The Performance tab in the Task Manager window provides you with realtime performance statistics. The graphical displays for CPU utilization closely resemble Performance Monitor’s System Monitor. You do not have the ability to add objects and counters, but then again, you don’t have to worry about associated system overhead either, since the Performance tab is always available.

The Performance tab can be used as a constant display that will help you identify problems as they occur, such as memory leaks, or high CPU or pagefile usage. Some of the information you can quickly obtain from the Performance tab includes:

  • CPU Usage
  • Page file usage
  • Total number of threads and processes
  • Total and available physical memory
  • Total and paged kernel memory

The new Networking tab is definitely a must for the quick-and-dirty troubleshooting admin. The Networking tab will display network utilization for all installed network cards. Between this and the Performance tab, you can easily and quickly draw any correlations between network usage and CPU utilization. Although you can’t draw any hard-and-fast conclusions as to what a problem is, this is definitely the quick way to determine if a proverbial ‘the network is slow’ complaint is related to the networking load on the server itself.

[tags]exam, 70-272, task manager, XP, performance tab, networking tab[/tags]