Windows XP Performance Monitor Logs
The Windows XP performance Monitor
allows to store the collected information to a Log-file
for later viewing and evaluation :
Select in the left tree-window under "Performance Logs and
Alters" the item : "Counter Logs" :
||to define your selected,
right-click on the right-windows
and select "New Log Settings...",
and enter a name for your definition.
||tab : General
It shows you the location and name
of the log-file
Add now the Objects (with all counters)
or just specific counters to the list
||Once the counters are defined,
you can define the Interval to select
and store the information.
Note : if you select a lot of counter
and a short interval, then the log-file
can grow very large, if you select
information for hours.
||tab : Logfiles
you can select the format the the log-file
and the method to name the file.
Via the button "Configure" you can
define the location of the Log-file and
limit its size :
||tab : schedule
Define to start and stop the Logging manually
or an a predefined time
If you decided to start the
Logging manually :
high-light the settings and select in the toolbar to Start
The system will indicate an active Logging by displaying it in
to stop logging, select in the Toolbar to Stop-button.
|On my system, Windows XP refused to stop the logging
this way :
I had to use in "Administrative Tools" the
I selected the Service for
"Performance Logs and Alters" and used the
tool-bar button to stop it:
||I had collected information only for a few minutes,
but because I had selected all counters for some
objects, it created a fairly large file already.
To display and evaluate such a log-file :
Display System Monitor and click in the Toolbar on the
"Disk" icon to "View Log Data" :
||This displays the Properties with the
Select as Data Source : Log-Files and use
the button "Add" to locate the Log-file.
||You can still customize the display, but when
selecting to add additional counters to be
displayed, the selection list will ONLY
include the counters, for which data has been
collected in the Log-file, for the Objects
counters defined for the logging.
||Once a log-file is displayed, then
the tab: Source of the Property page
also displays the Time Range:
- information on start and stop of logging
You can move the Time- Range slide
bars (at both ends) to narrow the display,
a vertical line will be displayed in the chart, allowing you to
get an exact time on when
certain events were logged :
Since the Log-files can become very large, you can define the
start of logging to be triggered
by an alert.