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Creating Data Collector Sets

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista

A Data Collector Set is the building block of performance monitoring and reporting in Windows Performance Monitor. It organizes multiple data collection points into a single component that can be used to review or log performance. A Data Collector Set can be created and then recorded individually, grouped with other Data Collector Set and incorporated into logs, viewed in Performance Monitor, configured to generate alerts when thresholds are reached, or used by other non-Microsoft applications. It can be associated with rules of scheduling for data collection at specific times. Windows Management Interface (WMI) tasks can be configured to run upon the completion of Data Collector Set collection.

Data Collector Sets can contain the following types of data collectors:

  • Performance counters

  • Event trace data

  • System configuration information (registry key values)

You can create a Data Collector Set from a template, from an existing set of Data Collectors in a Performance Monitor view, or by selecting individual Data Collectors and setting each individual option in the Data Collector Set properties.

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