Capacity Planning Tool(s)/Log Parsing

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We are currently in the process of compiling reporting in order to make some projections with our cloud/storage environment.  However, we currently have no baseline(s) in place, with regards to monitoring software.  Does anyone have any recommendations/suggestions to gather/compile information based on event logs, etc. for predictive analytics (i.e. data transfer, SQL transactions, etc.)?  Looking for the most common/specific counters for IIS, FTP, and SQL traffic.
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i think you need two approaches to cover your whole requirements on capacity planning and monitoring.

at first, the static approach, a set of tools for capacity planning based on official or unofficial best practices on given OS and application platforms. for Windows OS and MS application servers, see below the MSDN article giving an overall considerations for an enterprise environment. the article is a bit of outdated on the products but the principles are the same for today.

Tools for Capacity Planning

the second is a dynamic approach, to monitor the related servers against given counters as you mentioned. be aware that this commonly is not based on event logs as there is no significant performance information available in the logs. instead, you need to run Windows Performance Monitor to provide a visual display of built-in performance counters, either in real time or as a way to review historical data (which is the data source for your baselines).

Overview of Windows Performance Monitor 

just hope it helps,
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