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Using Performance Monitor with other Workstations on your Network

One of the best benefits of Performance Monitor is its capability to monitor object:counter relationships on systems located throughout the network. Any other Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows NT workstations connected to the same network can be monitored using Performance Monitor. Multiple systems, each with its own set of counters, can be monitored in the same view. This makes Performance Monitor a useful tool for network administrators who need to obtain performance data from multiple systems on the network, in addition to seeing how the load on workstations and servers across the network are influencing the overall network performance.

Here are the steps you need to use for monitoring the performance of a system across a network using the Performance Monitor:

  1. Launch Performance Monitor if it is not already up and running.

  2. Select the view you want to use in Performance Monitor.

  3. Select the Add To command from the Toolbar across the top of the main Performance Monitor screen.

  4. The Add To dialog box displays. You can also click once on the + button within each specific view to gain access to the Add To Chart dialog box or the comparable Add To dialog box, depending on the view you're in.

  5. Select the counters you want to monitor for that specific workstation. Also, select the options for those counters.

  6. Click Add to add those counters to the current view.

    You can select additional workstations on the network, and choose counters for those systems to be monitored.

  7. When finished selecting counters, click once on Done to close the Add to Dialog box.

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Be sure to keep the profiles being used throughout the network as streamlined as possible, to ensure that the network traffic for other enterprise-wide tasks are not impacted. Having too many networked workstations trying to send performance information has an impact on the Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows NT computers running Performance Monitor. Don't try to monitor too many network computers or counters at once. Also, consider modifying the update intervals for the different views being used or use manual updates for counter information. This helps reduce the amount of data being transmitted across the network and to the machine running Performance Monitor.

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