Monitoring Performance with the System Monitor

To successfully optimize performance, you have to scale the BizTalk server and databases. How do you go about making that decision if you do not know whether you should scale up or out? With System Monitor (a tool integrated in Windows 2000 Server), you can easily map out problems, monitor them, set baselines, and make accurate decisions about the current performance both for common use and under heavy stress.To do this correctly you need to set up a monitoring plan—it is important to know both what you are looking for and for how long, and when you want to view the result of the monitored events.You can use the Performance console by going to Start | Programs | Administrative Tools | Performance. You can now see that the System Monitor lies within the Performance MMC. The System Monitor is shown in Figure 9.10.

Figure 9.10 Monitoring Performance with the System Monitor in Windows 2000

Figure 9.10 Monitoring Performance with the System Monitor in Windows 2000

To correctly monitor the performance on any service or item within the base server operating system ofWindows 2000 or in the .NET platform Server service of BizTalk 2000, you must set counters to monitor such events such as CPU usage and performance or disk I/O.

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