Monitoring Performance of a server at times of peak usage

Hi Guys,

One of our clients have a server which is SBS 2011 server which is running on 8GB RAM and some SATA hard-disks.

I have noticed that during times of peak usage server performance is too slow and when I rdp into the server it is excruciatingly slow to respond to clicks etc.

I am trying to give the clients concrete evidence on this, so that they can justify upgrading it.

So, basically I am looking for a free software that will help me monitor server performance in peak hours and report back logs to me in graphical format that I can take back to them as evidence.

Thanks in advance
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manav08Asked:
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strivoliCommented:
Use the Windows built-in (free) performance monitor.
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manav08Author Commented:
I am sorry this is too much work. I need a software that will constantly monitor it during peak hours when I cannot be remoted into server and send me some graphs on performance.

Have used Performance monitor.
It is too much work to tune it to send such reports.
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Pradeep DubeyConsultantCommented:
you can use PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) for the same.
see the below link for details :
http://www.petri.co.il/analyze-windows-performance-logs.htm

download link :
http://pal.codeplex.com/releases/view/10274
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DavidPresidentCommented:
This data can be accessed via WMI as well, but you either have to do this yourself, buy a commercial product (and figure out which one you like) .. or pay a developer to write exactly what you want to see.

Either way, if it is too much effort for you to do this yourself you'll pay some money. i suggest specing out a small project and posting it on guru.com and give it a reasonable budget.  Lots of programmers from the Ukraine, India, and other countries where going rate is $8/hr monitor it.  You should be able to get exactly what you need for very little money.
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manav08Author Commented:
Pradeep,

Pal seems only for xp and 32 bit os. So no use to me
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Pradeep DubeyConsultantCommented:
I know but ppls are using its latest version in 2k8 R2 as well. see the below link:
http://pal.codeplex.com/workitem/24575


latest version can be download from below link :
http://pal.codeplex.com/downloads/get/714109
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JaihuntCommented:
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dipopoCommented:
Use NAgios/Icinga free and it does everything, you will need to be linux savvy to configure it though.
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manav08Author Commented:
Hi Guys,

These are not the answers I was expecting, I was more after a toool
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manav08Author Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for manav08's comment #a39494935

for the following reason:

Not what I was expecting from EE members
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DavidPresidentCommented:
The user asked for free software, and several were provided.  If they are "not what I was expecting" … then author should provide some constraints or be more specific.

But regardless, this was answered within the constraints of the original question.
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manav08Author Commented:
Jarmod1,

As the question says "I am looking for a free software that will help me monitor server performance in peak hours and report back logs to me in graphical format that I can take back to them as evidence.".

All tools suggested hereby do not fit my requirement as they are not able to record the analysis in real time and report back the peak usage between a certain number of hours.  It surely can be done but the input I feel I received on this question was not from people who have tooo much experience with this and were just googling solutions.

I will stick to what I said before, but if you feel someone is worthy of the points here, kindly award them and I wont argue.
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dipopoCommented:
This statement is entirely wrong and means you did not explore the suggestion made.

"All tools suggested hereby do not fit my requirement as they are not able to record the analysis in real time and report back the peak usage between a certain number of hours.  "

http://docs.icinga.org/latest/en/monitoring-windows.html
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DavidPresidentCommented:
Every one of them do have this capability. It has to be configured.   They will record and then one has to look at the results and determine peak usage from the recorded results.

Granted configuration and setup is required, and it is non-trivial.  But you want free.  So some assembly is going to be required.
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