Server Performance Monitoring

Matthew Emery
Matthew Emery used Ask the Experts™
Hi all

I have been asked to monitor the performance of 2 servers with regards to RAM, CPU, IO, Network Usage.

I'd like to be able to get a snapshot of these for about 2 hours and perhaps export to excel.

Can anyone recommend a tool for doing this?

I have been exploring the use of the built in performance monitor but not been able to figure out how to get decent data out of it over a few hours.
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Dell's DPACK is a great tool to use for this
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Open performance monitor (perfmon.msc), in the "data collector sets" there is the "system" group which has the "system performance" set.
By default this set monitors and logs everything you need and then some.
You can create a new User Defined Set and customize it. Go to user defined, Right click anywhere and select new -> Data collector set, and follow the wizard (new from template is ok).
Choose Which data you want by right clicking on "performance Counter".
Now right click -> Properties on the Data set you just created, goto stop condition tab and choose 2 days.

After you have collected everything open the report with system monitor, right click on the graph and choose "save data as" and in the dialog choose .csv .

Open the file in Excel and you're done..

EDIT : some more info on technet.

Hope it helps.
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Excellent, thanks for all of the recommendations.

I am going to try and utilize the built in monitor first so I'm not installed extrac 3rd party software.

Panagiotis - I am nearly there just trying to find that last point where it says 'save data as' but it's probably really obvious when I find it.
Panagiotis ToumpaniarisSystem Architect
Once you have done the monitoring stuff..
Perfmon save data as
Select the report that you have created obviously!


Again, thank you for the quick and very helpful feedback.  Currently got a 2 hour scheduled monitor running with basic settings as a test before tweaking.

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