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Performance Monitor Help

Performance Monitor Help

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Windows Performance Monitor
The performance monitor, or system monitor, is a utility used to track a range of processes and give a real time graphicaldisplay of the results, on a Windows 2003 system. This tool can be used to assist you with the planning of upgrades, trackingof processes that need to be optimized, monitoring results of tuning and configuration scenarios, and the understanding of aworkload and its effect on resource usage to identify bottlenecks.Bottlenecks can occur on practically any element of the network and may becaused by a malfunctioning resource, the systemnot having enough resources, a program that dominates a particular resource. In fact, 40% network utilization is considered a bottleneck.Using perfmon will help to identify these bottlenecks and allow you to take action.It can be opened by navigating to the performance icon in the administrative tools folder in the control panel, from the startmenu or by typing perfmon.msc in the run box.
System Monitor
Adding a counter
Right click anywhere on the graph and choose Add Counter.The Add Counter box consists of the following options:
Computer: The source system of the object. You can choose to select the local computer or another computer on your network - type \\computer_name in the appropriate box.
Object: The subsystem of interest. This refers to the virtual part of the computer that you want to monitor. Memory,Processor or Network Interface, for example.
Counter: The aspect of performance of interest. This refers to what parts of the object you want to monitor - theydiffer depending on the object.
Instance: The specific object to be measured when multiple objects of the same type exist on a single system. For example, if you go to the Process performance object, the instances list will display all the active processes on thespecified computer.
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The above image shows the Add Counters window.
System monitor properties
Right click anywhere on the graph and choose Properties. This brings up the System Monitor Properties window that willallow you to customize the appearance and settings. You can change the view to graph, report or histogram style, themonitoring time interval and the colour of the counter lines, amongstothers.
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The above screenshots shows the general tab of the system monitor properties.
Using the monitor for network related performance.
The performance monitor can be a great tool to help with investigating the performance of your network. You are able tomonitor things such as the Network Interface, TCP, UDP packet flow, terminal services sessions, and ICMP, amongst others.You can then compare the collected data and keep it as a record or use it for problem analysis.In my example I have chosen to use the Network Interface as the performance object.The following counters were added:Current Bandwidth – to display the amount of bandwidth the network interface has.Packets/Sec – to display the amount of packets transferred per second.Bytes Total/Sec – to display the total amount of bytes per second.The image below displays a graph of network activity that took place within the space of five minutes. The purple linerepresents the number of packets per second, the yellow line represents the total bytes per second and the light green lineshows how much bandwidth is available.To simulate this activity I navigated to a share on another computer on thenetwork and browsed through the folders.
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