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Monitoiring a 2003 server over a week

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We are trying to problem solve a slow network issue and phase one it to monitor the SQL server and domain controller. I have 4 members of the team noting when the network is slow over a period of a week. What I need is to be able to refer these times against a graph that shows times when the above servers were under heavy usage for Disk queues, processor, memory and SQL queues.

I have played around with the built in performance manager in 2003 which seem really good, but this shows a very small graph and no time lines, which makes it impossible to compare the data I get from the team to what has actually been happening on the servers.

Can someone recommend a better monitoring software solution or help me setup the built in system so I can easily view the data over a week.
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by:Acosta Technology Services
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Power Admin makes good monitoring software that will get you the data you're looking for.

http://www.poweradmin.com/ServerMonitor/

It is designed for Enterprise use but can easily be scaled down for use on a single machine.
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I like Solar Winds. You can get a free demo - http://www.solarwinds.com/products/orion/
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Have you created a log in Performance Monitor?
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Hi,

I would like to be able to resolve this issue with free software as I will need to put a business case together and wait 6 month before anything that cost money is used on the network. With regards to the logs I have setup a counter log but this seem to only show the current activity and there are no times which is all important so I can make comparisons.

Baz
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Your best bet would be to analysis the data using Perfon on Vista, 2008, or win7.  these will allow you to highlight the point and a pop up box will show you the value and time.

On XP and 2003 and below it is a bit tricky.

right click on the background of the graph
Select properties
Select Source
Move the windows so you can see the chart underneath
Move one of the time range slide bar ( you should notice a light gray vertical line on you chart) untill it is on top of your peak.
Note the time in the properties windows.
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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I suggest you play around some more with Performance Monitor and learn its features.  If you create a log file, you can then open the log file and obtain data from it instead of the "current" data.

See the screen shot - note the times of collection at the bottom of the open dialog box.
 Performance Monitor - Opening Log
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Hi Lee,

I have just noticed I can change it  log in text file which is perfect as I can use excel and make it look nice bla bla, but that is exactly what I need.

Thanks
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