NetAdminChallenge: Paula's Windows Professional problem

Paula has a problem. Following a Windows 2000 Professional installation at her company, she noticed a performance issue with some of the workstations. Identify the indicator she should monitor, and you could win a new TechRepublic T-shirt!

Every other week, NetAdmin Republic poses a systems or network problem requiring a solution. Some challenges are routine, while others may be more difficult. We then conduct a random drawing from the correct responses received and send two lucky winners a fancy new TechRepublic T-shirt. You'll be the envy of the office! Let's start with the solution to our previous challenge.
Andy’s mistake
As you may remember, Andy was asked by his boss at a large, multinational corporation to prepare a group planning strategy for user accounts using Windows 2000 Active Directory. The goal was to ease the burden of administering accounts after the implementation. Andy's network scope had several global groups that all required the same access permissions to network resources in a particular domain. Given limited time to complete the project, Andy made a mistake that will cause major headaches later in the administering of accounts. Andy's recommended group planning strategy consisted of the following steps:

  • Put user accounts into global groups.
  • Grant resource permissions to the global groups.
  • Put global groups into domain local groups.

What did he do wrong? Andy should have put global groups into domain local groups and then granted resource permissions to the domain local groups. This strategy provides for the most flexibility while reducing the complexity of granting access permissions to network resources.
Congratulations go to Rick Jackson and Randy Smith, whose winning entries were randomly selected from all the correct submissions received.
Paula’s Windows Professional problem
Paula is a busy network administrator for a large electrical utility. With a huge accounting and finance department to support, the company has invested heavily in its IT infrastructure for those areas. The utility has already upgraded its servers to Windows 2000 Server from NT and wants to use all the new features of Windows 2000 Professional for its accounting and finance desktops. Management feels features such as Active Directory, SMP, software deployment, and Group Policies will make a difference in the long run when it comes to administering the large number of users in those departments.

The utility leases IBM 300 GLs running Pentium III processors at 550 MHz. After installing Windows 2000 Professional on all the workstations, Paula finds some desktops are having problems. It seems the processor response time is slower than it should be. With so much activity placed on the machines, Paula feels scaling the processors might be the answer.

Before she suggests this to upper management, however, she should verify whether the processors are, indeed, overburdened. What counters should she check, and what values from those counters will help her determine whether to invest in the additional processor?

What should Paula be looking for?
Name the counters and values Paula should check before recommending the extra processor. Send your answer to TechRepublic by Sunday, August 27, 2000. We'll send a TechRepublic T-shirt to two individuals whose names we select randomly from all the correct answers received.
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