Have you ever wanted to quickly find the processes running using Powershell? Wanted an alternate to Task Manager? Well I am going to show you how.
Whenever I get a call from someone about a performance issue on any of our SQL Servers I always usually have a quick glance of Task Manager so that I can help identify what maybe causing the problem. However, the problem can be that on a server which is low on resources it may take a long time to open or the opening of task manager may add to the problems or it may not open at all.
This has led me to frequently opening PowerShell and using it to get the information which I need. The script is quite simple and is below.
I have found the advantage of using the script is that it gives me a snapshot whilst in task manager it is always a moving target and if I run it several times I can just scroll up and down to find a pattern which would help diagnose the problem.
Originally published at https://parvtheitgeek.com on February 17, 2014.