I just got an alert from my SBS 2003 server that I'm hoping someone could help me ascertain the reason/s. Here is the alert message:
'The processor is experiencing a low level of idle time. Consistently low levels of idle time can cause performance problems. Use Task Manager to view the top processes by CPU. If a service or less important process appears to be unusual, try stopping and then restarting it. You can disable this alert or change its threshold by using the Change Alert Notifications task in the Server Management Monitoring and Reporting taskpad.'
After reading this thread - http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/Q_21709242.html
The alert seemed to be caused by services 'hogging' the processor as displayed in the performance report using 100% cpu time. This is what makes my alert seem strange to me - the top 5 processor services displayed in my report were just;
upsis - 5.8 %
svchost - 2.0 %
StorServ - 1.5 %
wmiprvse - 1.0 %
services - 0.9 %
However, when I look at task manager of the server the 'System Idle Process' is hovering between 60-75. What does this mean and should I be concerned?