Troubleshooting Tool for File Replication Service (FRS)

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    Ultrasound is a monitoring and troubleshooting tool for the File Replication Service (FRS).
    • Version:

      1.0.4080.0

      File Name:

      Setup_Ultrasound.exe

      Date Published:

      9/9/2008

      File Size:

      3.0 MB

        Ultrasound is a monitoring and troubleshooting tool for the File Replication Service (FRS). FRS is a legacy technology that replicates files and folders that are stored in Distributed File System (DFS) folders or in the System Volume (SYSVOL) folder on domain controllers.

        Note: FRS was replaced by DFS Replication for replicating DFS folders in Windows Server 2003® R2, and for SYSVOL replication in domains using the Windows Server 2008 domain functional mode.

        Ultrasound measures the health of FRS replica sets by providing health ratings and historical information about the replica sets. Ultrasound also allows administrators to monitor the progress of replication and detect problems that can cause replication to become backlogged or stopped.

        There are three components to Ultrasound.
        • WMI providers: These WMI providers are installed on each member of an FRS replica set. They gather FRS status information for the local FRS member and provide the information to the Ultrasound controller, which polls for this information.
        • Ultrasound controller: The Ultrasound controller is the service component of Ultrasound that collects data about FRS members, logs the information in the Ultrasound database, and analyzes the data to look for problems or other issues that require administrator notification or intervention.
        • Ultrasound console: The Ultrasound console is the user interface of Ultrasound controller and is installed on the same computer as the Ultrasound controller. Administrators can use the Ultrasound console to create e-mail alerts for serious problems as well as keep track of changes to the FRS configuration or tasks they performed in response to alerts.

        Release Notes
        • Version 1.0.4080.0 of Ultrasound adds support for monitoring FRS replica sets hosted on servers running Windows Server® 2008. It also allows the use of SQL Server® 2005 as the database for collecting data about monitored replica sets.
        • No new features have been added to Ultrasound in this release.
        • Important Note (Installing on Windows Server 2008, x64 versions)
          To install the Ultrasound Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) provider on an x64 version of Windows Server 2008, you must first install the hotfix that is included in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 954737. Click here to install the hotfix.

    • Supported Operating System

      Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP



        • Requirements for FRS members
          To monitor members of an FRS replica set, you must install the Ultrasound WMI providers on each member of the replica set. In addition to 400 KB of hard disk space, the servers must use a supported operating system.
          For the most reliable and high performance FRS solution, use one of the following operating systems.
          • Windows Server 2008
          • Windows Server 2003 with SP1 or SP2
          • Windows® 2000 Server with SP4 and the Update Rollup Pack 1 installed

          Important Note
          To install the Ultrasound Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) provider on an x64 version of Windows Server 2008, you must first install the hotfix that is included in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 954737. Click here to install the hotfix.

          The minimum supported operating system that Ultrasound can monitor is Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 2 with the hotfix that is described in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 322141, "Ntfrs.exe Does Not Clean Up the Staging Folders on Members with No Outbound Partners in Windows 2000." However, later service pack releases offer significant FRS performance and reliability improvements. Therefore, we recommend that all members of a replica set use one of the above listed operating systems. The following operating systems are also acceptable if you cannot install later service packs or updates.
          • Windows Server 2003 with the pre-Service Pack 1 release of Ntfrs.exe as described in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 823230
          • Windows 2000 Server with SP4


        • Requirements for Ultrasound controller and console
          The Ultrasound controller and console have the following requirements.
          • Hardware requirements
            • Video adapter: The Ultrasound console (the user interface component of Ultrasound) is designed for viewing in 1024x768 or higher resolution.
            • Hard disk space: Ultrasound has the following hard disk space requirements:
              • The WMI provider: 400 KB
              • Ultrasound controller: 1.5 MB
              • Ultrasound console: 2.5 MB
              • Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE): 100 MB
                MSDE is installed separately from Ultrasound. The initial size of the Ultrasound database is 5 MB and it grows depending on the number and size of the replica sets that you monitor. MSDE has a 2 GB database size limit.

          • Operating system requirements
            The Ultrasound controller can be installed on 32-bit versions of the following operating systems:
            • Windows Vista®
            • Windows® XP
            • Windows Server 2008
            • Windows Server 2003
            • Windows 2000 SP4 and above

          • Additional software requirements
            The system that is running the Ultrasound console must have the following software installed:
            • .NET Framework version 1.1: This is included in Windows Server 2003, or can be downloaded separately. The .NET Framework 1.1 can be installed on Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional, and Windows 2000 (with SP4 recommended).
            • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.6: This is included in Windows Server 2003, or can be installed separately. Note that MDAC is automatically upgraded to version 2.6 when you install MSDE.
            • MSDE or Microsoft SQL Server: You must install a database server separately before you install the Ultrasound controller. You can download and install Microsoft® SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE), which is available for free or you can use SQL Server 2000 with SP3a.
              The 1.0.4080.0 version of Ultrasound can also be installed on SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server Express Edition 2005.

      • Installing Ultrasound

        To install Ultrasound, use the following procedure.
        • Install MSDE or Microsoft SQL Server as well as any required software or operating system updates.
        • Click the Download link to start the download.
        • Select a location on your computer to save the file, and then click Save.
        • In Windows Explorer, go to the location where you saved the downloaded file, double-click the file to start the installation process, and then follow the instructions.
          The downloaded file is a self-extracting executable (.exe) file. By running the file, you install the tool and documentation on your computer.

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