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
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