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Can you please suggest or point me to a place that suggests the best Performance Monitor Counters to monitor on a Web Server running IIS 6 on Windows Server 2003. We have a number of websites on these servers and I would like to start performing more detailed reporting on how these servers are performing. At the moment we are monitoring the basics, such as CPU, Memory, Bandwidth etc, but I am sure there are plenty of specific IIS / ASP.NET counters that could be used.

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Here are 2 documents that should be helpful. The first is a general IIS "Suggested Performance Counters to Watch" list that includes baseline ideal values. The second adds some suggested counters for monitoring ASP.Net performance.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782186(WS.10).aspx
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/97d0872a-96b3-41e4-8997-b174a9dbb87f.mspx?mfr=true

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this is a perfect starting point! thank you! –  Phil Feb 16 '10 at 6:00
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Check this out http://blogs.msdn.com/tom/archive/2008/05/02/asp-net-tips-what-to-gather-to-troubleshoot-part-1-high-cpu.aspx

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thanks! but this is not quite what I am after. I would prefer something more specific than just adding "ALL COUNTERS" for the processes hosting the application. –  Phil Feb 11 '10 at 3:48
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