Collect Server Performance Data Task

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by E.R. Klarenaar, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. Hello all,

    On my SBS 2003 there's every hour a task running: Collect Server Performance
    Data. This task cost a lot of CPU usage.

    - Can I just disable this task ?
    - Why is it needed for ?


    Thanks in advance,

    Edward
     
    E.R. Klarenaar, Oct 31, 2005
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  2. Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], Oct 31, 2005
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  3. Hello Merv,

    Thanks for the answer, but what does the running taks and what do I loose
    (??) when I disable it ?


    Best regards,

    Edward

     
    E.R. Klarenaar, Oct 31, 2005
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  4. Merv:

    The thread provides the details about reinstalling SBS Monitoring but
    there was no follow-up from the original poster telling us whether the
    process actually worked.

    I am seeing the same issue as Edward on my own as well as my clients'
    SBS servers. At 45 minutes past the hour, for 1 - 3 minutes, the CPU is
    pegged by 2 monitoring processes. Turns out the automatic schedule for
    SBS monitoring data collection is hourly @ 45 minutes after the hour.

    The server gets VERY sluggish during this time. Users may notice
    Outlook has trouble talking to Exchange during those 1 - 3 minutes.

    All servers were (successfully) upgraded to SBS SP1.

    -- Owen Williams
    ClearView Technology Consulting, LLC
     
    Owen Williams, Nov 1, 2005
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  5. Has this started occurring just recently (since a recent security patch or
    appliaction of SBS 2003 SP1)?
     
    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], Nov 1, 2005
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  6. Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], Nov 1, 2005
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  7. Hello Merv and Owen,

    Thanks for your reply. I disabled the task for monitoring at 45 minutes
    after the hour. My question at this moment is:

    - Does it gives trouble now or in the future when you disable this task ?
    - What am I missing when I disable the task.

    For your information: I do not use the realtime monitoring tools (send email
    when a special situation happens)


    Kind regards,

    Edward

     
    E.R. Klarenaar, Nov 1, 2005
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  8. Well, you may break SBS Monitoring if you mess with it from the scheduled
    task. So, you may not be able to get any of the performance/usage reports.
    Not sure what else might happen or if other problems might occur. Here's
    what Microsoft says in their Best Practices...

    SBS 2003 Best Practices
    http://www.sbsusers.net/techinfo/SBS_BP.htm
    --------------------------------
    Monitoring Your Server Back to Top

    Use server usage reports to evaluate resource needs and plan for future
    requirements.
    Server usage reports include a predefined collection of statistics that can
    help you understand how clients access and use the Internet, e-mail, fax,
    remote connectivity, and Outlook® Web Access features. By proactively
    monitoring this information, you can determine how employees are using the
    key resources on the server, evaluate resource needs, and plan for future
    requirements that can help make employees more productive and your network
    more supportable.

    For example, if a server usage report suggests high Web activity, and you
    are using a dial-up connection to access the Internet, you might want to
    replace the dial-up connection with a DSL connection. Or, if a usage report
    shows a lot of fax activity, you might consider adding another fax device on
    your local network.

    For more information, click Start, click Help and Support, and then click
    Monitor your server.

    Never change the settings on the following monitoring tasks in Task
    Scheduler: Collect Usage Data and Collect Server Performance Data.
    When you configure server monitoring using the Monitoring Configuration
    Wizard, the following tasks are created in Task Scheduler: Collect Usage
    Data, Collect Server Performance Data, and Small Business Server - Server
    Status Reports - NameOfReport.

    Do not change the settings of the Collect Usage Data and Collect Server
    Performance Data tasks because this will break the monitoring feature of
    Windows® Small Business Server 2003.

    Always use the Change Server Status Report Settings task to change the
    settings of the tasks called Small Business Server - Server Status Reports -
    NameOfReport.
    When you configure server monitoring using the Monitoring Configuration
    Wizard, the following tasks are created in Task Scheduler: Collect Usage
    Data, Collect Server Performance Data, and Small Business Server - Server
    Status Reports - NameOfReport.

    By default, the following Small Business Server - Server Status Reports -
    NameOfReport tasks are created when running the Monitoring Configuration
    Wizard.

    Small Business Server - Server Status Reports - Send server performance
    reports
    Small Business Server - Server Status Reports - Send server usage reports
    Do not use Task Scheduler to modify tasks called Small Business Server -
    Server Status Reports - NameOfReport because Task Schedule can potentially
    break the e-mail reports.

    For more information about modifying server performance or usage reports,
    click Start, click Help and Support, and then click Monitor your server.
    -------------------------------

    --
    Merv Porter [SBS MVP]
    ===================================
     
    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], Nov 1, 2005
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  9. To the best of my recollection, it started after applying SP1. The
    servers involved were running pre-SP1 for 6 to 15 months without the
    symptoms I am seeing now. The symptoms are not disastrous but they are
    annoying.

    -- Owen
     
    Owen Williams, Nov 2, 2005
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  10. RE: This thread seems to indicate success by reinstalling SBS
    Montoring...

    Yes it does - thanks. I'll try reinstalling when I get some time.
    (Since the servers are all working OK except for this annoyance, need to
    prioritize this - especially in light of the horror story that poor soul
    ran into after the reinstall!)

    FYI, on each of the servers the monitoring processes account for about
    1/2 of the total CPU time reported in the daily Server Performance
    Report. For example, if the average server CPU = 10%, the 2 monitoring
    processes add up to about 5%.

    -- Owen
     
    Owen Williams, Nov 2, 2005
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