A fundamental element of a successful server monitoring and optimization strategy is a clear, concise monitoring process that delivers meaningful management information that ensures applicable SLR’s are met. Intelligent Decisions determined that analyzing historical data along with current data significantly increases the success of a monitoring architecture. Our monitoring procedure is not limited to an engineer or administrator simply looking at and reporting on irregularities from a management console. It is a measurable behavior assessed against a performance baseline. Implementing Federal regulations (FISMA, NIST, etc.) helps end-users, system administrators, and system owners develop an effective monitoring policy. Our team is using this approach in developing and documenting monitoring procedures that meet client requirements and adhere to defined policies.