As I am sure some people know about this installable gem, I am also sure that not everyone does. Its called “Windows Server 2003 Performance Advisor” Here is an insert from Microsoft’s website…
“Microsoft ® Windows Server ™ 2003 Performance Advisor is the latest version of Server Performance Advisor, which is a simple but robust tool that helps you diagnose the root causes of performance problems in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 deployment. Server Performance Advisor collects performance data and generates comprehensive diagnostic reports that give you the data to easily analyze problems and develop corrective actions
Microsoft ® Windows Server ™ 2003 Performance Advisor provides several specialized reports, including a System Overview (focusing on CPU usage, Memory usage, busy files, busy TCP clients, top CPU consumers) and reports for server roles such as Active Directory, Internet Information System (IIS), DNS, Terminal Services, SQL, print spooler, and others.”
This application was deemed so useful that it was built into Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, it can be found by going to the control panel, then clicking on “Administrative Tools”, “Reliability and Performance Monitor”, then “Data Collector Sets”. You can then create a new “Data Collector Set” using templates under “User Defined” If you would like to see how they are configured and work, check out Petri’s article “Performance Monitoring the Easy Way”.
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