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How to use performance logs and alerts on windows xp computer

How to Use Performance Logs And Alerts On Windows XP Computer?

On a Windows XP Computer this tool can be very handy. It enables you to log counter information to a file and to trigger alerts that are based on configured events. You can automatically collect performance data from the local computer or from remote computers.

You can also view the logged data from System Monitor, or you can export it to a spreadsheet program or a database, such as Structured Query Language.

The Performance Logs And Alerts node contains three type of logs alerts.

• Counter Logs Log activity for selected counters at regular intervals.

• Trace Logs Log activity for selected counters when a particular event occurs.

• Alerts Log activity and can notify a user when a particular counter exceeds a certain threshold.

To enable performance logging on computer, follow these steps:

STEP 1. In the Performance window, expand Performance Logs And Alerts.

STEP 2. Right-click Counter Logs, and select New Log Settings.

STEP 3. In the New Log Setting dialog box, enter the name for the log and click OK.

STEP 4. On the General tab, add the counters that you like to log. Modify the         sampling interval if necessary.

STEP 5. On the Log Files tab, you can change the name and location of the log file, as well as the type of file if required.

STEP 6. On the Schedule tab, configure the start and stop times for logging. You can manually stop and start logging, or you can configure logging to start and stop at specified times.

STEP 7. Click OK to save the log configuration.

To view performance logs on Windows XP computer, follow these steps:

STEP 1. In the Performance console, click System Monitor, right-click the data display, and then choose Properties.

STEP 2. In the System Monitor Properties dialog box, on the Source tab, select Log Files. Click Add, and enter the name of the log file that you wish to view. Press OK to continue.

STEP 3. Next, Right-click the data display, and then select Add Counters.

STEP 4. Add the counters that you like to view, and then click OK. The available counters are limited to those that are present in the log.

Note: Any time you want to test the performance of your Windows XP computer , its better to use a different computer to monitor performance than the computer that is being monitored. The secret behind of this is that, the performance console itself uses some system resources.

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