Windows Performance Tools Kit

This has now been updated for the Windows 2008 SDK. It is quite amazing how much info it will gather. I particularly like the ability to graph the CPU by process or thread. Useful in your bag of tools if you need to do some analysis on a server where you know there are performance problems but are not sure what is causing them.

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You can chose the graphs and the details in the graph, zoom in to expand a particular timeframe and overlay one chart on another. And it is free.

“The tools are designed for the analysis of a wide range of performance problems including application start times, boot issues, deferred procedure calls and interrupt activity, system responsiveness issues, application resource utilization, and interrupt storms. The tools are built on the Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) infrastructure. ETW enables Windows and applications to efficiently generate events. Events can be enabled and disabled at any time without requiring system or process restarts.”

Windows Performance Tools Kit, v.4.1.1

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/sysperf/perftools.mspx

XPS Viewer to read the documentation

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b8dcffdd-e3a5-44cc-8021-7649fd37ffee&DisplayLang=en

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