If you are interested in the performance of Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization solution, Mark Friedman, our Founder and CTO, recently put Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization technology through its paces, subjecting it to a series of CPU and memory stress tests. These tests are similar to the ones he used to evaluate the performance of VMware ESX to help […]
Microsoft’s Hyper-V Performance — Introduction
Performance Sentry Cumulative Maintenance Released
Demand Technology Software announced a cumulative maintenance distribution encompassing fixes and enhancements to the Performance Sentry collection service, Performance Sentry Administration, the Performance Sentry Web Portal, and the NTSMF PDB data utilities. It is available immediately for download for both new and existing customers. The Performance Sentry collection service version 184.108.40.206, which is included in […]
Demand Technology Software Announces v2.4 of the Performance Sentry Web Portal
Cape Coral, Florida, United States – Version 2.4 of the Performance Sentry Web Portal is available today, Demand Technology Software announced. It is available for download for both new and existing customers. The Performance Sentry Web Portal is a web front end to the company’s Microsoft SQL Server-based Performance Database (PDB), which can be configured […]
Help! Do you know if there are any interesting Active Directory Objects or Counters?
NTDS is the main source of information on Active Directory traffic to and from Domain Controllers. It contains a ton of interesting looking counters. Unfortunately, there is not much written that documents AD performance issues and how to use these counters. This TechNet overview article is a good place to start. There are two main […]
What is the meaning of the message “Insufficient data in performance name table” in the NTSMF.LOG File?
Sometimes the following message is displayed in the “.Log” file: 04/14/08-13:44:04 – Event ID: 2900, Category: Perf Text, Severity: Error Insufficient data in performance name table or 05/17/16-00:00:05 – Event ID: 2902, Category: Perf Text, Severity: Warning Name table located at \windows\system32\perfc009.dat. The following areas of the name table could not be interpreted which could […]
Why is Performance Sentry not collecting a specific performance counter (or counters) that I need to look at?
There are a number of reasons why Performance Sentry may not be collecting some performance Counter or Counters that you need to look at. Sometimes the reason is fairly trivial and easy to rectify. Sometimes the reason is more difficult to determine. Sometimes, it is a problem with the Performance Sentry collection service itself, which we want you […]
Is Performance Sentry compatible with the Microsoft Cluster Server?
Yes. Microsoft Corp. defines a server “cluster” as a group of independent servers managed as a single system for higher availability, easier manageability and greater scalability. The minimum requirements for a server cluster, according to Microsoft, are (a) two servers connected by a network, (b) a method for each server to access the other’s disk […]
What do I need to do to get started with Performance Sentry?
Installation is a three-step process: 1. Prepare the machine you want to use to administer Performance Sentry. Run the Setup program contained on the installation disk to install the Sentry Administration program on the Windows workstation or server you intend to use to administer Performance Sentry. Sentry Administration is used to define and activate performance […]
Is Performance Sentry easy to install?
Easy as pie. The standard installation package that we ship contains three separate Setup routines that can be run separately or together. One setup routine is used to install the Sentry Administration GUI which is used to administer NTSMF data collection. You can install as many copies of the Sentry Administration program as necessary to […]
What is Performance Sentry and how does it relate to NTSMF?
Performance Sentry was originally created as NTSMF. Demand Technology Software was founded in the early days of Windows NT by mainframe performance analysis and capacity planning professionals. They recognized the need for capturing performance metrics on Windows NT in a fashion similar to the mainframe software called SMF (System Management Facility). Thus, Windows NT SMF […]
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- Windows Performance and Capacity Planning Challenges in Virtualized Environments
- Defining and Using Machine Groups in the Performance Sentry PDB
- Microsoft’s Hyper-V Performance — Introduction
- Performance Sentry Cumulative Maintenance Released
- Demand Technology Software Announces v2.4 of the Performance Sentry Web Portal
- Performance Sentry VM 2.0 now available
- Performance Sentry supports Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1
- New Performance Objects in Windows 8 and Server 2012
- MXG and Performance Sentry for Cost Effective Windows Performance Monitoring
- Performance Sentry supports Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8
- Performance Sentry Performance Database (PDB) Data Model