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Monitoring Boot Performance

Today it is still as common as it was in the 90s to go for a coffee after switching on the PC in the morning, only to find it still booting when coming back several minutes later. SSDs have not arrived in the average office yet, and even they can only cure some of the diseases that cause computers to start up agonizingly slowly.

Boot performance is to a PC what logon performance is to a terminal server.

One big difference from the 90s is that today many organizations start to realize the adverse effects of bad startup performance on employee productivity. Once they do so they need to find out where they stand. That is easy for a single boot process on a single PC – just time it with a stopwatch – but enterprises need more. They must be able to answer questions like the following:

  • What is the average boot duration over all PCs?
  • Is it getting better or worse over time?
  • Which PCs have the worst boot duration?

uberAgent answers all these questions. It analyzes key metrics for each boot process, and it does so without adding additional load that would slow down the boot process even further!

Take a look at this graph; you can see at a glance where all that disk IO is going:

uberagent-boot-io-count-per-process

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