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System Administration Guide: Advanced Administration
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1.  Managing Terminals and Modems (Overview)

2.  Setting Up Terminals and Modems (Tasks)

3.  Managing Serial Ports With the Service Access Facility (Tasks)

4.  Managing System Resources (Overview)

5.  Displaying and Changing System Information (Tasks)

6.  Managing Disk Use (Tasks)

7.  Managing UFS Quotas (Tasks)

8.  Scheduling System Tasks (Tasks)

9.  Managing System Accounting (Tasks)

10.  System Accounting (Reference)

11.  Managing System Performance (Overview)

What's New in Managing System Performance?

Enhanced pfiles Tool

CPU Performance Counters

Where to Find System Performance Tasks

System Performance and System Resources

Processes and System Performance

About Monitoring System Performance

Monitoring Tools

12.  Managing System Processes (Tasks)

13.  Monitoring System Performance (Tasks)

14.  Troubleshooting Software Problems (Overview)

15.  Managing System Messages

16.  Managing Core Files (Tasks)

17.  Managing System Crash Information (Tasks)

18.  Troubleshooting Miscellaneous Software Problems (Tasks)

19.  Troubleshooting File Access Problems (Tasks)

20.  Resolving UFS File System Inconsistencies (Tasks)

21.  Troubleshooting Software Package Problems (Tasks)


About Monitoring System Performance

While your computer is running, counters in the operating system are incremented to track various system activities.

System activities that are tracked are as follows:

Monitoring Tools

The Oracle Solaris software provides several tools to help you track how your system is performing. The following table describes these tools.

Table 11-3 Performance Monitoring Tools

For More Information
cpustat and cputrack commands
Monitors performance of a system or a process using CPU performance counters.
netstat and nfsstat commands
Displays information about network performance.
ps and prstat commands
Displays information about active processes.
sar and sadc commands
Collects and reports on system activity data.
Sun Enterprise SyMON
Collects system activity data on Sun's enterprise-level systems.
Sun Enterprise SyMON 2.0.1 Software User's Guide
swap command
Displays information about available swap space on your system.
vmstat and iostat commands
Summarizes system activity data, such as virtual memory statistics, disk usage, and CPU activity.
cputrack and cpustat commands
Assists in accessing hardware performance counter facilities provided by microprocessors.
cputrack(1) and cpustat(1M) man pages
kstat and mpstat commands
Examines the available kernel statistics, or kstats, on the system and reports those statistics which match the criteria specified on the command line. The mpstat command reports processor statistics in tabular form.
kstat(1M) and mpstat(1M) man pages.