20 Tips How to Get the Most out of Windows Server 2008 (Part 1)

Windows Server 2008 is an operating system that enables core IT resources, such as file and print sharing, remote access, and security. It provides a network foundation from which settings on computers that are based on the Windows® operating system can be centrally managed. This operating system – which you can upgrade to more advanced versions of Windows Server, e.g. Windows Server 2008 Foundation — can run the most popular business applications today, and it also provides a familiar Windows user experience that helps in managing users and safeguarding business information.

Dramatizing the beauty of the Cloud, Windows Server 2008 comes pre-installed with server hardware, so there is no need to separately obtain and install the hardware and operating system. Windows Server 2008 is also supported by an extensive network of service professionals.

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2—the most advanced Windows Server operating systems – makes it easy for you to develop, deliver and manage rich user experiences and applications, thus providing a highly secure network infrastructure. You also gain technological efficiency and value within an organization.

Windows Server Performance Tips

At Monitis, we are not only committed to making sure your servers run smoothly, but we also want to help you gain the most benefit from them. That’s why we’ve put together some best practices for improving the performance of Windows Server. But you’ll need to make some changes in its features, hardware, application and other areas. The performance tips listed below are categorized on hardware-, application-, feature- and tools-based segments.

Hardware Based:

Here are some tips for optimizing Windows Server hardware performance:

1. Use a dedicated drive for the pagefile.

This tip probably will give you the largest performance gain. By default, Windows creates a pagefile that is treated as virtual memory. Because Windows uses this file frequently, it’s best to place it on a dedicated drive (not a dedicated volume). But make sure that Windows will not have to wait on another application to finish using the hard disk before it can read data from the pagefile.

2. Keep defragmented hard disks

Windows is extremely fast when performing sequential reads. However, performance goes out the window (pardon the expression!) when the disk is asked to read data stored in random locations. Make sure that by keeping a hard disk de-fragmented, blocks of files are placed in sequence rather than scattered randomly across the surface of the drive. That will allow your computer to read files more efficiently.

3. Compress the hard disk

Done right, compression of hard disk can actually increase performance. Hard drives are typically the slowest component in a computer. When compressing a file, it reduces its physical size and thus reduces the amount of time that it takes to read the file from the disk.

At the same time, a compressed file must be decompressed after it has been read from the disk. The decompression happens on the fly in memory, and the process uses some CPU time in addition to memory. If a server is running a disk-intensive application that deals with lots of individual files (not a database), compression may improve performance. Otherwise, it is better not to compress data.