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I have a terminal server that is running on a vmware box. They also have and exchange server running on that same box.

Dell has, in the past, helped me use perfmon to gather logs to see what performance issues we were having. I do not have that same level of service on this machine.

Can someone help me put some monitoring something on the server and then read the logs to see why things are bogging down multiple times each day.

The slowness is always felt in Outlook and specifically the calendar. Each person on the terminal server, about 10-15 people at a time, has all of the other peoples calendars open all of the time.
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Aaron TomoskyDirector, SD-WAN Solutions

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Software: vcenter server. 60 day free trial ;)
From experience I'd start looking at disk io. From within windows you can look at the resource monitor and see the disk queue length and other io bottlenecks.

What disk setup is in your server now?

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6x1TB 7200RPM Disk in a RAID 50 array
will install vcenter shortly.
How can I see queue length in resource monitor? I did not see that as an available column.
Aaron TomoskyDirector, SD-WAN Solutions

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taskmanager, resource monitor, disk tab.
click the storage bar and it shows the disks, I have "disk queue length" as the last column. If it's not there, right click the header and choose select columns and check all of them.
Aaron TomoskyDirector, SD-WAN Solutions

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raid 50 sounds weird, I've only ever used 1,5,6,10 for servers. I thought 10 was best for speed... But thats not really my area of expertise.

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we use 50 all over the place and have never had any issues. Better performance than RAID 5 and more available space than 10.

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got it. It is hovering between 0 and .05

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I am looking for more of a tool that I can set to run during the work day and then examine logs to see what was causing issues.
Director, SD-WAN Solutions
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vcenter server has performance over time charts for the server and the vm. It's not cheap but the trial is fully functional.
Aaron TomoskyDirector, SD-WAN Solutions

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Also check out veeam one. It's free and a nice complement to any vmware stuff