Step-by-Step Guide: Exchange Server capacity planning with Performance Monitor

Don't let growth-related performance issues and outages catch you by surprise. This step-by-step guide will teach you how to use the Performance Monitor tool for Exchange Server long-term capacity planning and trend analysis.

Long-term capacity planning requires you to take a few minutes out of your day once a week to crunch a few numbers. But the results are priceless, because they allow you to see the big picture of how your Exchange servers are consuming resources.

This allows you to make additional hardware purchasing decisions in an intelligent and timely manner. You can predict when you need to have additional hardware in place before strain on your Exchange servers affects performance.

In this step-by-step guide, I show how to use the Performance Monitor tool for Exchange Server long-term capacity planning and trend analysis, and how to analyze the results to forecast the potential for future growth-related performance issues and outages.


STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE: EXCHANGE CAPACITY PLANNING WITH PERFORMANCE MONITOR

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: An introduction to Performance Monitor as a trend-analysis tool
 Step 2: Configuring Performance Monitor for Exchange Server
 Step 3: Reading and analyzing Performance Monitor logs for Exchange Server
 Step 4: Viewing a Performance Monitor log data summary report
 Step 5: Exporting Performance Monitor log data to Microsoft Excel
 Step 6: Related links from SearchExchange.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   
Brien M. Posey, MCSE
Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Exchange Server, and has previously received Microsoft's MVP award for Windows Server and Internet Information Server (IIS). Brien has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once responsible for the Department of Information Management at Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, Brien has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit Brien's personal Web site at http://www.brienposey.com.
This was first published in May 2006

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