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Most network administrators will not see a lot of changes regarding performance in Windows .NET Servers. The major changes will be for consultants and high-level administrators who are trying to gain more performance from their network.

Performance Log Modifications

Microsoft's performance logs have not changed much through the revisions of Windows. With the rollout of .NET Servers, a few changes have been implemented. The first one is that the size of the log files has been increased so you can create performance logs greater than 1GB. The second change, and probably the biggest noticeable change, is that the log file can be appended to a SQL database. This will give network administrators greater flexibility for viewing log data. This will also give third-party developers many new ways to create reports that can be very useful for monitoring the performance of a server. Another change is that the .NET Server family now supports the viewing of data from multiple log files at the same time. This gives you the ability to look at and compare multiple performance captures at the same time.

Command-Line Utilities for System Monitor

Four command-line utilities have been implemented to help with controlling performance counters and trace log scheduling. An administrator can also use the command-line utilities to collect and analyze local and remote data without using the GUI interface for System Monitor.

Disk and File Management

The capability to script most Disk and File Management commands is the biggest enhancement in this section. The capability to script tasks is very important to administrators who roll out many servers and need to streamline their tasks.

Command-Line Support for Disk Management

.NET Servers include a utility called DiskPart.exe. This utility is a text-mode command-line interpreter that completes all tasks that are in the GUI disk management utility. This will make it easier for administrators to create scripts to manage disks.

Remote Document Sharing

.NET Servers include an updated WebDAV redirector, which allows the ease of publishing documents, programs, and folders over HTTP. Most people that are familiar with Internet Information Server (IIS) will say that remote sharing is already available via IIS. The difference between IIS and the WebDAV version is that you do not need an HTTP-aware application on the client side to gain access to these shared documents. With IIS, a user would need to access the shared resources via a Web browser.

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