Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Using Performance Monitor to Get More System Stats
arrow to see the individual counters available for the selected subject. Because
some of the counter names are vague, you can turn on the bottom description
pane to find out more details about a specific counter by checking the Show
Description box in the lower-left corner of the window.
Say that you want to monitor remote desktop connections made to your
computer. You can easily accomplish this with the right performance counter:
1. With the Add Counters window open, navigate through the list of subjects
and expand Terminal Services.
2. You see three counters: Active Sessions, Inactive Sessions, and Total
Sessions. Select Active Sessions.
3. Depending on the counter, you may be required to select which instance
of the object you want to track. If your computer has a multi-core CPU
chip and you are using a CPU utilization counter, the Instances Of Selected
Object list box displays and enables you to choose what core of the CPU
you want to track. The selected Active Sessions counter has no instance
options, so that box remains grayed out.
4. After you select the counter, click the Add button.
5. When a new counter has been added, you can always add more counters
on the same screen. Select the Total Sessions counter and click Add again.
6. Click OK to close the Add Counters window and return to the Performance
Monitor screen.
TIP When selecting performance counters, you can hold the Ctrl key and select
multiple counters at once instead of having to click each counter individually
and then hitting Add. Then click the Add button and all the selected counters are
added. Additionally, if you want to add all the counters in a category, select the
category name and click Add.
TIP When adding performance counters to the Performance Monitor, it is
possible to add counters from a remote computer. If your computer is on a
corporate domain and you have administrative rights, or if you have an administrative
account on another home computer, you can easily monitor the performance
remotely. When the Add Counters window is open, simply type the name of the
computer in the Select Counters From Computer box. Alternatively, you can click
the Browse button and select the computer if the remote computer’s name is
broadcast across your network. After entering the computer name, press Enter to
connect. If you get an error in a home or non-domain environment, make sure that
you have permissions on your domain to use this feature and that your username
and password for the account you are currently logged on to is the same on both
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