Improving Application Performance
Updated: November 5, 2009
Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 with SP1
Web applications continue to increase in popularity, constituting an ever larger proportion of the average Web server file base. The challenge for administrators is to preserve speed and efficiency while serving complex applications. By monitoring and tuning different types of applications, in addition to static HTML pages, you can estimate application overhead during periods of varying activity to ensure that your server is prepared for the workload.
Use the tools and counters that are included with IIS 6.0, such as those discussed here, to help you optimize application performance:
Testing Applications with Stress Tools. Use a stress client like the Web Capacity Analysis Tool (WCAT) to test your applications under a variety of workloads.
Monitoring and Tuning Applications in IIS 6.0. When you enable ASP.NET and ASP pages on a Web server, IIS provides application-specific counters for monitoring and tuning their performance.