Adding Microsoft Windows Performance Monitor sources

To capture resource monitoring data from Microsoft Windows Performance Monitor, you must configure the data source.

Before you begin

The Windows Performance Monitor option is enabled only for Microsoft Windows computers. If you are monitoring a non-Windows computer, this option is disabled.


To configure the Windows Performance Monitor data source:

  1. On the Location page, type the user ID, password, and domain. The domain is optional, required only if you need to perform cross-domain authentication.
    Note: The user ID must correspond to a user that is a member of the Performance Monitor Users group or the Administrators group on the computer from which you want to collect resource monitoring data. If the user is not in the Performance Monitor Users group or the Administrators group on the computer that you want to monitor, no Windows Performance Monitor data is collected.
  2. Select Save Password to save your password locally. If you do not save your password, you might be prompted for it (depending on the host system configuration) when editing the configured location or when running test schedules that use the location.
  3. On the Resource page, select the type of data that you want to capture. The tree view shows the host and all of its respective counter groups and counters. To see all the available counters, clear the Show only selected counters check box. Be selective; monitoring all possible resource data requires substantial amounts of memory. Hold your mouse pointer over a counter to see details about what that counter measures.
  4. Configure time intervals on the Options page.
    1. Type the Polling Interval in seconds, for collecting resource data. For example, if you accept the default of 5 seconds, counter information will be collected at 5-second intervals from the specified host during the schedule run.
    2. Type the Timeout Interval in seconds. If the resource monitoring host does not respond within this amount of time during a schedule run, an error is logged.
  5. To collect the resource monitoring data for the system under test that is in the cloud, in the Cloud Options tab, click the Location in Public Cloud check box.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Specify a location and name and click Finish.

What to do next

Note: The host that you want to monitor must be accessible through the Windows network. Resource monitoring data is collected using the net use command to establish a connection to remote computers. File and printer sharing must be enabled on the computer running the Windows operating system. Simple File Sharing, where remote connections are processed as access by the Guest user, must be disabled. In addition, system policies must not be set so that remote connections are processed as access by the Guest user. For example, if the Network security: Sharing and security model for local accounts policy is set to Guest only - local user authenticate as Guest and the Accounts: Guest account status policy is set to Enabled, then remote connections are processed as access by the Guest user. In that case, resource monitoring data is not collected.

Typically, if you are able to connect to a shared hard disk drive on the remote host from the workbench, then you will also be able to collect resource monitoring data from Windows Performance Monitor on the remote host. If file and printer sharing is not enabled on the remote host and you attempt to set up resource monitoring in a schedule, the following message is displayed:

IWAY0241E The host name IP_address is either not a known host or is not a Windows host.

To enable Windows file and printer sharing:

  1. Open the Network Connections Control Panel.
  2. Right-click the Local Area Connection (or the currently active network adapter).
  3. In the menu, click Properties.
  4. Select File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks in This connection uses the following items.
  5. Click OK.