Using the Performance Console for Patch Testing

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 20 Sept. 2005 / Last Updated on 20 Sept. 2005]

The Performance can be helpful for testing a patch before applying it to a system.

A good patch fixes something broken in an OS or application. A bad patch typically fixes something but breaks something else. One evidence of a bad patch might be that applying it creates a memory leak on your system. By installing the Performance Console on a system, baselineing its memory usage, and then installing the patch and monitoring it some more, memory leaks caused by bad patches can be diagnosed fairly easily and before they cause serious problems for your production systems.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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