Windows 2000 Performance Guide
Help for Administrators and Application Developers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: January 2002
Pages: 720

It is characteristic of most computer systems that they do not degrade gradually. The painful reality is that performance is acceptable day after day, until quite suddenly it all falls apart. When this happens, the administrator needs to be prepared to help the organization get through the crisis.Computer applications are growing ever more intelligent and easy to use. One of the by-products of making applications easier to use is that they usually also require more resources to run. And wherever productivity is a central factor in the decisions you make, performance considerations loom large and continue to play an important role in system management.Are you wondering, for example, if more expensive equipment would give better performance? The answer is often yes, but not always. This book will show you why it is important to understand the performance characteristics of the hardware and of the workload, and how they match up against each other. Windows 2000 Performance Guide takes you through problem solving techniques like measurement methodology, workload characterization, benchmarking, decomposition techniques, and analytic queuing models.This book covers:

  • Processor performance
  • Application profiling and hardware considerations
  • Multiprocessing
  • Memory and paging
  • File cache
  • Disk performance
  • Networking
  • IIS
The horror stories of failed development projects that did not meet cost and performance specifications reflect the fact that expectations about what computer technology can do far exceed the reality. Even as hardware performance continues to improve, managing performance will not get perceptibly easier. This book will give you the tools and information you need to meet the challenges of performance management now and in the future.Many of the popular computer books out there promise easy answers, but this is the only book for those tricky situations that have no direct precedent. Windows 2000 Performance Guide will give you the information and the conceptual framework to become your own Windows 2000 performance expert.
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Windows 2000 Performance Guide Review

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Outstanding! I have been in the Windows NT(X)/2000 performance monitoring game for some time and this book is a major advance on anything I've seen to date. If you need to understand how to measure Windows performance, then this book is for you.

The book gives a valuable insight into Windows resources and processes without savaging the reader with painful detail like the "Inside Windows..." series. For advanced administrators, Operations designers and Capacity managers, this is a technical bible.

The section on Processor performance is the best I've read with a much awaited explanation on Thread wait states and priority scheduling that, for once, I understood! Further vauable information on RAID performance is contained in later chapters which one would have difficulty locating in one volume.

A bit daunting for the un-initiated, so read the opening concepts section - this sets the book up well and provides an insight into what measurements can really mean.

Well done.

 
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Windows 2000 Performance Guide Review

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Recently I needed information about how Windows 2000 performs disk caching operations. After having exhausted my patience searching Microsoft's site, and being unable to find the information searching the net with Google, I finally found a reference to this book. The book quickly provided me with the detailed information I was seeking.

The Windows 2000 Performance Guide is the definitive book on its subject. It contains critical information that is often very hard to find, and in some cases simply unavailable, on a wide range of topics. The authors provide in-depth knowledge on everything from disk hardware to arcane operating system issues. Because the source of performance problems is often unclear, the book's breadth of scope is absolutely essential. These days, most computer experts are narrowly focused: it's just too difficult to broadly keep up with everything that is happening. Somehow, the authors of this book are able to offer real insights in many independent fields.

The book provides many real world examples. It also contains many valuable screenshots of performance monitoring tools under various load conditions. The writing is lucid, thoughtful, and offers many valuable insights. Another feature that I liked is the wealth of references the book offers. I found these references to various web sites, shareware tools, academic papers, and other information sources extremely useful.

The Windows 2000 Performance Guide is a must read for anyone interested in computer performance. Unlike so many other books that I've encountered that are merely a rehash of information available elsewhere, this book is a thoughtful, detailed, and thorough inquiry into its subject matter. Bravo!

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