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Create a Data Collector Set from Performance Monitor

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista

You can create a Data Collector Set from counters in the current Performance Monitor display.

Membership in the local Performance Log Users or Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.


The Performance Log Users group must be assigned the Log on as a batch user user right, as described in Enable Logging for Performance Log Users Group Members.

To create a Data Collector Set from Performance Monitor

  1. Start Performance Monitor and add counters to create a custom view you want to save as a Data Collector Set.

  2. Right-click anywhere in the Performance Monitor display pane, point to New , and click Data Collector Set . The Create New Data Collector Set Wizard starts. The Data Collector Set created will contain all of the data collectors selected in the current Performance Monitor view.

  3. Enter a name for your Data Collector Set and click Next .

  4. The Root Directory will contain data collected by the Data Collector Set. Change this setting if you want to store your Data Collector Set data in a different location than the default. Browse to and select the directory, or type the directory name.


If you enter the directory name manually, you must not enter a back slash at the end of the directory name.

  1. Click Next to define a user for the Data Collector Set to run as, or click Finish to save the current settings and exit.

  2. After clicking Next , you can configure the Data Collector Set to run as a specific user. Click the Change button to enter the user name and password for a different user than the default listed.


If you are a member of the Performance Log Users group, you must configure Data Collector Sets you create to run under your own credentials.

  1. Click Finish to return to Windows Performance Monitor.

    • To view the properties of the Data Collector Set or make additional changes, select Open properties for this data collector set . For more information about the properties of the Data Collector Set, see Data Collector Set Properties.

    • To start the Data Collector Set immediately (and begin saving data to the location specified in Step 4), select Start this data collector set now .

    • To save the Data Collector Set without starting collection, select Save and close .

Additional considerations

  • To open Performance Monitor, click Start , click in the Start Search box, type perfmon , and then press ENTER. In Windows Performance Monitor, expand Monitoring Tools , and click Performance Monitor .

  • Data Collector Sets run as the System user by default. As a security best practice, you should accept this default value unless you have a compelling reason to change it.

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