Archive for NTSMF – Collection Service

Is Performance Sentry compatible with the Microsoft Cluster Server?

Yes. Microsoft Corp. defines a server “cluster” as a group of independent servers managed as a single system for higher availability, easier manageability and greater scalability. The minimum requirements for a server cluster, according to Microsoft, are (a) two servers connected by a network, (b) a method for each server to access the other’s disk […]

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What do I need to do to get started with Performance Sentry?

Installation is a three-step process: 1. Prepare the machine you want to use to administer Performance Sentry. Run the Setup program contained on the installation disk to install the Sentry Administration program on the Windows workstation or server you intend to use to administer Performance Sentry. Sentry Administration is used to define and activate performance […]

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Is Performance Sentry easy to install?

Easy as pie. The standard installation package that we ship contains three separate Setup routines that can be run separately or together. One setup routine is used to install the Sentry Administration GUI which is used to administer NTSMF data collection. You can install as many copies of the Sentry Administration program as necessary to […]

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What is Performance Sentry and how does it relate to NTSMF?

Performance Sentry was originally created as NTSMF. Demand Technology Software was founded in the early days of Windows NT by mainframe performance analysis and capacity planning professionals.  They recognized the need for capturing performance metrics on Windows NT in a fashion similar to the mainframe software called SMF (System Management Facility).  Thus, Windows NT SMF […]

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Performance Sentry (NTSMF) Version 3.0 and .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 Performance library mscoree.dll version 2.0.50727.1433 cause nuisance warning messages in the Application Event Log

Problem: Customers report the following messages generated by “Dmperfss” in the Application Event Log: Event Type: Warning Event Source: DMPerfss Event Category: Windows Event ID: 1607 Date: 1/13/2009 Time: 1:00:00 AM User: NT AUTHORITYSYSTEM Computer: HOU150NTAH3D396 Description: Win32 exception, 0xC0000005, encountered at location 0x00000000 Read attempt at location 0x00000000 …   0x7C800000-0x7CB00000) C:WINDOWSsystem32ntdll.dll (0x7C8D0000-0x7E8CC000) C:WINDOWSsystem32SHELL32.dll […]

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What User Rights and Permissions does the User Account that I will run the Performance Sentry Collection Service under require?

OK, you asked for it. If you do not need to gather Module identification information, you can run the Performance Sentry collection service under a User Account. You can only set the Collection Service to run under a User Account manually using the Services Administrative Tool, which is illustrated below: To function correctly, the User Account […]

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Can the Performance Sentry Collection Service impersonate a User Account to gain access to secure network resources?

Yes. By design, the Performance Sentry Collection Service (dmperfss.exe) is installed to run under the built-in LocalSystem (SYSTEM) account. This built-in account, which most services use, has the authority to perform almost any internal function on the local machine. However, the LocalSystem account has no built-in facilities to access secure network resources, such as shared […]

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Can I run the Performance Sentry Collection Service under a User Account, instead of LocalSystem (or SYSTEM)?

No, to function properly the Performance Sentry collection service should be set up to run under the LocalSystem (or SYSTEM) account. The LocalSystem (or SYSTEM) account is a built-in account used by many services with an extraordinary level of privileges for accessing local system resources. These include privileges that cannot be granted to any User […]

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