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I'm looking for suggestions/advice on what tools can help test for performance of Operating Systems (Windows and Mac). For example, monitor for performance stats (cpu, mem, disk usage) before and then after a certain agent (i.e. security software) is loaded on a system. I am aware of PerfMon on windows. I am open to all and any suggestions and any help/advice is appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

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You can use JMeter PerfMon Plugin which can be used for collecting various performance metrics across variety of platforms

Moreover you will be able to use Apache JMeter load testing capabilities to conduct the required load onto the operating system under test.

Check out How to Monitor Your Server Health & Performance During a JMeter Load Test for more detailed information and instructions.

  • Thank you for this info. I apologize for (perhaps) ignorant question but isn't Jmeter a tool used for web application performance? and/or Web server performance? or can it also be used to monitor and collect perfomance stats on endpoint devices (laptops) with Windows or Mac OS? Thank you in advance. – as134_user3693277 Jul 31 '19 at 17:44
  • You can collect performance stats (CPU, RAM, Network, Disk, etc. metrics using JMeter PerfMon Plugin – Dmitri T Aug 1 '19 at 6:55
  • Got it, is there a difference between using JMeter PerfMon Plugin and the Perfmon Windows Native tool? does this also work on MacOS? – as134_user3693277 Aug 1 '19 at 17:13

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