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This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes what you can do to improve and maximize the performance of your business server applications running on IBM System x® hardware and either Windows®, Linux®, or VMware® operating systems. It describes how to improve the performance of the System x hardware, the operating system, and specific server applications.

The book is divided into five parts. Part 1 introduces performance turning, server types and benchmarking. Part 2 explains the technology implemented in the major subsystems in System x servers, and shows what settings can be selected or adjusted to obtain the best performance. Part 3 describes the performance aspects of key operating systems: Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003 and 2008, Red Hat® Enterprise Linux, SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server, and VMware ESX.

Part 4 introduces the performance monitoring tools that are available to users of System x servers. Part 5 shows you how to analyze your system to find performance bottlenecks, and what to do to eliminate them.

This book is targeted at people who configure Intel® and AMD™ processor-based servers running Windows, Linux, or VMware ESX, and seek to maximize performance. Some knowledge of servers is required. Skills in performance tuning are not assumed.

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