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Event ID 1228 - System Monitor was unable to open Active Directory Domain Services performance counters.

Posted on 2012-03-28
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I have posted about this in the past with no success.

I get the following error periodically - any ideas on how to repair?

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Source: NTDS General
Category: Performance
Event ID: 1228
User (If Applicable): N/A
Computer: SERVER.domain.lan
Event Description: System Monitor was unable to open Active Directory Domain Services performance counters. An attempt to query the following performance counter registry key failed.

Registry key:
SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DirectoryServices\Performance\First Counter

Additional Data

Error value:
2 The system cannot find the file specified.
Event Log Name: Directory Service
Event Log Type: error
Event Log Date Time: 2012-03-29 03:45:00
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Hi, this issue was caused by the Performance Counter Library values failure, which mean some counters may be missing or do not contain counter data. The base set of performance counter libraries may become corrupted and may need to be rebuilt. Additionally, you may need to rebuild any custom (.NET Framework application created) counters or any extensible counters.

You have two options for this error:

1. Ignore this issue if you are not monitoring the ADDS. This error can be ignored only you are not monitoring the ADDS service.
2. Fix this issue by this KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/300956. Before you do this, please make sure you have a latest full backup of your server, in order to prevent any potential issue of the troubleshooting steps.

Thank you!
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Very thorough reply - have not implemented 100% but looks good so far!
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