Monitoring & Diagnosing Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server Performance

At NAV Tech Days 2014, Dmytro Sitnik and I presented “Monitoring & Diagnosing Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server Performance”. The presentation and video are now available for download at mibuso.com.

The presentation was a great opportunity to see how NAV developers are interested in tools to analyze Dynamics NAV performance. There were also a lot of tough questions afterwards 🙂

What I learnt is that having a few performance counters and the infrastructure for diagnosing NAV performance is not enough. The “proper” way to create benchmarks for a system is to collect data from the performance counters over a statistically significant period of “normal” usage and then analyze the data to define the expected metrics for normal usage. This is time consuming and I think most NAV developers would like to have an easier way of determining whether their system is performing normally and to quickly identify any obvious issues.

There are tools for analyzing SQL server performance that provide a pre-defined set of “normal” performance metrics and configuration parameters to identify any obvious issues. This is not a comprehensive performance analysis but it makes a good starting point for investigations.

What is needed for NAV is a set of guidelines for NAV performance counters and configuration parameters. I will be collecting data from my own investigations to build a set of guidelines.

Let me know if you have any comments or suggestions.

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