How to sustain your data collector set through a reboot!


This is a special post, from the Microsoft Premier Field Engineers (PFE) Vital Signs Instructors alias…something we felt should be shared.

EDIT 2016: Note that Clint Huffman made a post to do this in logman in a black box recorder stype. I recommend following that too if you need the functionality: Clint's world, party time, excellent

If you had noticed, it’s difficult to sustain a data collector set in Perfmon for 2008 R2 through a reboot, so it automatically starts after the reboot.  Well, here is how to make it work properly.

1. Define a User Defined Data Collector Set in Perfmon. You don’t have to define any schedule for it.

2. Go to Start -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Task Scheduler

3. Browse to Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows –> PLA

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4. Enable Hidden Tasks (View ->  Show Hidden Tasks)

5. You should see all your User Defined Data Collector Sets in here.

6. Open your set, go to Triggers and set up “At Startup“ trigger

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Hope this helps you with your performance data collection needs!

Special shout out to Martin Vokurek in Prague for developing the details on this!

Comments (25)

  1. Jeff Stokes says:

    Hey Richie thanks! 🙂

    Clint Huffman covers this some in the blog post here:
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/clinth/archive/2014/05/23/how-to-create-a-blackbox-performance-counter-data-collector.aspx

    Also if you haven’t looked, check out http://pal.codeplex.com, he has some sample scripts to automate data collection in there somewhere.

  2. Richie says:

    Hello Jeff,

    I end up in this blog after trying to search around for the same questions. =)
    Is still help ppl like me after 5 years.

    Could I also trouble to check is there any command in the dos which I can get this setup without going through the GUI?

    I trying to get similar setup via psexec for about close to 50 over servers.
    I tried look at logman and schtasks with no avail.

    Regards,
    Richie

  3. Jeff Stokes says:

    Welcome! Nice to see 5 years later its still helping folks 🙂

  4. sam says:

    Thanks a lot man

  5. Jeff Stokes says:

    I’m glad it helps someone out. Thanks for the feedback everyone.