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Chapter 8.1. Overview of Managing Networ... > Managing Server Network Performance

Managing Server Network Performance

Most of the work required to manage server network performance can be summed up in two activities: planning and monitoring. The physical planning of network subnets, gateways, and the placement of servers will have the greatest impact on the performance of network servers. A balance must be maintained between the benefits of load-balancing and fault-tolerance, which have a tendency to centralize servers; and the placement of network resources close to the potential users of the services provided by those servers. The role of sites in Active Directory can also be used to fine-tune some of these performance characteristics. A well-designed network will have servers placed to facilitate load-balancing and fault-tolerance without requiring all network traffic to cross too many routers to reach network servers.

After a TCP/IP and Active Directory infrastructure is planned, you must also undertake a proactive monitoring of the network to guarantee continued performance. The use of Network Monitor, Event Logs, and Performance Monitor should be planned to facilitate an ongoing view of the network. Use of these tools will guarantee that you can identify and repair performance problems before users become aware of them. The Resource Kit also contains a number of useful activities for managing a server's network performance.


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