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Troubleshooting poor server performances

Article ID: 783
Last updated: 16 Sep, 2020

Overview

This article describes the main investigations and check to do if an Imagicle AppSuite server performs badly, that is when one or more of the following symptoms are observed:

  • The average CPU usage level of the server (total CPU) is above 65-70%.
  • Imagicle processes consumes much more CPU than normally observed on other similar installations.
  • Operations and commands take a long time to complete.

Troubleshooting

1. Verify the server sizing

Verify the (virtual) hardware is properly sized for the amount of users and channels in use.
The Imagicle WEB site describes in the Tech Specs/Requirements section of each product the minimum HW requirements for different combinations of applications and users.

2.  Avoid oversubscription/overallocation

  • Verify with the customer the virtual server is not running in CPU oversubscription. 
    Remember the CPUs required by Imagicle must be intended as physical cores: if hyperthreading is enabled on the physical host, the number of virtual CPUs assigned to each Imagicle VM must be doubled.
  • Verify the virtual server is not running under memory (RAM) overallocation conditions. 
  • Ensure the CPU reservation has been done for Imagicle virtual servers, according with our virtual server requirements.

3.  Verify the power options

Verify the virtual server is configured for High Performance (Control Panel → Power Options):

If running a physical server, verify all power supply units are properly working.

4.  VMWare snapshots

Verify if the virtual machine has VMWare snapshots. 

VMWare snapshots, in facts, can severely impact the guest machine performance and should be taken and hold on production machines only on certain circumstances. 
The general recommendation is having at most one snapshot for each virtual machine, and such snapshot should not be older than 72 hours. 

For further details see this article: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1025279

5.  Antivirus software

If an Antivirus is running, verify the exclusions documented here have been applied, as requested.

6.  Windows Defender

Verify the Application Suite installation path is excluded from Windows Defender antivirus/antimalware. 

You can check it running a Windows Powershell with admin privileges (“Run as administrator”) and executing this cmdlet:

Get-MpPreference

In the output of such cmdlet, the ExclusionPath should include the AppSuite installation folder:

You can exclude the Imagicle AppSuite folder using the following PowerShell cmdlet (it requires local administration privileges):

Add-MpPreference -ExclusionPath "C:\Program Files (x86)\StonevoiceAS\"

Alternatively, you can exclude, one by one, the processes specified at this page, using the option -ExclusionProcess. For instance:

Add-MpPreference -ExclusionProcess "C:\Program Files (x86)\StonevoiceAS\Apps\Attendant\Component\Assembly\Attendant.Core.ConsoleServerService.exe" 

See here for the full documentation by Microsoft. 

Article ID: 783
Last updated: 16 Sep, 2020
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