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Viewing performance Monitor log files

The activity data collected by Performance Monitor can be displayed "live" on a graph, or you can store it in a log file, using what is called a user defined data collector set. In order to correlate Performance Monitor data with Profiler trace data, you must store the activity data in a log file. This log file can then be imported into Profiler for the correlation analysis.

Performance monitor provides a wizard to help you do this, which entails three main steps:

  • Creating a new Log file definition
  • Selecting Performance Counters
  • Creating and saving the Log file

Defining a new Performance Monitor Log File

On starting Performance Monitor, you will see a screen similar to the one shown in Figure 1-1. By default, Performance Monitor operates in "live graphing" mode, which shows the graph being created on the screen in real time.

Figure 1-1: Start Performance Monitor. The appearance of the screen will vary somewhat from OS to OS.

In Vista and SQL Server 2008, a Performance Monitor log is referred to as a Data Collector Set. To set up a new data collector set (i.e. log file), double-click on "Data Collector Sets" then right-click on "User Defined" and select "New | Data Collector Set", as shown in Figure 1-2:

Figure 1-2: You need to create a new "Data Collector Set."

You will be presented with the "Create a new Data Collector Set" screen, as shown in Figure 1-3:

Figure 1-3: Give the Data Collector Set its own name.

Assign the Data Collector Set a name, such as "System Correlation". At the bottom of the screen, select "Create Manually" and click "Next". I recommend that you use the manual option over the template option because you have more flexibility when selecting the events you want to collect. The screen shown in Figure 1-4 appears:

Figure 1-4: You want to create a "Performance Counter" data collector set.

To create our Performance Monitor log, check the box next to "Performance Counter" and click "Next". The other events that can be collected are of no use to us when performing our correlation analysis.

Selecting Performance Counters for the Log File

The next screen in the wizard, shown in Figure 1-5, allows you to select the counters you'd like to record and save in the log file.

Figure 1-5: You now need to select the Performance Monitor counters you want to capture as part of your log file.

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