The Professor, with the wrench, in the kitchen.
Windows Server Performance Monitoring is like playing a game of Clue. You have to find who, what, and where. The two greatest tools for any good detective is his brain and magnifying glass. As a System Admin, you already have the brain part and Goverlan Remote Control is your techno-magnifying glass.
Goverlan Remote Control Monitoring View.
The Goverlan Monitoring View allows you to view the screen as well as performance counters all in one dashboard. Imagine a user calls and is complaining that a line of business application runs reports very slowly. Now imagine you can create a monitoring view to see all three tiers of this LOB application, the client, the processing server, and database server or perhaps your distributed Exchange Servers.
Setting up Monitoring View for Server Performance Monitoring.
Goverlan Remote Control has a handy Favorites section that allows you organize your resources in a logical manner. One trick is to create a folder based on the servers involved in a LOB application. For example create a folder called Finance Report System. Then add all of the servers that are involved in this process such as a middle tier and database tier server.
You can then right click the folder at any time and select Open Session on Group –> Remote Control Session.
This will open the monitoring view based on the computers in that favorite’s folder.
Here you can see the middle and backend server of our Finance Reporting System LOB application.
We can then use the heat map counters to identify possible performance issues for the servers you are monitoring.
You can add or remove performance counters as necessary. I suggest you keep the basics (CPU %, Memory %, Disk Free Space %, Disk Activity % and Network Activity %).
Deeper Windows Performance Monitoring
The Monitoring View helped figure out what server was having performance issues and even let us know what resource was causing the bottleneck. Now how do we figure out what process or application is causing the issues? Simple. The Goverlan Remote Task Manager.
The Goverlan Remote Task Manager
The Goverlan Remote Task Manager is like the Swiss army knife of task managers. It allows you to take an even deeper look and provides performance information is meaningful way. Take a look our in-depth blog on the Goverlan Task Manager for detailed information. http://blog.goverlan.com/2013/03/goverlan-remote-administration-suite-not-your-standard-remote-cmd-and-task-manager/ We can simply right click the offending server and select Task Manager. This will launch the task manager focused on that server.
You will have instant access to performance graphs and detailed executable information.
We can now find the offending process and take the necessary actions to correct the issue quickly.
To learn more about Goverlan Remote Control Monitoring View, take a look at this user guide article.
A good detective knows there is three sides to every story. The client side, the server side and somewhere in the middle is the truth. Goverlan Remote Control gives you the tools you need to gain system visibility which is the key to Root-Cause analysis, making you look like a super sleuth.