The Condusiv I/O Assessment tool requires .NET version 4.5.1 and supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 as well as Windows 2008 R2 and 2012 (or R2).
The setup phase allows you to do one of the following:
Enter The Information Necessary To Perform A Data Collection Cycle
Import Data From A Previous Data Collection Cycle
If you choose to import data, you are directed to a file chooser popup that will allow you to locate and select a previously stored data collection. By default, data collections are comma separated value lists (.csv files). Once you have selected the file you want to report on and opened it, you will go straight to the reporting screen.
If you decide you want to gather data from your systems, you will need to provide the following data:
The Number Of Days To Monitor (1-7)
The Starting Day Of The Upcoming Week You Want To Start Collecting Data On
Credentials That Will Allow The Tool To Access Your Systems Using Remote WMI To Collect The Required Data
List Of Systems To Monitor
The system names you input need to be able to be accessible remotely. Therefore the names can be IP Addresses or names that can be resolved via DNS into IP Addresses. This tool will collect data for ALL the systems you enter. Should the tool not be able to connect to one of the systems when you tell it to start collecting data, it will tell you there was a problem with accessing the system and allow you to re-enter the system name so the tool can collect the data.
The tool allows you to monitor multiple systems for a time period of one to seven days. The monitoring period will start right after midnight the day before you select. In other words, if you pick Monday as your starting day, the data collection will start right after midnight on Sunday evening. This gives you data for the entire day for all the days that you asked to monitor.
Windows collects various types of data, especially performance data that can be used by tools to manage or monitor Windows systems. This is called Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). The data collection portion of the I/O Assessment tool utilizes that capability to capture specific system and storage related performance metrics Windows already collects. This data can be accessed remotely and many tools, such as Microsoft’s System Center, utilize this data remotely. This tool uses the credentials you enter to collect WMI data remotely. That is why it does not need to install any software on the systems being monitored. Windows already collects the data and makes it available. This tool merely collects it so it can analyze and report on the data. The credentials you enter are not saved persistently. Once this tool exits from its current run the knowledge of the credentials entered goes away. An import of an existing data collection does not require credentials as all the data is local to the system and therefore no remote access of systems is needed.