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Windows Server 2003 System Performance Counters

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

The following counters are standard in the Windows Server 2003 operating system, are installed by Setup by default. Note that some may only be visible if you install or start the associated service.

In addition, some counters are considered "costly," meaning that it takes a long time to collect data from them. These counters do not appear in System Monitor and can only be viewed using Showperf.exe or other performance-related tools in the Windows Server 2003 Technical Reference. The following are examples of costly counters:

Image Object

Process Address Space Object

Thread Details Object

For information about bottlenecks in some of these subsystem components, see the following topics:

Find memory bottlenecks

Find processor bottlenecks

Finding Cache Bottlenecks

Find disk bottlenecks

When monitoring multiprocessor systems, see the following topic:

Finding Bottlenecks on Multiprocessor Computers

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