Testing Storage With Windows Winsat
When you capture packets and see delta times, I wonder how much of that latency is the client, network and server? I know that’s a pretty general bunch of categories but a good start. When you get to a specific device like the client there are numerous variables that can cause excessive latency. Some examples are; poorly written application, antivirus application running scans, tons of excessive background applications and services, misconfigured protocols and of course, storage.
I have covered some of these topics in past articles/videos, but thought winsat deserved an article when I first stumbled across this utility a few months ago.
The Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) is available on Microsoft operating systems from Windows Vista and higher. It measures various performance characteristics and capabilities of the hardware it is running on and reports them as a Windows Experience Index (WEI) score.
In this video I quickly run the command on a client and server and go over some of the returned values.
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