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Performance : Difference between PDH and WMI Performance Counters

Posted on 2004-08-19
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I wonder what the differences are between the Performance Data Helper ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/perfmon/base/performance_data_helper.asp ) and the WMI Performance Counter Classes ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/wmisdk/wmi/performance_counter_classes.asp). Are they based on the same function, what is their relation ??
And, what should I use to make a performance monitoring tool ??

Thanks in advance, any idea/contribution is very appreciated
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by:jkr
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>>Are they based on the same function, what is their relation ??

They're based on the same functionality/technology and read the data from the HKEY_PERFORMANCE_DATA key in the registry.

>>And, what should I use to make a performance monitoring tool ??

That depends - if you are already using WMI or VB, I'd go that way, but from e.g. C++, WMI interfaces are more than cumbersome to handle.
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by:Confettis
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Thanks for your answer.
And which of the two requires less system resources (or, is there no difference sindse they are based on the same registry-key )??
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>>is there no difference sindse they are based on the same registry-key

I'd say they both introduce the same overhead.
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by:Confettis
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Thanks a lot.
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