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Create and View Performance Log

I would like to create and view a performance log.  The view I want to achieve is a chart that basically shows me the history of usage with a graph chart like the real-time monitor provides.  I thought i created a log that monitored memory usage, processor usage and NIC usage, but the date on the file hasn't been modified since the day I created it.  Also, when I open it, i just see the specs of when I created it.
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bridgetimiller
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MikkkCommented:
In order to create a performance registry  log and continue logging in background, yo have to:
1- Open performance monitor
2- On the left tree select "counter registry" node (or something similar, I've spanish version)
3- On the right pane, right-click ans select "New Config Registry..."
4- Enter a name
5- Add the counters you wqant to monitor
6- On the file tab select "Text file" for better viewing
7- Program the start of this performance log at any time, or start it by you manually later.
8- Select The create performance counter, and if not started, start it.

To see it, go to System monitor node in the left tree and click 4th icon (see registry data)
Select "File" and select the file created by last couter registry.

That's all
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nikhil_deshpandeCommented:
Download Perfwiz this the easy way to create Performance log.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=31fccd98-c3a1-4644-9622-faa046d69214&DisplayLang=en

To analyze the log you have to open the blg file in Perfmon. (Start> Run> Perfmon)

FYI : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/150934/en-us ( This article will help letting you abt the counters to choose eventhough this is applicable to NT4 , perf counters has not changed much for base OS.)
Cheers,
Nikhil
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bridgetimillerAuthor Commented:
When I try to view the log in perfmon, it tells me "mmc cannot open the file.  This may be becuase the file does not exist, is not an MMC console, or was created by a later version of MMC.  This may also be because you do not have sufficient access rights to the file."  

I checked the rights and they are fine.  Any ideas?
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nikhil_deshpandeCommented:
open MMC , click on file > select Add/remoce snap-in > select add buttion > select Performace logs and alerts and hit ok.

Cheers,
Nikhil
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bridgetimillerAuthor Commented:
I still get the same error.  But, I have installed perf wizard and am going to run that for today and then look at the report tomorrow.  I'll let you know.  Thanks!
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nikhil_deshpandeCommented:
ok bridgetimiller.

Cheers,
Nikhil
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bridgetimillerAuthor Commented:
I did this and can see the chart, but I'm not sure how to read this exactly.  The % of processor time syas 197.827.  What does that mean?  I tried to copy and paste the results here but it won't let me.
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bridgetimillerAuthor Commented:
Oh, that was the PRocess time.  The Processor time say 97% for C1 time.  What is that?
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SysExpertCommented:
You should read the help in the Perfmon program for explanations of how to do baseline logging and explanations of counters.

I hope this helps !
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dreamyguyCommented:
the % Processor time shows the % of time the processor spend executing non-idle threads.
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