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Organization Hierarchy Performance Issue - MySites

  Asked By: Rachelle    Date: Nov 12    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1064

I was wondering how people monitor performance of their Sharepoint

I have looked at using tools like Cacti to monitor the page load times
but it only really monitors the page download time and doesn't take into
account the time it takes to run scripts/dynamic content etc.



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Kelvin Mckinney     Answered On: Nov 12

Are you looking strictly for response time, or resource load, etc? WMI can
tell you just about anything you'd want to know about the health of your

Answer #2    Answered By: Gaurav Ghosh     Answered On: Nov 12

It appears your looking for more of an alert tool, for when performnace lags,
correct? If you want to check your performance  then the old tried and true
method is to take a "baseline" of you current performance and compare it to
other times when you farm seems a little off.

Problem is that there are over 50 performance counters MS recommends you monitor
for "Performance" - the exact counters and Microsofts guidelines can be found at

I havent had a change to implement the new SharePoint Administration
Toolkit(Includes SPDiag) but The Toolkit can be downloaded from either the
SharePoint Administration Toolkit x86 page
(go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=119535&clcid=0x409) or the SharePoint
Administration Toolkit x64 page

SPDIAG User guide at

If I understand it correctly, either the SPDIAG or the toolkit writes to its own
database - I think you can compare previous performance benchmarks against ones
you currently take, but I havent had a chance to implement it.

Don't forget about the MSBA for Sharepoint Tool:

Answer #3    Answered By: Katelynn Donovan     Answered On: Nov 12

We wanted to monitor  end-user performance  in different locations over a global
WAN. Originally we got people  to sit there with stopwatches. I then wrote an
Excel VBA program that automates IE to browse pages and monitors the page  load
times by watching the IE status indicators (busy, loading, interactive etc). It
actually works fairly well with SharePoint, but is a nightmare with another app
which has multiple frames (each is virtually a separate browser in IE that you
have to monitor) and java applets that kick in during page load.

I have also run  into issues with IE7 and Vista with the new browser security
blocking the program from automating things in IE.

Even Microsoft doesn't have a good answer. For their recent performance tests of
IE versus Chrome etc., I believe they actually resorted to videoing the screen
to identify the video frame (30th of a second) when a page load  completed.
Accurate but very labour intensive.

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