PAL processing, processors, and threads

I commonly get questioned on what response should be given to the NumberOfProcessors question variable in the PAL tool, so I thought I might try to explain it a bit… PAL is designed to be a stand-alone tool where the analysis of a performance counter log can be analyzed on a workstation where an administrator…

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PAL collector script – PalCollector.ps1

One of the top questions I get with the PAL tool is what data to collect. As many of you know, the PAL tool only analyze existing counter logs. It is up to you to create the counter log. To help with this problem, I created a PowerShell script called PalCollector.ps1. This script will query…

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How to create a threshold file for the PAL tool

The Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) tool is an open source project at http://pal.codeplex.com that analyzes performance counter logs. It has thresholds for performance counters written by experts in their respective areas spanning nearly all of the major Microsoft Server products, some Citrix XenApp,, VMware. and others. The number of products covered is limited to…

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Page Frame Number (PFN) database

I just finished writing an article on the public, wiki, PFE PerfGuide on the subject of the Page Frame Number database in Microsoft Windows and Windows Server. This little known database is used by the operating system to keep track of the physical memory of the system. Please check it out and update it if…

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