Windows server
performance monitoring

Server configuration requirements change quickly, and even if you spend a lot of money on server hardware and software licenses, processes and operations aren’t guaranteed to run smoothly. Application requirements change, users’ habits change, and memory usage increases. To identify these trends, you should monitor the most important performance parameters for each server environment.

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Benefits of Windows Server Monitoring

Avoid the server performance problems

Making sure users don’t experience availability problems is very important because slow responses and setbacks can have a negative effect on your business. In addition, identifying and resolving problems quickly and efficiently will decrease the number of support calls you receive. Your most pressing task is, of course, to fix current issues, but you should also make sure you anticipate future problems and bottlenecks. Because server issues affect lot of users at the same time, you definitely want to avoid any performance problems. Keep in mind that making the most of your hardware and software resources is an ongoing task – it’s not something you can do once and forget about it.

You can measure and monitor a lot of things, but to maintain high-quality server performance and user experience as well as reliable availability while keeping costs low, the first thing you should do is identify the performance parameters you want to monitor. Some of those things might include memory, disk, CPU and bandwidth usage; user behavior; application usage; and licenses. Performance issues can come from many places, so make sure you don’t miss a piece of the puzzle.

The next thing you should do is make sure you can get relevant data about the performance indicator you selected. One of the biggest challenges in interpreting data is discovering and pinpointing the cause of problems. If you have a memory leak or some processes are using too much of the CPU, you should be able to see this in one central location. Server architecture includes many different parts, and you should monitor each layer. These tasks are hard to accomplish without a reliable monitoring tool. For example, it’s very difficult or even impossible to see how many concurrent users are using an application without a monitoring tool, especially if many users are connecting to the server. Tracking bandwidth usage by server and using it in server and network capacity planning is also very hard to do without an appropriate tool.

Choose monitoring tool

If you want to monitor real-time server performance or compare different servers in your server farm, a monitoring tool is even more crucial. Setting notification thresholds for CPU, memory, or disk usage should simplify server management and allow you to maintain top performance. A monitoring tool is also invaluable in tracking your users’ behavior, application usage, and bandwidth. You should monitor these elements on daily and monthly bases since different problems can appear in different periods. Visualizing the activity of user groups or organizational units can help you analyze user behavior and usage patterns.

As previously mentioned, controlling licenses is important thing, especially identifying underused and overused licenses. Creating an inventory of server farm applications and looking at how each application performs over time will give you important insight into server processes. In addition, server and farm administrators often need a complete logon history for all servers, especially when they need to easily track successful and failed logon events. To determine who might have problems with the overall remote desktop experience, you should track user details such as screen resolution, client versions, and IP addresses.

Real-time monitoring solution: the SysKit

SysKit is a powerful monitoring tool that allows you to get a clear understanding of your Windows Servers environment. This tool enables you to instantly report on real-time server performance, and reports will provide you with the information you need about the health of your servers.

With this powerful features monitoring your Windows Servers will be a piece of cake.


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