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How to measure bandwidth usage of Agent Handlers in an ePolicy Orchestrator (on-premise) environment
Technical Articles ID:   KB90826
Last Modified:  6/11/2019


McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) 5.10


The instructions provided below show how to measure the bandwidth usage of an ePO on-premise installation. This data can be used for estimating the bandwidth requirements and costs when running in the public cloud (for example: AWS, Azure)
This information can be used within the cost calculator Amazon Web Services (AWS): http://calculator.s3.amazonaws.com/index.htm


Create a Performance Data Collector set report for an Agent Handler:

  • You need access to the server running your Agent Handlers
  • You require administrator rights.
  1. Log on to the Agent Handler (AH) servers as an administrator
  2. In the bottom left of your screen, click the Windows start icon.
  3. To start the performance monitor in 32-bit admin mode, in the input field type: mmc /32 perfmon.msg
  4. In the Performance Monitor window, on the left side pane under Monitoring Tools, select Performance Monitor
  5. In the right-pane, click the green plus + icon.
  6. In the Add Counters window under the Available Counters section, take the following actions:
    1. Expand ePolicy Orchestrator Server by clicking the + sign next to it.
    2. Select the following items:
      • Completed Agent Requests/sec
      • Open ePO Agent Connections
      • Processed Events/sec
    3. Click Add, to place the above selected items in the Add Counters pane (right-pane).
    4. Expand Network Interface
    5. Select the following items:
      • Bytes Received/sec 
      • Bytes Sent/sec
      • Bytes Total/sec
      • Current Bandwidth
    6. Click Add, to place the above selected item in the Add Counters pane (right-pane).
    7. Expand Processor and select %Processor Time“, then click Add to add to the right-pane.
    8. Click OK.
  7. Right-click on the performance monitor graph and select Properties.
    1. Click the General tab.
    2. Under the Graph Elements, set the following:
      • Sample every to 150
      • Duration to 300 seconds.
    3. Click OK.
  8. In the left pane right-click Performance Monitor and select New, Data Collector Set.
  9. In the Name field, type AH Data Collector Set, then click Next.
  10. In the Root Directory field, type the location you want the data to be store. For example c:\, then click Next.
  11. Click Finish. You now see the AH Data Collector Set.
To rename the output file:
  1. In the left pane expand Data Collector Sets, User Defined and Select AH Data Collector Set.
  2. In the right pane, right-click System Monitor Log“ and select Properties
  3. Change the name In the Log file name field. Default log file name is System Monitor log.
  4. Click OK.

To generate the performance monitor data set file you defined under c:\,
  1. In the left pane expand Data Collector Sets, User Defined 
  2. To start generating Performance data report, either:
    1. Right-click AH Data Collector Set, then click Start.
    2. In the right pane on the toolbar, click the right chevron > (green icon)
Once the performance report is started to generate, you see the output file under c: root
  1. Let the log run for 24–48 hours.
After collecting enough data:
  1. Open Performance Monitor.
  2. To stop generating performance data report, either:
    1. Expand Data Collector SetsUser Defined, then right-click AH Data Collector Set and select Stop 
    2. From the right pane in the toolbar, click the stop icon (black box icon).
  3. The data collected from the specified folder (in our example (C:\) is stored in the Root System Monitor Log.blg file can be opened with PerfMon.

When you need to collect more data, create a file name, and start the same data collector set again.

Delete the collected data set when no longer required.

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