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Hi Guys

Can anyone recommend a good server bench marking tool that can run within Windows 2003, we have a server thats performing very slowly, e.g. 1GB file takes 13mins to copy from one partition to the other, its under warranty and we are getting a new server with same spec and I want to run some benchmarks on the old system and on the new one to make sure theres a improvement.

I've already run HD Tach but am looking for something that covers a lot more.

Many thanks
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ENVy compares the environments of two or more PCs and presents a color-annotated display of the results. ENVy compares tens of thousands of computer-wide settings such as with Internet Explorer, Network Config, ACL Permissions, Drivers, Devices, Environment Variables, Services, System Information, Startup Commands, Hardware, BIOS, User Groups, User Accounts, Installed Software and more... When you need to find out what is different between two supposedly identical machines, ENVy will get you there fast.

Link: http://www.zorinsoft.com/
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by:michko
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PassMark is quite handy and has a free 30 day eval period:
http://www.passmark.com/products/pt.htm

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Carlsberg, we're after performance testing not just gathering information?

I've had a look at passmark and it seems to be more geared towards PC's , ideally want something that has tests more suited to servers.
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by:dlethe
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Actually a benchmarking tool is relatively useless since your system is already bogged down with it's own "benchmarks".  i.e., the load is there.  You need to figure out the bottleneck.  Benchmarking utilities only provide a load to create a bottleneck.

Perfmon is a wonderful thing.  It is free, and all you have to do is invoke it.  It will look into network, disk, cpu, memory, interrupts.  Then you need some good online documentation for identifying bottlenecks using perfmon.  There are zillions of documents from IBM Redbooks on tuning win2003 databases, to networking, heck thousands of pages on IBM alone for free.  But really all you need to do is google perfmon tuning win2003 and you'll find plenty of articles as good starting point.
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I have to agree with @dlethe - the time to benchmark is before you encounter issues, when the machine has a fresh installation. Once you have done that you'll have a baseline and will have something to compare results to at a later when you have issues and need to find out what has changed, that aside try this http://www.it-etc.com/2010/04/14/use-perfmon-to-monitor-servers-and-find-bottlenecks/
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by:BigSchmuh
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Prime95 will stress test the CPU
Memtest86+ will stress test the RAM
IOMeter will stress test the IO subsystem
Many tools can do a Network stress test
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Thanks Guys I will look at those and get back to you
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split points on all experts. every one of them mentioned benchmarks and/or reasons when to use them.  
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