INFO: ROADMAP for How to Use the .NET Performance Counters

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This article provides a roadmap to learn and master the .NET Performance counters. To assist you with learning a Microsoft product or technology, roadmap articles provide links to useful information, including online documentation, Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles and white papers.

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Performance counters enable you to track the performance of an application. The operating system (OS) provides several counters such as memory usage and CPU usage. In addition, the .NET Framework provides several counters, such as counters related to the Garbage Collector, to the just-in-time (JIT) compiler, and to exceptions. The .NET Framework also provides you with some classes that enable you to create your own counters.

The following links provide overview information about Performance Counters in .NET:
Performance Counters
Creating System Monitoring Components


The following link provides architectural (internal) information about Performance Counters:
PerformanceCounter Class

Key Concepts and Quickstarts

The following links provide documentation about key Performance Counters concepts and Quickstart tutorials:
Windows Forms: Performance Monitor Sample
General Samples (C#) (See the perfmon sample)
Performance Counters for ASP.NET
Also, a good source of tutorials is our WebCasts. Refer to the list of planned WebCasts, as well as a list of our past presentations, at the following link:
Support WebCasts

How To Articles

How To articles provide step-by-step instructions for to help you accomplish specific tasks. The following link provides a list of How To resources for VS .NET:
Visual Studio .NET How-To Resources


If you run into problems along the way and you need some answers to your questions, the best places to get those questions answered are in the Microsoft Newsgroups, where you can share your experiences with your peers, or in the Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) where you can search for KB articles about specific issues:
MSDN Newsgroups
Microsoft Knowledge Base


Article ID: 316365 - Last Review: July 5, 2012 - Revision: 6.0
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0
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