In Windows we can create server baselines so we have something to compare our systems to when something does go wrong. Do you use server baselines? You can create a baseline in Windows 2003 by doing the following:
We will need to create a log file that contains the performance data generated by the counters. To create a log file open up your performance console. You can do this by going to Start –> Run –>MMC. Then choose file, add remove snap-in. Then select performance monitor.
Then right click on the counter object in the left and select new log setting. Name it something appropriate. This opens the dialog box where you add your counters and intervals for scanning. Select the appropriate counters such as Disk queue length, processor time and any others you want to keep track of.
After you have your baseline save it for when you need it. When disaster strikes you will wish you had one! Take our advice and baseline your boxes today.