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I have a server with two round-robin 4GB HBAs to a fiber switch and was wondering if I can measure activity/throughput on these HBAs using Perfmon? If so, which counters would I use? I initially thought Network, but perhaps I'd have to do something with PhysicalDisk.

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PerfMon measures this with the Physical disk performance object -> Avg. Disk sec/Transfer or /Read, or /Write counters.

This accounts for the time spent on the following:

  1. Class Driver – manages the device type, such as disks, tapes, etc.
  2. Port Driver – manages the transport protocol, such as SCSI, FC, SATA, etc.
  3. Device Miniport Driver – This is the device driver for the Storage Adapter. It is supplied by the vendor of the device (Raid Controller, and FC HBA).
  4. Disk Subsystem – This includes everything below the Device Miniport Driver – This could be as simple as a cable connected to a single physical hard disk, or as complex as a Storage Area Network.

There's more information on TechNet that goes a bit deeper: Measuring Disk Latency with Windows Performance Monitor

  • Thanks. I actually just found that myself and feel dumb for even asking. – swasheck Dec 19 '13 at 21:48
  • its not dumb...as other people find this helpful....like me! – lara400 Jul 24 '14 at 11:06

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