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Configure Performance Monitoring

Published: April 15, 2010

Updated: May 5, 2010

Applies To: Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0

AD FS 2.0 includes its own dedicated performance counters to help you monitor the performance of both federation servers and federation server proxy computers. To use the Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor to monitor the performance of your AD FS 2.0 servers, it’s useful to create a new data collector set and add the AD FS 2.0 counters to that view. The following procedure describes how to configure performance monitoring for AD FS 2.0.

  1. Open Reliability and Performance Monitor.

    To open Reliability and Performance Monitor, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Reliability and Performance Monitor.

  2. In the console tree, expand Data Collector Sets, right-click User Defined, point to New, and then click Data Collector Set.

    The Create New Data Collector Set Wizard appears.

  3. In Create New Data Collector Set, for Name type a name for the new data collector set (such as "AD FS 2.0 performance"), click Create manually (Advanced), and then click Next.

  4. For the type of data to include, verify that Create data logs is selected, and then click the check boxes for the following data types: Performance counter, Event trace data, System configuration information.

  5. For performance counters, expand AD FS 2.0 in the Available counters list, and then click Add.

    The AD FS 2.0 performance counters should appear in the Added counters list.

  6. When you are prompted to add event trace providers, click Add, select AD FS 2.0 Eventing and AD FS 2.0 Tracing from the list of providers.

  7. When you are prompted to add registry keys to monitor, click Next.

  8. When you are prompted to specify the location to save the performance data, you can accept the default location (%systemdrive%\PerfLogs\Admin\<data_collector_set>, and then click Next.

  9. When you are prompted to create the data collector set, select Save and close, and then click Finish.

    The new data collector set appears in the console tree under the User Defined node.

  10. Use the following steps to work with the AD FS 2.0 performance counters:

    • To begin performance monitoring using AD FS 2.0-related counters, right-click the data collector set that you added (such as "AD FS 2.0 performance"), and then click Start.

    • To create a report to view the performance monitoring results, right-click the data collector set that you added (such as "AD FS 2.0 performance"), and then click Latest Report.

    • To end a capture of performance data so that you can view the latest report, right-click the data collector set that you added (such as "AD FS 2.0 performance"), and then click Stop.

    The latest report is added and numbered automatically (starting at 000001) under the Report\User Defined\<data_collector_set> node in the console tree.

The following table lists the AD FS 2.0 performance counters and describes how they are useful for monitoring activity that relates to either a federation server or federation server proxy.

 

Counter Description Can be used on:

Token Requests

Monitors the number of token requests sent to the federation server including SSOAuth token requests.

Federation Servers

Token Requests/sec

Monitors the number of token requests sent to the federation server including SSOAuth token requests per second.

Federation Servers

Federation Metadata Requests

Monitors the number of incoming federation metadata requests sent to the federation server.

Federation Servers

Federation Metadata Requests/sec

Monitors the number of incoming federation metadata requests per second that are sent to the federation server.

Federation Servers

Artifact Resolution Requests

Monitors the number of incoming federation metadata requests per second that are sent to the federation server.

Federation Servers

Artifact Resolution Requests/sec

Monitors the number of requests to the artifact resolution endpoint per second that are sent to the federation server.

Federation Servers

Proxy Requests

Monitors the number of incoming requests sent to the federation server proxy.

Federation Server Proxies

Proxy Requests/sec

Monitors the number of incoming requests per second that are sent to the federation server proxy.

Federation Server Proxies

Proxy MEX Requests

Monitors the number of incoming WS-Metadata Exchange (MEX) requests that are sent to the federation server proxy.

Federation Server Proxies

Proxy MEX Requests/sec

Monitors the number of incoming MEX requests per second that are sent to the federation server proxy.

Federation Server Proxies

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