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Softek's Softek Performance Tuner

SMS requires a Windows 2000 Server with a 2.4-GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 60-GB hard disk space .Net Framework, SNMP and SQL Server Enterprise Edition 2000 SP3. I tested it on a lesser machine in our Real-World Labs® in Green Bay, Wis., and it ran well, but the number of resources I could have tracked concurrently was reduced. For the SAN environment, I put an agent on a four-processor Compaq DL580 Windows 2000 server and used a Q-logic Fibre Channel-host bus adapter card to connect to a SANblock 2-Gbps/FC enclosure with 14 73-GB drives partitioned in four 135-GB arrays.

Application installation was easy--the software practically configured itself and automatically linked to the preinstalled SQL Server resources it needed. Manually configuring the agent on the Compaq server was only a little more challenging.

SAN Watch

The Java-based console provides a dynamic, drop-down menu system, from which you can create an ad hoc query to define which resources to monitor. This user interface can manage thousands of storage resources and sort them by device type, name, file system, operating system, performance statistics and server type. It also allows detailed sorting queries.


• Standardized user interface
• Customizable monitoring and reporting

• Massive system-monitoring capabilities

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