Jun 8 2007

Windows Vista’s Reliability and Performance Monitor Part 1

helpindex3.pngIn this series of posts we’ll look at Vista’s Reliability and Performance Monitor. How it works and how to customize the reports.

Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that provides tools for analyzing system performance. From a single console, you can monitor application and hardware performance in real time, customize what data you want to collect in logs, define thresholds for alerts and automatic actions, generate reports, and view past performance data in a variety of ways.


Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor combines the functionality of previous stand-alone tools including Performance Logs and Alerts (PLA), Server Performance Advisor (SPA), and System Monitor. It provides a graphical interface for the customization of Data Collector Sets and Event Trace Sessions.

Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor consists of three monitoring tools: Resource View, Performance Monitor, and Reliability Monitor. Data collection and logging is performed using Data Collector Sets.

Performance Monitor:

Performance Monitor provides a visual display of built-in Windows performance counters, either in real time or as a way to review historical data. You can add performance counters to Performance Monitor by dragging and dropping, or by creating custom Data Collector Sets. It features multiple graph views that enable you to visually review performance log data. You can create custom views in Performance Monitor that can be exported as Data Collector Sets for use with performance and logging features.

Resource View:

The home page of Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor is the new Resource View screen, which provides a real-time graphical overview of CPU, disk, network, and memory usage. By expanding each of these monitored elements, system administrators can identify which processes are using which resources. In previous versions of Windows, this real-time process-specific data was only available in limited form in Task Manager.

Reliability Monitor:

Reliability Monitor calculates a System Stability Index that reflects whether unexpected problems reduced the reliability of the system. A graph of the Stability Index over time quickly identifies dates when problems began to occur. The accompanying System Stability Report provides details to help troubleshoot the root cause of reduced reliability. By viewing changes to the system (installation or removal of applications, updates to the operating system, or addition or modification of drivers) side by side with failures (application failures, operating system crashes, or hardware failures), you can develop a strategy for addressing the issues.

To open Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor, click Start, right-click Computer, and click Manage. Expand System Tools and click Reliability and Performance.

Stand by for Part 2

Information aggregated from Microsoft TechNet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx

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