SUMMARY: Performance tools for Solaris

From: Erik J. Tolido (
Date: Tue Sep 05 1995 - 10:32:12 CDT

My orginal question was:

> Can anybody recommend any performance management tools for the Solaris (2.4)
> environment in terms of tuning and monitoring performance. I've been using
> the basic sar, iostat and perfmeter utilities, but am wondering if there's
> anything else out there? Some general rules of thumb would be appreciated
> as well.

I got some great answers. The best reference as far as I can tell is the
book and tool by Adrian Cockcroft. The URL for his new Web Page column is:

A summary of the answers I received is posted below. In addition to Adrian's
SE Toolkit, I will also check out proctool. Thanks to everyone who responded!

-Erik (Kevin Sheehan {Consulting Poster Child})
Leif Hedstrom <>
Garry Robbins <>
misawa@physics.Berkeley.EDU (Shigeki Misawa) (Jeff Wasilko)
Carlo Tosti <> (Koen Peeters)
William Charles <>
cesa!leo@Sun.COM (Leonardo Solorzano) (Rahul Roy) (Birendra Agarwal)

Oh yes, you need Adrian Cockcrofts SE package (including Virtual
Adrian). There are a variety of performance tuning and monitoring tools,
including tools to implements the "rules" from Adrian's Solaris
performance tuning book (which is a must for serious Sun sysadmins).

The package (se2.4) is available from

Check out this month they have an article about
performance tools.


GlancePlus from HP ships on the Catalyst CD. You install it and
get a 60 day free trial.

top (freeware from the net) is also nice.


Have a look at `proctool' from:


If you have access to SunSolve there are lots of stb documents
you could refer to.


There is an excelent graphic tool named "proctool". You may contact
the authors:

        Morgan Herrington (
        Walter Nielsen (

or look at some of the sunsites for the last release. There are versions
for Solaris 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, both SPARC and X86.

..There is a doc avble from Sun for perf tools for solaris.
Try one of the sunsites.

1. Proctool - avble from Sun
2. openvision - Perform/Trend
3. AIM's Sharpshooter
3. Landmark - TMON UNIX


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