Task Manager in SBS 2003 [Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices]

Howdy folks – I am Harry Brelsford, the author of the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book, and each day I hold a virtual book reading. Today I post up a passage on the Task Manager application.



Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation www.smbnation.com

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!

Task Manager

In the business world, at least until the fallout from Enron and Tyco, it was “understood” that a chief financial officer (CFO) always kept a few tricks in his hip pocket to boost quarterly earnings. On a technical note, I consider Task Manager to be a hip pocket tool I can use to quickly troubleshoot and help boost performance on an SBS server machine. To view Task Manager, simply right-click on the start bar on the server machine and select Task Manager (which is shown in Figure 12-11).

Figure 12-11

The Performance tab is perhaps the most useful part of Task Manager in glancing at processor utilization and memory consumption.

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BEST PRACTICE: The Networking tab in Task Manager (new in the SBS 2003 time frame) is an excellent way to glance at network traffic when a user complains that the “network is running SLOOOOW!”


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