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Using Performance Monitor

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

Performance Monitor is a simple yet powerful visualization tool for viewing performance data, both in real time and from log files. With it, you can examine performance data in a graph, histogram, or report.

Membership in the local Performance Log Users group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To start Performance Monitor

  1. Click Start , click in the Start Search box, type perfmon , and press ENTER.

  2. In the navigation tree, expand Monitoring Tools , and then click Performance Monitor .

You can also use Performance Monitor to view real-time performance data on a remote computer.

Membership in the target computer's Performance Log Users group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To connect to a remote computer with Performance Monitor

  1. Start Performance Monitor.

  2. In the navigation tree, right-click Reliability and Performance , and then click Connect to another computer .

  3. In the Select Computer dialog box, type the name of the computer you want to monitor, or click Browse to select it from a list.

  4. Click OK .

Additional considerations

  • To view performance counters from a remote computer, the Performance Logs and Alerts firewall exception must be enabled on the remote computer. In addition, members of the Performance Log Users group must also be members of the Event Log Readers group on the remote computer.

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