Monitoring and Analysing System Events
Server performance needs to be monitored, as it can decline as additional users and workstations are added to networks. Windows Server 2003 includes several built-in tools for monitoring, optimizing and troubleshooting a server's performance:
- Task Manager can be used to check the server's memory, network, and processor utilisation are doing.
- Event Viewer shows recent and past events that might affect the server's robustness. Messages sent between application programs and the operating system can generate various types of events which Windows Server 2003 records in log files. You can view the events stored in these log files by using the Event Viewer snap-in, eventvwr.msc.
- System Monitor can display various counters such as processor utilization, memory utilization and disk utilization, which reflect computer health in real time. It can also create a historical log of these counters to establish a performance baseline.
We'll look at some of these utilities in greater depth in the next few sections.
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