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Performance counter fails when running against a remote system

Posted on 2008-10-21
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The issue seems to be specific to the file "pdh.dll".  I replaced this file with a version from the Windows XP cd, and I get the same error message.  This only happens when running the performance counter against a remote machine.  It will start, write a few lines of data to the file, then quit and brings up an error report window.  When I run a similar performance counter against the local machine, it works just fine.  

This worked fine just a few days ago, now it just errors out.  Any suggestions as to what is causing this to happen?

OS System info: Windows XP SP3

Error message:
Faulting application smlogsvc.exe, version 5.1.2600.5512, faulting module pdh.dll, version 5.1.2600.2180, fault address 0x00023618.
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Sart > Run msconfig
Click on the tab marked "Startup"
Click the Disable All button.

If the problem no longer persists then one of the items in the starup is the culprit you just need to track it down.
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Can you recreate the problem by logging in to the same machine with other user account ???
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Nothing has changed on the machine from the last time it worked until now. Also, I can login to the machine remotely and run the performance counter, and it still fails.  I can still run the local performance counter with no issues, it's just the one being urn against the remote PC that fails.  

Any other suggestions??

Also, if i change the type of logs file that is being save to bnary it works just fine, however it needs to be saved as a comma delimited file.
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The problem has been solved.  The issue was being caused by the Description field of the counter.  When we removed the Description from the counter, everything ran just fine.

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