This article was previously published under Q246758
This article describes how to use Performance Monitor and the Datalog.exe file that is included with Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit to log data and generate alerts on a remote computer without having to log on to it.
To log data and generate alerts on a remote computer without having to log on to it, follow these steps:
: In the following steps, replace <remotecomputer> with the name of the computer that you want to monitor.
- Install the Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit on the remote
- At the local computer, use Windows NT Performance Monitor
(Perfmon.exe) to create a workspace file:
- Start Performance Monitor, and then click Log on the
- Add the relevant counters, specifying all objects you want to log
and the alerts you want to generate.
- On the Options menu, click Log.
- In the File Name box, specify a name for the log file using
the .log extension.
- Click one of the logging interval options, and then click
Save to save the logging options.
- On the File menu, click Save Workspace.
- In the File Name box, type a workspace file name using the
.pmw extension, and then click Save.
- Quit Performance Monitor.
- Copy both the workspace file you just created and the Datalog.exe
file included with the Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit to the
%SystemRoot%\System32 folder on the remote computer.
- At the local computer, set up the Data Logging service for the
- At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press
monitor \\remotecomputer setupNOTE: This command registers the service with Windows NT
Server 4.0. You need to run the command only once for each
computer you want to monitor. If you receive the following error
it means that you have already run the command once.
- To use the workspace file for logging, type the following command,
and then press ENTER:
monitor \\remotecomputer filename
where filename is the name of the workspace file you copied to the
- To start the monitoring process, type the following command, and
then press ENTER:
monitor \\remotecomputer start
- To stop the monitoring process, type the following command, and
then press ENTER:
monitor \\remotecomputer stop
After you stop the monitoring process, you can view the log file
in Performance Monitor. For instructions about how to do this, see
Help in Performance Monitor.
Also, you can use the Schedule service and the AT command to
schedule monitoring to occur at a set time. For example, if a
server slows down noticeably between 2:40 A.M. and 2:50 A.M. every
weeknight, you can log the data for that period without being
physically present by typing the following AT commands:
at \\remotecomputer 2:30 /every:m,t,w,th,f monitor start
If you want to be reminded about the log, type the following
command, and then press ENTER:
at \\remotecomputer 3:00 /every:m,t,w,th,f monitor stop
at \\remotecomputer 3:00 /every:f net send yourusername 'The Monitor is stopped. The log contains data for this week!'
Article ID: 246758 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
- Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition