Posted by: Troy Tate
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Microsoft has released the File Server Capacity Tool (32-bit) v1.0 (64-bit here). This command line tool (no user GUI is available) is for testing server capacity and identifying performance bottlenecks. This is NOT a beginner tool and should be used in a test lab environment. The tool will format the data test volume without asking for confirmation Be sure to read the step-by-step documentation included with the tool and understand the options before running.
One of the differences between this tool and previous capacity testing tools is that this tool has increased flexibility to permit the tester to build automated test scenarios. The test scenario included with v1.0 is the HomeFolders workload. This simulates users accessing a server used primarily as storage for home folders. The tool will also capture specified performance monitoring counters.
For additional support on the FSCT, visit the Microsoft forum on FCST.
Let other ITKE readers know if this tool is useful and how you used it to do your job.
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