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'How To' Series (Part 9): Using Performance Monitor Data

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jan 14, 2002


Christopher Rice

          Because of the amount of questions I received regarding my first article on Performance Monitor, I have decided to share some additional information for your review.  If you want to look at the original, see the following link:

Because of the amount of questions I received regarding my first article on Performance Monitor, I have decided to share some additional information for your review. If you want to look at the original, see the following link: http://www.swynk.com/friends/rice/perf.asp

http://www.serverwatch.com/tutorials/article.php/2178431

          So, now you know how to collect the log data and how to open it.  What you need now is to understand what it is that you are looking at.  I will walk you through one of these procedures and hopefully shed some more light on the subject for you.  I will also show you how to access the Help feature located in the Performance Monitor and what you should be looking for in it.

          To start, go to the Control Panel, click the Administrative Tools icon and then click Performance.  You will be presented with the following:











          From here, click on the little database-looking icon along the top panel.  If you leave the cursor over it, you will get a little "View Log File Data" pop-up like I have above.  When you click on this icon, you will have to browse to and select the log that you have created:

          Once you open the file, you will be back in the Performance Monitor.  Now, you will need to add the counters that you want to review.  To do this, right click in the workspace or click the "+" sign icon. You will be presented with the following:

          Now this is where it gets a little tricky.  Let's say that I thought I was having a problem with the memory that the Front Page application was using.  I would drop to the "Processor" performance object, select the FRONTPG setting on the right (under the instance), and select "Virtual Bytes" as the specific counter.  This setup would look like the following:

          Once I click "Add", I am brought back to the Performance Monitor screen.  By default, many of the counters that you put into the screen will need to be adjusted from their default settings.  To do this, highlight the counter that you want to change at the bottom of the screen and then right click and drop to properties.  For our example above, I changed the time window from the "Source" tab:

          And then changed the Scale on the Data page from Default to what you see below:

         This way, the information is brought into the screen for review and analysis. 

          Another way to get information regarding the Performance Monitor is to click the question mark icon in the top right of the screen.  This will bring you to the HTML help files, as seen below:

          Anyone familiar with Windows will know how to work through this help file to get the information that they need. 

If you have any questions, drop me a mail,

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