Okay so I”m running a hyperthreaded processor, with two 10,000 rpm disks on a hardware controller RAID 1. Now I could have had 7200 rpm disks in my tummy, but Susan said she doesn”t consider anything less than 10,000 rpms as “Server quality”. Which reminds me… I was kinda hanging out in the SBS newsgroup the other day and someone wanted to use a beefy desktop to run a SBS 2003 server for an office.
People. When you expect a piece of machinery to ”serve” you, you have to spec out hardware that is ready to serve.
I think I”m up for the task.
I can have all the good software in the world, but if Susan didn”t go with reasonable stuff, I wouldn”t be able to properly handle these blogs like I”m doing. So let”s get down to talking about all this prodding and poking that folks have been doing to me to make sure I”m in good shape.
- App pool
First off my excellent keeper Vlad Mazek, CTO of OwnWebNow, wonderous being, fabulous guy, extreme all around good guy [I”d say Vlad rocks but it”s been seen that “rocks” is too much of a buzz word around here,so I”ll refrain for now],noticed that my page file use kept ticking up a bit, which was the same symptom I had before at my old home that kept killing the blogs. So for now until we get up to Community Server we have a routine where the App pool is cycled. So for now we”re going to let that handle that issue until we can get updated to the CS engine once the version 2.0 releases.
- Perf Mon testing
So remember the other night they were doing testing on me? Here”s some of the comments I overheard… now I didn”t catch everything…but I jotted down a few things…..
…..This data looks pretty good. smlogsvc is down to half a %….this is goodness…… Sqlservr – No surprise here W3wp – again, no major surprise. From an I/O perspective, I”m quite happy with things. You”re averaging <50 IOPS (read+write), and on a 2 spindle 10K RPM RAID1 with a little cache, this is just fine. You definitely have headroom to spare.
Goodness… hey that”s sounds pretty good. I got “goodness“. I must be performing okay. So I think I heard them say they are going to take that test on me again next week as with the holidays they didn”t think I had a full load hitting me and then again if/when they start changing things. Some of the things I heard them say was …..
I”m interested to see another 6 hour snap after you make any of the following changes:
- SQL upgrade
- .Text -> CS
- gzip enablement
- conditional GET enablement
- TTL changes
- any other change that might affect the load profile of the server
It sounds like they want to do more testing on me. So I”ll keep you guys posted if I overhear them say anything else of interest.
Oh yeah…I know…since I moved to Vlad”s home town of Orlando I”ve been losing the accent… as sometimes these days I sound more like Vlad does in case you are wondering…
May the force be with you…..