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FAQ: Using Windows Server 2008 R2 performance reports

Knowing how to view log data reports with the Performance and Reliability Monitor will ensure that you keep your customer's server operating system running at peak performance.

When providing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 performance monitoring services, solutions providers should not only know about the various performance monitoring features, but also know how to view log data and performance reports. In this Project FAQ, Windows Server expert Jason Kappel discusses the step-by-step process for viewing customers' log data and diagnosis reports using the Performance and Reliability Monitor, how to create and schedule logs from a data collector set and monitoring with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007.

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How can solutions providers view their customers' log data in the Performance and Reliability Monitor?
How can solutions providers create and schedule logs from a data collector set?
How can solutions providers view a customer's diagnosis report?
What are the advantages of monitoring with System Center Operations Manager 2007?
More resources on Windows Server 2008 R2 features
About the expert

 

How can solutions providers view their customers' log data in the Performance and Reliability Monitor?

  • To view previously collected log data in the Performance and Reliability Monitor on your customer's 2008 system, log on as an administrator or a user that is a member of the Performance Log Users group and has the "Log on as a batch job" user right assigned.
  • Start the Windows Performance Monitor by clicking on Start, Administrator Tools, Performance Monitor.
  • Expand Reports, then expand User Defined and expand the data collector set that you would like to view. If the data you want to look at is in a currently configured and running data collector set, you'll need to stop that collector to view the data. You can accomplish this by right-clicking on the data collector set name and choosing Stop from the right-click menu.
  • Click on the name of the log that you would like to look at to bring up the Report View.
  • On the toolbar, click on the Performance Monitor View button.

 

How can solutions providers create and schedule logs from a data collector set?

  • To create and schedule logs for later review in the Performance and Reliability Monitor on your customer's 2008 system, log on as a user that is either an administrator or a user that is a member of the Performance Log Users Group and has the "Log on as a batch job" user right assigned.
  • Start the Windows Performance Monitor by clicking on Start, Administrator Tools, Performance Monitor.
  • Make sure you already have at least one data collector set created or saved. If you don't have a data collector set created, follow the above steps to create one. When you create the data collector set, a log file is created, and the following steps will allow you to set the file name, overwrite or append data and set the file size of each of the log files.
  • Expand Data Collector Sets and click on User Defined.
  • To schedule the start condition of the data collector set, right click on the set you would like to schedule and choose Properties.
  • Click on the Schedule tab.
  • To create a start time or day for your collector set, click Add. Make sure you set the start time later than your current time.
  • You can set an expiration date to tell the data collector set to stop collecting new data. The way the expiration date works is that the data collector set will stop collecting new instances of data on that date. If you want to completely stop the collection of data, you will have to use the Stop Condition tab.
  • Click on OK.

 

How can solutions providers view a customer's diagnosis report?

  • To view a diagnosis report in the Performance and Reliability Monitor on your 2008 system, log on as an administrator. The reason you need to be an administrator is because this report uses the Windows kernel trace provider.
  • Start the Windows Performance Monitor. You can do this by clicking on Start, Administrator Tools, Performance Monitor.
  • Expand Data Collector Sets and expand System.
  • To start the data collection, right click on System Diagnostics and click on Start.
  • To view the report, expand Reports, System, System Diagnostics and click on the current date. The report will collect data for 60 seconds, but the building of the report itself can take a couple of minutes to be created.

 

What are the advantages of monitoring with System Center Operations Manager 2007?

To help simplify the administration of Windows servers, Microsoft released Microsoft Operations Manager in 2000 and the latest release of System Center Operations Manager in 2007. System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 brings a whole new level of monitoring that isn't available using the native Windows tools. With SCOM 2007, you can monitor everything that's available in Performance and Reliability Monitor and add functionality via management packs. With management packs, you can monitor the applications that you install on your customers' servers and the other services that a system, or systems, may need to consume. SCOM 2007 takes data from your server, the applications and the network, as well as other devices and services, and correlates that information to determine if you are having an issue with the server.

A great example of how Operations Manager can benefit your organization is if you have a three-tier application that uses Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Internet Information Services and BizTalk. Using just the built-in tools, you could find out a significant amount of information about your system. But it would be difficult to pinpoint an issue such as a slow transaction. With SCOM 2007, you can create synthetic transactions that track how long a transaction will take, and you can also build a set of rules and alerts with certain actions to take into a management pack that tell you where a problem is occurring.

 

More resources on Windows Server 2008 R2 features

Windows Server 2008 R2 feature overview
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Windows Server 2008 R2 new features
Windows Server 2008 R2 features
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 preview
Windows Server 2008 R2 screenshots
Windows Server 2008 R2 preview

 

About the expert
Jason Kappel is an infrastructure architect and virtualization expert at
Avanade Inc. He specializes in enterprise infrastructure and data center optimization, virtualization and systems management. He has worked with some of the largest companies in the world to implement green data center solutions and has implemented several multinational server and desktop virtualization systems.

This was last published in November 2009

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