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Mitch Wheat has been working as a professional programmer since 1984, graduating with a honours degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, UK in 1986. He moved to Perth in 1995, having worked in software houses in London and Rotterdam. He has worked in the areas of mining, electronics, research, defence, financial, GIS, telecommunications, engineering, and information management. Mitch has worked mainly with Microsoft technologies (since Windows version 3.0) but has also used UNIX. He holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCPD (Web and Windows) using C# and SQL Server MCITP (Admin and Developer). His preferred development environment is C#, .Net Framework and SQL Server. Mitch has worked as an independent consultant for the last 10 years, and is currently involved with helping teams improve their Software Development Life Cycle. His areas of special interest lie in performance tuning
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool
OK, you have a server with a suspected performance problem. What do you do? You collect performance counters, right? But which ones? And what do you do to make sense of the reams of data once collected?
The free PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) application hosted on Codeplex is an easy to use tool that collects and reads in a performance counter log and analyzes it using known thresholds (provided). The tool generates an HTML based report which graphically charts important performance counters and highlights alerts when thresholds are exceeded. The thresholds were originally defined by the Microsoft product teams and members of Microsoft support, but continue to be expanded by this ongoing project. It currently contains threshold files for IIS, MOSS, SQL Server, BizTalk, Exchange, and Active Directory.
This tool is not a replacement for traditional performance analysis, but it automates the analysis of performance counter logs enough to save you time and narrow your search. Written and maintained by Clint Huffman, the PAL tool has been around for some time but it’s not as well known as it should be, given how useful and easy it is to use.
If you want to have a look at a sample report, download and install PAL and then click this link.
The optional GUI portion of PAL requires the Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0. PAL uses the Log Parser tool to query performance counter logs, and requires the Office Web Components 2003 in order to create charts. Both are freely downloadable.
[This MSDN page gives a detailed description of all the performance counters used when monitoring BizTalk.]
MSN, Email: mitch døt wheat at gmail.com