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Windows Performance Monitoring to show resource availability

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I am attempting to resolve an intermittent logon problem at a small to medium client site (usually earlier in the morning). They are also having occasional connectivity issues to their Exchange server throughout the day. I would like to ensure there are no resource issues on the servers that could be causing these problems.

Are there any other steps or items that should be monitored in addition to those below?:
CPU Utilisation
Network Bandwidth Usage
RAM Usage
Disk Access

Thanks & Rgds,
Jason
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by:MorganStanley
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Hi!

Use the sysinternals programs. For network, use tcpview, for proc and ram, use procexptn. All can be downloaded free from www.sysinternals.com

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Thanks MorganStanley, will any of these interfere when I'm using Ethereal to capture at the same time?

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No, it will not interfere with any used programs. I use this programs on my productie Win2K3 server and it works fine. Also procexptn can really substitute Task managers, ex. shut down processes wich you can not with TM, etc.

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Many thanks Morgan.  Unless someone disagrees or has a better solution in another 18 hours or so time I'll close the q.
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hi, additionally you should monitor the Server Work Queues - Queue Lenght and availible threads (from Windows Perfromance Monitor). And some other Paramters from the Object: Server (like logons/s, errors System, ...)
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by:lrmoore
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You can download 30 day eval of SolarWinds toolset. It is great for monitoring servers and finding patterns long term - just setup SNMP on them first and you are good to go.
http://www.solarwinds.net/Tools/Engineer/index.htm

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by:MorganStanley
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Jochen is right, you can also use the performance monitor supplied by Windows. Its fairly good and shows you a lot of information. If you intend to manage the machine also from remote, I advise RemotelyAnywhere - it has nice statistics about basicly everything. Another option is to put MRTG on the server - install an SNMP server, jail it down to local and there you have your opwn MRTG for bandwith.

SolarWinds is good as well - only tested it for a few weeks, it has a lot of network functions which may come handy at some times.

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Many thanks all, will go with MS perfmon and give the other suggestions some testing.
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