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Chapter 17. Administering Your Computer > Creating a Performance Chart

Creating a Performance Chart

On a daily basis, your system generates a variety of performance data, such as your computer's memory or processor use, or the amount of congestion on a device. As the system administrator, you can use the Performance tool to create charts from the data that enable you to observe how a computer's processes behave over time. The types of performance data you monitor and record are called performance objects. Each performance object has a set of counters associated with it that provide numeric information. The Performance tool charts the numeric data gathered from the counters and provides graphical tools to make it easier to analyze and track the performance of your computer. Performance charts include statistics about each counter you select, but unless you know how your system should perform, these statistics might not be very meaningful. For this reason, administrators create baseline charts, charts made when the computer or network is running at a normal level. When there are problems, the administrator can create another performance chart that can be compared to the baseline chart.

Create a Performance Chart

Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.

Double-click the Administrative Tools icon in Classic view.

Double-click the Performance icon.

Click the Add button on the System Monitor toolbar.

Click the Performance Object list arrow, and then select an object.

Click the counter you want.

Click Add. You can continue to add other counters.

Click Close.

To delete a counter, click the counter, and then click the Delete button on the System Monitor toolbar.

When you're done, click the Close button.



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