A cool little tool was recently posted called “Performance Monitor Wizard” (a.k.a. PerfWiz). It can be downloaded here.
The Performance Monitor Wizard simplifies the process of gathering performance monitor logs. It configures the correct counters to collect, sample intervals and log file sizes. This wizard can create logs for troubleshooting operating system or Exchange server performance issues.
Additional thoughts… If you have used System Monitor (i.e., Performance Monitor) to collect data, or worse, have had to walk someone over the phone through the steps to do so, or have had to use Q811237, than you know that Perfmon is not the most user-friendly tool. The current version of Perfmon leaves a lot of room for error when trying to collect important data. I can’t begin to tell you how many logs I have looked at over the past couple of years that were missing key objects/counters to solve a problem, or the interval was wrong, or the Perfmon log itself was gigantic and hard to open.
With this tool, you just walk through a series of wizard-based dialog boxes, answer some questions, and then PerfWiz takes care of configuring the Perfmon logs so you never even have to open Perfmon.
Some of you may have already used this tool while troubleshooting an issue with a PSS Support Engineer. It actually has been around for a little while, but up until this point was only used by and available through PSS. Now everyone can have FUN collecting performance counter data! Hehe!
Keep in mind; this tool is only for system performance data collection; it does not analyze the data; that is still up to you (for now). :) For help with analyzing the performance data within the logs make sure to follow the appropriate Troubleshooting whitepapers available on the Exchange Performance Tuning webpage: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/techinfo/administration/finetune.asp
Oh yeah, I gotta say this about it too… PerfWiz is provided “AS IS” with no warranties. ;)