Project Description
Ever have a performance problem, but don't know what performance counters to collect or how to analyze them? The PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool is a powerful tool that reads in a performance monitor counter log and analyzes it using known thresholds.

Features

  • Thresholds files for most of the major Microsoft products such as IIS, MOSS, SQL Server, BizTalk, Exchange, and Active Directory.
  • An easy to use GUI interface which makes creating batch files for the PAL.ps1 script.
  • A GUI editor for creating or editing your own threshold files.
  • Creates an HTML based report for ease of copy/pasting into other applications.
  • Analyzes performance counter logs for thresholds using thresholds that change their criteria based on the computer's role or hardware specs.

To use PAL

The PAL tool is primarily a PowerShell script that requires arguments/parameters passed to it in order to properly analyze performance monitor logs.

Requirements

Operating Systems
The tool is tested only tested on Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit. If you encounter problems with the tool on other operating systems, then consider reusing the tool on Windows 7 64-bit.

Required Products (free and public):
- PowerShell v2.0 or greater.
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
- Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

Known Issues
PAL must be ran under an English-US locale until globalization can be added. We are looking for assistance from users like you to help contribute to this cause.

Download locations:

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (Partial package - internet access required)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=AB99342F-5D1A-413D-8319-81DA479AB0D7&displaylang=en

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (full package - no internet access required)
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/0/e/20e90413-712f-438c-988e-fdaa79a8ac3d/dotnetfx35.exe

Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=130f7986-bf49-4fe5-9ca8-910ae6ea442c&DisplayLang=en

PowerShell v2.0 (Windows Management Framework (Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0))
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968929

Training
Download it (20071005IntrotoPALwmv.zip) from:
https://www.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ProjectName=PAL&ReleaseId=6759

Related Blogs and Reviews
Clint Huffman's Windows Performance Analysis Blog
http://blogs.technet.com/clint_huffman

Mike Lagase's Exchange Performance Analysis Blog
http://blogs.technet.com/mikelag/archive/2008/08/20/performance-troubleshooting-using-the-pal-tool.aspx

Get a Handle on Windows Performance Analysis (Windows IT Pro Magazine)
http://windowsitpro.com/Windows/Articles/ArticleID/101162/pg/2/2.html

Two Exchange Server Tools You Should Know About
http://windowsitpro.com/article/articleid/100132/two-exchange-server-tools-you-should-know-about.html

Support and social media: Please post to the Discussions section of the web site, use the Twitter hashtag #paltool, or email the developer at clinth@microsoft.com.

Last edited Nov 14, 2011 at 8:37 PM by ClintH, version 33