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SBS2008 Performance

schas123 asked
Last Modified: 2014-08-14
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 Advisor
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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 HannaSr IT Support Engineer

It would help to give us a basic list of specs for the server:  ram, CPU, disks raid controller and number of users


Hi, no probs.

E5506 @ 2.13Ghz 2.13 GHz (2 Processors)
4GB Ram
Raid 5 (3 x 500GB)
5 Users
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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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).
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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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