Performance Monitoring in SBS 2003: Command line, exporting [Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book excerpt]

Good day everyone – I am the author of the above title and I find that holding a daily book reading – virtually – is of great benefit to you. The discussion on performance monitoring in SBS 2003 continues!



Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation

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

PS – did u know I host a spring conference in the New York City area each spring? Save the date for March 6-8, 2009 and watch “voice meet data” in the SMB space!

Command Line Stuff

Time to throw a bone to the SBS gurus again. Here’s a bona fide command line-based performance monitor tool you can use to aid and assist your efforts to manage your SBS 2003 network. From the command line, simply type

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netstat -o and observe the port scanning activity in real time that affects your SBS 2003 server machine. This is shown in Figure 12-13 below.

Figure 12-13

A quick (and also free) way to observe traffic by port is the netstat -o command. Bon appetite!.

Exporting and Importing Settings

A hidden jewel in SBS 2003’s performance monitor area is the ability to export your specific Health Monitor settings to another SBS 2003 server machine (which would import the settings). The reason I say it’s hidden is that, if you look at Figure 12-14, you’ll see this functionality is invoked via a set of links on the Migrate Small Business Server Settings page accessed under Advanced Management in the Server Management console. That’s something you might not find early on in learning SBS 2003.


Chapter 12 Monitoring SBS 2003

Figure 12-14

A very welcome SBS 2003 addition is the ability to export and import Health Monitor settings. Why? Because you create the perfect settings on one machine and then you can use these settings over and over again on other SBS 2003 networks!


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