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Which Perfmon object/counter to monitor Active Directory?

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Our company has recently implemented Active Directory.  Everything about the network performance is OK except for directory access.  Anytime I open, close, or browse folders or files I encounter long delays.

I would like to keep track of the time wasted accessing folders so I can provide our IS folks hard data so they will hopefully improve the AD configuration.

What 'perfmon' object(s)/counter(s) should I monitor to get this hard data?  Is there something that measures the time between clicking on a folder and having that folder fully expand?  Or the time between clicking to open/close a file and having it actually open/close?

Thanks.
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i dont think it is possible to calculate exact time taken to open and close a file.

Right thing to do would be see the system monitor on the server which I guess has to be done by your IS guys. But however, if it is just a problem with your computer, you can do the system monitor on your local machine as well.

Go to your control panel --> Admin tools --> performance .. you should see the performance console open.

click on the system monitor on the left hand side an see the graph on the right, then you should be able to find all the data like pages/ sec , disk queue etc. You can also set the log files here in the format you want.

click on counter log and then on the right hand side, double click the objet which will open configure window. then configure it.

I again say that this should be done on the server, since the performance of server is in question. You might want to coordinate with your IS people.
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This is a problem experienced by all of us.  Our theory is that although they have spreadout the AD across several servers, they have a single server doing all of the permissions checking.  This is probably the bottleneck which causes most folder/file operations to hang or slow-up.

Monitoring this "permissions" server would be a good idea, but it may not be politically correct to suggest they do something which they should already know they should be doing!

As far as using perfmon on my PC:  There are LOTS and LOTS of objects and counters to select from.  Do you have any idea which would be the closest to measuring poor directory access performance?
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