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  • System CPU/HDD Monitoring

    Hi again

    Can any of you guys recommend a good piece of freeware(s) that will let me monitor say, the CPU, Processes, HDD I/O, Network Util%, etc over a period of time?

    I have a problematic client who says *some* of their network apps literally grind to a halt around certain times (lunch time, end of the day). This is happening on random multiple PC's, on *some* days (ie not every single day)

    Having been looking around and around I cant see anything that would cause this. I thought if I could get a historical view on these processes at any given time maybe I could spot the culprit that is doing this...

    Google gives me loads of options, but I thought it would be best to get recommendations rather than installing and uninstalling lots of software whilst testing.

    Thanks

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    Re: System CPU/HDD Monitoring

    Assuming that these are Windows clients, Performance Monitor sounds like what you need. Just go to start >> run >> perfmon . I've used it on computers to track usage of various resources over long periods of time. Plenty of tutorials and documentation abound on the interwebs.
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      Re: System CPU/HDD Monitoring

      Wow, I didnt even know this existed...

      Although I cant seem to get it to store results for historical review. Problem is I am not based onsite so I will need to get users to email me with the time of the incident, which I can trace back to see what it is exactly that is spiking (if anything).

      Also, sure this can tell me for example, the CPU spiked to 100%, but not which process.

      I'll keep reading but I have looked through the options and it doesnt seem to detail as much as I need to.

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        Re: System CPU/HDD Monitoring

        For long term data collection in pre-Vista operating systems, you need to create a Counter Log underneath the the "Performance Logs and Alerts" node. In vista, I think they're called "Data Collector Sets". For individual process tracking, I think you'll have to add the Process(*) counter object to make sure you get all process that are running. That might be a bit of a performance hit on the workstation though, but of course it's probably worth it to find the problem.
        Wesley David
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