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automating Perfmon - advanced scheduling

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Hi.

We want to have our Perfmon Counter Log run automatically.  Perfmon's scheduling options are pretty weak. We want to set it up to run every other Tuesday at 7:00 AM, for example.

Is there any simple way of doing this?  Say, with a Windows Scheduled Task that runs a batch file?
Does perfmon have undocumented command line parameters?

I already read this:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;323314
I was hoping that there was a simpler solution.

Thanks
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by:Eugene Z
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what counters are you monitoring?
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a few from Memory
a few from Processor
a few from Physical Disk
a few Sql server ones
Buffer manager, Databases, Locks, General Stats, Memory Manager)
and, finally System\Processor Queue Length

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by:Eugene Z
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if you are using SQL SERVERS 2000
there are system statistical functions that can help you

@@CPU_BUSY
@@IDLE
@@IO_BUSY
@@PACK_RECEIVED
@@PACK_SENT
@@PACKET_ERRORS
@@TIMETICKS
@@TOTAL_ERRORS
@@TOTAL_READ
@@TOTAL_WRITE
fn_virtualfilestats
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by:Eugene Z
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also you can use

select cpu,physical_io, memusage, * from master..sysprocesses
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by:Eugene Z
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also  there is in reskit
Perfmtr.exe: Performance Meter

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winntas/maintain/netmgmt.mspx

This command-line tool displays text-based information on the performance of a computer running Windows 2000.

Performance Meter can show:

CPU usage
file cache usage
header
I/O usage
POOL usage
Cache Manager reads and writes
server statistics
virtual memory usage
x86-based processor Virtual DOS Machine (VDM) usage
To use PerfMtr
At the command prompt, type:
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by:Eugene Z
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one more from MS_DOS command
that you can run from sql server
with xp_cmdshell command as job,

Typeperf.exe: Performance Data in the Command Window

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/default.asp?url=/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/core/fneb_mon_bhod.asp
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by:Eugene Z
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use the exec in test environment at first from

batch file with control of time stop the batch execution CTL+C
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by:catfink
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I know this question has been closed, but others may seek to do the same thing, so here is my solution:

1.  Open PerfMon and setup your counters
2.  Save the perfmon file on your drive
3.  Create a batch file that starts the perfmon file you saved, i.e.
     start myperfmon.msc
4.  Create a Scheduled Task to run each Tuesday at 7PM (per your request) and have it execute the batch file.

I currently do this and it works perfectly.
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