SysKit Insights 2 - Monitor and Diagnose SharePoint Page Performance Issues!

SysKit Insight 2.0 has been released. We have conducted thorough research and numerous interviews with SharePoint admins to find out what most troubles them. While it became very apparent that SysKit Insights was the favorite SharePoint monitoring tool for many on-prem SharePoint admins, the consensus of opinion was that we didn’t offer a complete package with respect to hybrid or SharePoint Online environments. This conclusion, along with the results of our surveys, indicated that there was an obvious need for a SharePoint page performance monitoring tool, and it thus became clear which direction we should follow next.

SharePoint sites and pages are pivotal for every organization, because they directly affect end-users, and while server performance may influence overall experience, any error in page performance will cause delays and instantly disable users from doing their work. That is why SysKit Insights 2.0 is able to monitor page performance for SharePoint on-prem, SharePoint Online, and Hybrid environments.

There are many reasons why SharePoint pages may perform poorly. For example, the page may be heavily loaded with images, web parts, or JavaScript code, or the servers may be overloaded or their performance below par, or you may even be experiencing problems with your network. At the end of the day, there are hundreds of possible causes, and if you were to play detective and go over them one by one, in an average or bigger SharePoint farm, it could take you weeks. The next logical step is to find the tool that will do all the heavy lifting for you, but unfortunately no one tool could do all this work for you—until now, that is.

SharePoint Page Performance

Once you have added the SharePoint pages you wish to monitor to SysKit Insights, it will instantly start monitoring their performance. Instantaneously, you will see all the response header metrics, such as uptime, X-SPHealthScore, SPRequestDuration, SPIISLatency, and Page Response Time. The average values of those metrics will immediately reveal whether everything is under control.

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Everything isn’t peachy? Don’t despair.

You can always drill deeper and view all the requests SysKit Insights has made towards the problematic page to diagnose performance issues, and critical values will be marked with all the relevant details. You will be able to see at what time the critical request occurred, along with other relevant metrics, but best of all is the GUID (the correlation ID), which will be supplied with the request in question. You can simply copy this to SysKit Insights’ event viewer and find the log in order to examine it in more depth if you are on-prem, or alternatively (if you are using SharePoint Online), simply send it to Microsoft for analysis.

You can also spot trends in your X-SPHealthScore and divide your resources accordingly. For example, if your health score starts rising (degrading) at specific times, you can add more resources to your SharePoint servers or scale out and add more servers to allow your SharePoint more breathing room.

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Network Activity & Page Elements Load Time

You can open each SharePoint page, where you will instantly see how your page is performing with a Page Score, which ranges from 0 to 100. If your page scores 80 or above, you know you’re in good shape. You will see the load time by resource types on your page (HTML, JavaScript, images, CSS, fonts), as well as the size of your page. Load time by resource type will help you spot the guilty party with respect to your page’s slowness, and help you understand how to speed up your SharePoint page.

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Once you have identified any potential issue that may be causing problems with your page speed, you are ready to drill deeper. One of the best features of SysKit Insights 2.0 is that you are able to inspect each and every element included within your page, and you will instantly see their load time. You can even select a specific image or JavaScript and inspect it further.

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If you are a SharePoint on-prem, hybrid, or SharePoint Online admin, SysKit Insights will help you better understand your SharePoint page’s performance and enable you to determine why it’s running slow. SysKit Insights is available for a 30-day trial, so why not give it a try today?

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