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Performance Monitoring - Basic Counters


Performance Monitoring - Basic Counters

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I liked the article as it was concise and gave good tips for where to start. Is anyone out there using the SQLH2 tool available from MIcrosoft. I am using it and it is very helpful as it provides reports (SQL RS) that allow you to track usage over time. It is not as user friendly as some other tools available from Idera and others, but it is free, which at my compnay makes it the only one I can use to monitor.





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Good Job Steeve,

Will be nice for new comers, and a nice recap for old dummies.

I have more counters, but it includes all the counters you have listed.

Sincerely, I had to go through the hard route to come up with my list of counters. Where were you till now?

five smileys for you.

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I keep trying not to be a DBA after having done it since 1982. I am more interested in developing products; but I keep falling back into the trap that data needs to be migrated, databases need to be managed, and performance needs to be improved. So, now that I do not have the responsibility, but the database isn't taking care of itself, it's nice to have some stuff to plug in to at least look like I am doing that job, too! Thanks Steve. it is a pleasure to know you and your efforts are appreciated.


Cheers,

david russell

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A number of contributors have added some useful monitoring check list to supplement this good article. Great work everyone!

One thing I would be interested in finding out: what happens next? For example, if the monitoring shows up excessive disk queueing, how can this be fixed? Are there articles/books that discuss both monitoring and resolutions to the problem?


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Hi Steve

Thanks for the article. Nice piece.

I did notice the following differences in the counter objects:

You wrote: System Object : Avg. Disk Queue Length
... I only found it in the Pyhsical Disk Object : Avg. Disk Queue Length

You wrote: SQL Server Databases Methods Object : Transactions/Sec
... was actualy SQL Server Databases Object : Transactions/Sec

and the last one: SQL Server Buffer Manager Object : Cache Hit Ratio
... was SQL Server Buffer Manager Object : Buffer Cache Hit Ratio

I liked Alain's three phase approach to monitoring. Gave me an idea what to do better.

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Great job on this Performance Monitoring - Basic Counters article. Just the thing i was looking for, have you already written an article on the Advanced Counters yet, if so please provide details on when/where it should be available!

Keep up the good work!
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Hi there Steve, I am unable to locate the advanced counters article mentioned in the first bullet point to the first paragraph. Do you have a link to it?

Many thanks, a useful article.
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Thanks for the Article Steve. Very well explained. Was looking for this kind of article for some time where all information could be found in one place. It gets hard to find information on different places and then to document it for presentation.

Thanks again. Saved my time.

SQL DBA.
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Any updates/changes for SQL 2008? Also, another request for a link to the "Advanced" article, if it was ever written.

Thanks!


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Jack Corbett (11/11/2005)


I liked the article as it was concise and gave good tips for where to start. Is anyone out there using the SQLH2 tool available from MIcrosoft. I am using it and it is very helpful as it provides reports (SQL RS) that allow you to track usage over time. It is not as user friendly as some other tools available from Idera and others, but it is free, which at my compnay makes it the only one I can use to monitor.


Hi Jack

has to be free - sounds very familiar! Are you using SQLH2 to monitor performance in a simliar fashion to the performance counters? I going to download it but is there any advice on using it that could be helpful?

Also a general question to all - I'm not a DBA by trade, but I do have to look at performance issues and maintain SQL server instances, so how and where are you storing the results on performance monitoring? Are you doing this constantly, at set times during the day etc etc.? Also, what are you using to compare baseline readings.

With a background in BI work - I'm curious as whether I can use BI to help trend and analyse performance counters across servers. Has anyone else done this?

Good article though that has pointed me in the right direction.

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