Q: What is an easy way to compare the performance of multiple servers running the same workload?

A: Microsoft Server Performance Advisor (SPA), which at time of writing is at version 3.0, lets you compare the workloads of servers and do many other performance-related comparisons. SPA can be downloaded from the Microsoft website and enables several great capabilities:

  • Compare performance of the same server at different windows of time. For example, benchmark a newly installed server, then compare to current performance.
  • Compare different servers running the same workloads.

SPA has special packs that can track general server performance as well as track the performance of IIS and Hyper-V.

SPA works with Windows Server 2008 and later (including Windows Server 2012).

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