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MCSE: Windows 2000 Exams in a Nutshell by Paul Murphy, Michael Moncur

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Optimization and Troubleshooting

No matter how well your network is running, it can always be improved. Windows 2000 Server includes a lot of monitoring tools. The most common tools include the Task Manager, the Performance Console, and the Network Monitor. After all the hardware is installed and the network is up and running, a good portion of a network administrator’s job is looking for ways to improve performance and addressing potential problems before they get out of hand. You’ll probably become very familiar with all the tools described in this section.

Task Manager

The Windows 2000 Task Manager allows you to monitor the status of individual applications, processes, and both CPU and RAM usage. You can start the Task Manager by right-clicking on the task bar and choosing Task Manager or by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del while Windows 2000 is running.

Under the Application tab, you can start and stop entire programs. Under the Processes tab, you can view the status of individual processes. The process data shown includes a process ID, the percentage of CPU time being used, and the amount of RAM being used. You can also stop a process from this screen. The performance tab allows you to monitor the CPU and RAM usage for the local computer.

Performance Console

The Performance Console is a container for two snap-ins: the System Monitor snap-in and the Performance Logs and Alerts snap-in. You can monitor both the local computer and remote computers on the network with the System Monitor and ...

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