How to Analyze Performance Monitor Data Using PAL
Brad McGehee (RedGate)
Analyzing Performance Monitor data is not always an easy task. It often involves viewing Performance Monitor logs in graph view, seeing what has been happening, and hoping that your knowledge and background in SQL Server and the Windows OS provides you with enough information to help you to be able to pinpoint specific performance-related issues.
One way to make this job easier is by using a free tool called ""Performance Analysis of Logs,"" or ""PAL"", for short. It was developed by Clint Huffman of Microsoft, and can be downloaded free from Codeplex at www.codeplex.com/PAL. In brief, the tool takes a Performance Monitor log file (.blg), analyzes it, and provides you with an HTML report that presents a graphical analysis of the data, including alerts for those counters that exceed a specified threshold. The thresholds for the counters are based on those recommended by various Microsoft product teams.
In this session, you will learn how to use this tool, including how to customize it for your specific needs. You will also learn how to analyze the output so you can better understand what performance problems your SQL Server instances may be having.
This session is filled with demonstrations, and assumes attendees have a basic foundation of DBA knowledge, and a solid understanding of how to use Performance Monitor. After attending the session, attendees will be able to return to work and immediately put what they have learned into practice.
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