SQL Benchmarking - Throughput and Response Time Analysis

Hello,
I need to do some Benchmarking and first establish some baseline performance metrics.
What are the steps involved.

Requirements: Replication from Production system (OLTP) DB Server   TO  a BI / Reporting  DB Server, both running SQL Server 2008.

I want to Benchmark Throughput, Response Time, and establish baseline performance measures, then as the transaction increase and system grows over time I can do some trending and analysis.
I know that Benchmarking involves COMPARISION of performance between two systems or entities.  Could someone help me get started.

Secondly, is there a SQL SCRIPT or Program that I could use to do data collection and measurements OR do you have to by a Tool or Benchmark application?
lwilliams1809Asked:
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Mark WillsTopic AdvisorCommented:
Big topic, because there are more than a few possible approaches and depends on how much you want to do, how familiar you are with the various performance counters, how well versed you are with T-SQL (and tools), or how much budget you have.

Being a basically lazy person with some budgets, I would normally look for a third party product that specialises in such matters. They tend to be able to produce the comparison reports, graphs and charts etc... So, the laziness comes into the presentation layer of the captured information :)

So, first start by having a look at some of the activities available via SQL Server : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms179428(v=sql.100).aspx

Then have a look at some of the third party tools : http://www.idera.com/SQL-Server/SQL-diagnostic-manager/ or http://www.red-gate.com/products/dba/sql-monitor/ to name but two of the several commercial products.

There is also a pretty good series about perfmon which gives a few more insights into which counters and why... http://sqlblog.com/blogs/kevin_kline/archive/2008/03/28/the-most-important-performance-monitor-counters-for-sql-server.aspx
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