Monday, September 3, 2007

Setting Up PerfMon Logs

One of best ways to monitor your system performance is to use Windows Performance Monitor Logs and Alerts. These logs can be used to capture historical information about different performance objects and would help us understand what was happening on the system at that point of time.

Steps to setup a Perfmon Log

  1. This can be done by opening up Perfmon:
  2. Click on “Performance Logs and Alerts”
  3. Click on “Counter Logs”
  4. Right click on the same and click on “New Log Settings”
  5. Give the log a name
  6. Click on “Add Objects” and add all the objects
  7. Click on the “Log Files” tab
  8. You can change the log file location by clicking on the “Configure” button
  9. Click on the “Schedule” tab and then for “Start Log” and “Stop Log”, select the “Manually (Using the Shortcut menu)” option
  10. Click on the “OK” button to create the log
  11. Then right-click on the Log and click on “Start” to begin the logging
  12. Right-click on the log file and click on “Stop” to end the logging
    There is hardly any performance impact in collecting perfmon logs on any server