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BizTalk Server 2010 Cookbook by Steef-Jan Wiggers

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Automating performance analysis by using the PAL tool

The Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) tool is a powerful tool that reads in a performance monitor counter log (any known format) and analyzes it using known thresholds. Basically, it automates the analysis of performance counter logs, for instance, one that is generated by the Benchmark Wizard. At the end, you can generate an HTML or XML-based report that graphically charts important performance counters and throws alerts (in red), when thresholds are exceeded. The thresholds are originally based on thresholds defined by the Microsoft product teams, including the BizTalk Server, and members of Microsoft support.

Before PAL, it was quite hard to analyze logs, which had to be done manually ...

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