Posted by: kurtsh | March 9, 2005

TOOL: Windows Server 2003 Server Performance Advisor: How to diagnose Windows Server 2003 performance issues

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Server Performance Advisor — a tool that troubleshoots Microsoft Windows 2003 performance problems. Neither Microsoft Windows XP nor Microsoft Windows 2000 platform supports this tool. The tool is available here. After you download the tool, execute the .msi file and follow the onscreen prompts to perform the following steps:

1. Click Next to go to the Welcome to the Server Performance Advisor Setup Wizard introduction screen.
2. Click I accept on the license page, then click Next.
3. Accept the default installation location and select whether the tool will be used by just the person installing the tool or by all administrators, as the figure shows.
4. Click Next.
5. The wizard prompts you for a location for the temporary storage of performance log files. Accept the default (C:perflogsdata location), then click Next.
6. The wizard then prompts you for a reports folder location. Again, accept the default location (C:perfLogs), then click Next.
7. Click Next to begin the installation.
8. When the installation is finished, click Finish.

You’ll now have a new item on the Start menu, Server Performance Advisor, which you can use to start the advisor process.


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