SBS2008 Performance

A sbs2008 Server is running really slow at times
It has SQL 2008 running, its not a very large data base
Appart from that its just a data server, it doesn't do mail.

Is there a way I can see what is using the resources and making it sluggish?  I'd prefer to know this when I am not around the office to have a look when its slow?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You can use Performance Monitor (System Monitor) to create a log of performance over time.  You'll need to specify what, exactly, you want to monitor and there are a LOT of options.

Cris HannaCommented:
It would help to give us a basic list of specs for the server:  ram, CPU, disks raid controller and number of users
schas123Author Commented:
Hi, no probs.

E5506 @ 2.13Ghz 2.13 GHz (2 Processors)
4GB Ram
Raid 5 (3 x 500GB)
5 Users
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Cris HannaCommented:
You need up the Ram x4
16 GB of ram is really the bare minimum to truly run a SBS Server...Exchange or not

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Not sure I agree that RAM at 16 GB is required for 2008... I certainly wouldn't say it's a bad idea... but I do concur that 4 GB is WAAAAAY TOOO LOW!  You want AT LEAST 8 in my opinion.  Given the cost of RAM, I WOULD go to 16 because more RAM won't hurt and should help (More CPU likely won't help).

Also, look at your disks - are they 7.2K RPM or 10K or 15K or SSD?  Disk is one of the slowest parts of the system.  (BUT, the FIRST thing I'd replace or rather do, is upgrade the RAM).
WORKS2011Austin Tech CompanyCommented:
Is this a manufacture like Dell or HP? If so run the diagnostics for example if Dell download and run OpenMange.

Hardware or Software RAID?  I would never run software RAID with SBS.

Agree memory should be at least 8G or anything higher even better.
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