Although a collector and an audit store database can be installed on the same computer for evaluation, you should avoid doing so in a production environment. As part of the planning process, therefore, you need to decide where to install collectors and audit store databases. In designing the network topology for the audit and monitoring service installation, there are several factors to consider. For example, you should consider the following:
- Database load and capacity
- Network connectivity
- Port requirements
- Active Directory requirements
The next sections provide guidelines and recommendations to help you decide where to install the collectors and audit store databases required to support the number of computers you plan to audit.