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Best Counters for Performance Monitor

By rob.lay ·
I'm looking to set a performance baseline using performance monitor under server 2003. I then have something to compare future monitoring too. I'm after suggestions on the best counters to use. I'm going to run seperate monitors on my DC's, SQL server and Exchange server. Any comments on the best combination of counters to use??

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yay!

by advancedgeek In reply to Best Counters for Perform ...

Another poor slub that uses perfmon!! woohoo glad i'm not the only one...

Use the ntds performance objects (good for domain controllers)...with ntds (use the explain button to see what they all do) you can monitor all sorts of goodies...

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AD Performance Monitoring

by BFilmFan In reply to Best Counters for Perform ...

Although Perfmon will give you some ideas with AD, I really recommend that you use a third-party or MOM 2005 AD Management Pack. Personally, I am a big fan of NetIQ's products and Quest's Active Directory products in combination.

If you are trying to troubleshoot an AD issue, I'd lean heavily of the ADPerf tool from Microsoft.

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SQL & Exchange??

by rob.lay In reply to Best Counters for Perform ...

Thanks guys, the pointers for AD are just what I'm after, any suggestions for monitoring SQL and Exchange as well??

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yup

by advancedgeek In reply to SQL & Exchange??

hey...if you try my suggestion out (bfilmfans is better, he is much more knowlegable than i am) you will notice that it does have counters for sql and exchange.

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Don't get me wrong

by rob.lay In reply to yup

Hi, sorry, don't get me wrong, I have tried your AD suggestions, I've seen the mass of counters available for SQL & Exchange but I'm not sure which ones would be best to choose. I'm looking for general health and performace, not anything specific and I don't have any problems at the moment. Just after some suggestions for the best actual counters which will give me an indication of general health. Cheers

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AD Performance Counters

by BFilmFan In reply to Don't get me wrong

The ones in AD are probably WORSE than the ones in SQL and Exchange. Not only are all the Windows default counters in play, the counters on the ESE object are in play. The ones you are most concerned with would be listed in this article:

http://www.jsifaq.com/SUBK/tip5400/rh5454.htm

Note that to really check replication, you will also need REPADMIN and REPLMON, both of which are in the support/tools section of the Windows Server OS CD.

And to be honest, the actual values of the counters is a relative thing in AD, based on latency in the WAN, version of the OS, what hot fixes are on the box (and you'd be amazed what the difference in some of the LSASS fixes do for the numbers),speed of the network card, backbone speed, speed of the processor, number of LDAP queries per second, NT and other OS using NTLM authentication, what all is running on the DC.

The number of variables effecting a network OS easily proves the "Butterfly Effect" theory. The butterfly is flapping his wings over a flower in California, which is why the hurricane came and wiped out the data center in Florida.

Also, you may well want to pick up the O'Reilly Windows Hacks books as well as perusing the Windows books (free) online from NetPro:

http://www.netpro.com/ebook/index.cfm

Hope that provides you with some more knowledge.

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MOM 2005

by HubeJo In reply to SQL & Exchange??

If you're looking to monitor SQL and Exchange, as well as be notified when there is an issue, we have had pretty good luck with MOM (MS Operations Manager) 2005.

MOM has Management Packs for Exchange and SQL that will setup default rules and performance reports. MOM will often tell you what you need to do to resolve an issue in its knowledge base and sometimes even resolve it for you (i.e. MOM can restart services automatically).

I must tell you though MOM can be difficult to manage at times, especially when you first install it and fine tune it.

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Exchange Counters

by mhashemi In reply to Best Counters for Perform ...

Taken from a TechNet PPT file:
-PhysicalDisk\Average Disk sec/Write
--Database drive
---The average value should be below 20 ms
---Spikes (maximum values) should not be higher than 100 ms
--Log Drive
---The average value should be below 10 ms
---Spikes (maximum values) should not be higher than 50 ms
--SMTP Drive
---The average value should be below 10 ms
---Spikes (maximum values) should not be higher than 50 ms
-PhysicalDisk\Average Disk sec/Read
--Database drive
---The average value should be below 20 ms
---Spikes (maximum values) should not be higher than 100 ms
--Log drive
---The average value should be below 5 ms
---Spikes (maximum values) should not be higher then 50 ms
--SMTP Drive
---The average value should be below 10 ms
---Spikes (maximum values) should not be higher than 50 ms
-Memory\Available Mbytes (MB)
--During the test, there must be 50 MB of available memory at all times
-Memory\Pages/sec
--This counter should be below 1,000 at all times
-Memory\Pool Nonpaged Bytes
--There must be no more than 100 MB of non-paged pool memory being used.
-Memory\Pool Paged Bytes
--Unless a backup or restore is taking place, there must be no more than 180 MB of paged pool memory being used
-Paging File\% Usage
--This value should remain below 50%
-MSExchangeIS\RPC Requests
--It should be below 30 at all times
-MSExchangeIS\RPC Averaged Latency
--It should be below 50 ms at all times
-Database\Log Record Stalls/sec
--The average value should be below 10 per second
--Spikes (maximum values) should not be higher than 100 per second
-Database\Log Threads Waiting
--The average value should be below 10

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