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Data Collector Set Properties

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

To view or modify the properties of a Data Collector Set after it has been created, you can:

  • Select the Open properties for this data collector set check box at the end of the Data Collector Set Creation Wizard.

  • Right-click the name of a Data Collector Set, either in the MMC scope tree or in the console window, and click Properties in the context menu.

Tab Details


The General tab includes the description and keywords associated with the Data Collector Set. If you created the Data Collector Set from a template that had a description and keywords, they will be included here. If you created a custom Data Collector Set, you can add data here to help you identify it later, or to provide more information to others if you export it as a template.

You can change what user the Data Collector Set will Run As by clicking Changeā€¦ and entering a user name and password.

The Data Collector Set must run as a user with administrative credentials or as a member of the Performance Log Users group.


If you configure the Data Collector Set to run as a user with a higher level credentials than the currently logged on user, you will be prompted to enter the user name and password of the account the Data Collector Set is configured to run as when you change its properties.


In addition to defining a root directory for storing Data Collector Set data, you can specify a single Subdirectory or create a Subdirectory name format by clicking the arrow to the right of the text entry field. The Example directory at the bottom of the page provides a real-time sample of the directory and/or subdirectory where the Data Collector Set data will be stored.


You can change the permissions of groups or users for the Data Collector Set by selecting the Group or User name and then selecting the Allow or Deny check boxes for each permission type. To add, remove, or change permission types, click the Advanced button.


These permission changes, including changes implemented in the Advanced section, apply only to the Data Collector Set.


The schedule tab includes options for configuring when data collection begins. For more information, see Scheduling and Managing Data in Windows Performance Monitor. Use the Stop Condition tab to configure stopping data collection.

Stop Condition

A single stop condition, or a combination of multiple criteria, can be used to automatically halt or restart the collection of data from a Data Collector Set.

Select the check boxes to choose one or all of the stop conditions you want to apply to the Data Collector Set. If no stop conditions are selected on this tab, the Data Collector Set will collect data from the time it is started (either manually or automatically) until it is manually stopped.

Overall duration causes the Data Collector Set to stop collecting data when the configured time has elapsed. The overall duration setting takes precedence over any settings defined as limits.

Limits can be used instead of, or in addition to, the overall duration stop condition.

To automatically restart collection of the Data Collector Set when limits for duration, size, or both are reached, select the check box. When used in combination with the overall duration stop condition, configuring automatic restarts will cause the data to be collected in separate log files for each specified time period or size until the overall duration stop condition is met.


You can run a Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) task upon completion of the Data Collector Set collection by entering the command in the Run this task when the data collector set stops box. Refer to WMI task documentation for options.