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Performance Tuning and Optimization


HOW TO: Optimize Web Server Performance in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308186 - This step-by-step article describes the different methods that you can use to optimize the performance of a dedicated Windows 2000 Web server

IIS 4.0 Tuning Parameters for High-Volume Sites
This document provides some general guidelines on how to optimize an Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0 installation in a high-volume environment. It is designed for Web server system administrators who are familiar with administering Microsoft© Windows? NT and Microsoft IIS. Source:

Measuring Hardware Performance of Web Sites
By using the performance counters built into Windows NT© and Internet Information Server (IIS), managers can monitor performance to determine equipment needs. After changes are made, monitoring can be used to determine if they had the desired effect, or if further changes are needed. This article describes which performance counters to use to determine when to tune or upgrade hardware. Source: Microsoft TechNet (July 12, 1999)

Monitoring CPU Performance Counters
The age-old question in IIS performance (and Windows server performance, for that matter) is "What makes IIS run faster--memory or the CPU?" The answer to this question is complex and depends on many factors. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine


Server Performance and Scalability Killers
Server performance is an issue that many writers of desktop applications now need to address. One unexpected consequence of the success of Component Object Model (COM) and componentware is that application servers like Active Server Pages (ASP) © an extension of Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) © end up hosting code that was never written with server environments in mind. There are important differences between desktop and server environments that can have huge, unappreciated effects on performance. Source: MSDN Workshop (Feb 22, 1999)

Solutions for Poor Server Performance
A TechNet article by Gary Duthie that discusses performance counters. Source: Microsoft TechNet (Jan 20, 1999)

The Art and Science of Web Server Tuning with Internet Information Services 5.0
This document discusses the importance of and an approach to performance tuning. It also covers hardware, software, and testing issues involved in tuning your IIS 5.0 Web servers.

Tweaking NT and IIS for ASP Applications
Get out your performance checklist and add Ken Spenver's suggestions for tuning IIS and NT. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (March 2000)

Using and Understanding the WebCheck Tool
If you want to be notified immediately if your Web service or application goes down, the WebCheck utility is for you. Source:

Using HTTP Compression On Your IIS 5.0 Web Site
Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 introduces HTTP Compression, a new feature that compresses files before sending them across the network. HTTP Compression provides faster transmission of pages between the Web server and compression-enabled clients, compresses and caches static files, and performs on-demand compression of dynamically generated output. Using HTTP compression, some Web servers gain up to a 400% performance improvement. Source: (July 7, 2000)

Web Server Tuning with Internet Information Services 5.0
This white paper describes tuning a Web server when running Internet Information Services 5.0 on Windows 2000 Server. It discusses the importance of monitoring and testing, as well as potential hardware, software, and tools issues that may arise.

Working with IIS 5.0 Logs
Want to move Web site log data into a SQL Server database without compromising site performance? Here's how.
Source: Windows & .NET Magazine  


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