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"Performance and Reliability Monitor" (RPM) is missing from 2008 R2???

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I hope someone can help.  I think I'm going insane.  I just read an article to diagnose some RAM issues with Active Directory.  (See Here:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc268214.aspx)

In this article they mention running the "Performance and Reliability Monitor" (RPM) to diagnose the issues.  I can't for the life of me find any such tool.

In researching the web, I find that it should be in the Administrative Tools.  I've also found it can be launched by running Perfmon.  Every article I run clearly identifies the tool as "Performance and Reliability Monitor".

The only thing I see in Administrative Tools is "Performance Monitor", which is also what runs if I run the command "Perfmon".

Every screenshot I see of Performance and Reliability Monitor clearly shows the text "Performance and Reliability Monitor" in the left hand tree/pane.  All I see is "Performance Monitor" when launching this myself.

Am I insane?  Did this tool get renamed or something? What am I missing here?

Furthermore, if I do launch Perfmon, I get an MMC snapin that looks identical to the RPM, however I'm having additional troubles.  For instance, I'm trying to run some of the "Active Directory Diagnostics" under "Data Collector Sets -> System".  When I click the green arrow to start the collecting, the green arrow turns grey and disappears as if it's running, however the Stop error never shows up, which would signify I cannot STOP the collecting.  I'm left with nothing to do.  If I close perfmon and repeat, the green arrow shows up again as if I never pressed it to begin with.  If I attempt to start, I get the same results.  Nothing.

I hope someone can please help.  I've tested this on at least 2 of my 2008 R2 servers.
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by:gheist
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RPM - Redhat Package Manager?

 
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by:MMcDonald
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RPM = Reliability and Performance Manager.  I swapped the words above.
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by:MMcDonald
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Correction.. Reliability and Performance Monitor
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by:gheist
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http://www.google.com/search?q=RPM
I find advanced performance tools around Win-Break combination
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by:MMcDonald
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gheist... I don't understand what you are suggesting in your reply.  That is just a google query for RPM.

To make my query more clear, take a gander at the following article:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771692(WS.10).aspx.

In here, in the section marked "Starting Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor", it states the following:

You can use the Computer Management snap-in in Microsoft Management Console to access Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor.
 To start Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor
1.  Click Start, right-click Computer, and click Manage.
2.  In the Microsoft Management Console navigation tree, click Reliability and Performance.

The problem is, "Reliability and Performance" does not exist in my navigation tree.  "Performance" does.  But it's not the same thing.

Furthermore, see the attached image showing this tool.  This does not exist on any of the 2008 R2 systems I manage, however it does seem to exist on base 2008 systems.

 image1-597.png

Or see the following which is an image of the actual tool running.  When I open the Performance monitor, it looks similar but is not the same.  E.g. it's missing the "Reliability" part, from both the navigation tree as well as the titlebar.

Should be:
 reliable-monitor.jpg

Mine:
 Perfmon running
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After some more searching on my own, it appears they made changes between 2008 and 2008 R2.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee731897(WS.10).aspx.  I guess I can close this now.
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Closing my own as my research leads to the best (and only) solution.
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