Windows capacity performance and availability monitoring

1) Are there any useful free tools that you can run locally on a windows 2008 server to identify any issues with capacity performance availability, and produce a nice summary report? Or at least produce an assurance report that things are ok?

2) What could an auditor look for procedure wise to ensure your admins are doing effective perforamnce/capacity/availability monitoring and management? HOw can you check they are doing the job properly? What would you look for?
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Dirk KotteConnect With a Mentor SECommented:
you can use the performance-monitor to check the current state of your server(s).
Perfom can run localy and is able to monitore other servers also.
So you can check the over all state of your servers.
perfmon can monitors HDD usage (disk queue length) CPU parameters, memory usage and caching and many other things.
perfmon is included within the windows OS.
The monitoring/reports can be started from taskplaner periodically.

if you need more historical monitoring i would suggest using of NAGIOS/ICINGA with agents at the servers (free)
or PRTG.

Citrix edgesight is a great monitoring and alerting tool also.

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ask the admins for perforamnce/capacity/availability data from the last week compared to the last month. But without proper tools the admins are blind and can react more than act.
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