To monitor a different computer


Open Performance


Right-click the System Monitor details pane and click Add Counters.


Click Select counters from computer, and type the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) name, such as \\MyLogServer, of the computer you want to monitor in the text box.

System Monitor will obtain counters from the computer you specify, regardless of where System Monitor is running.


In Performance object, click an object to monitor.


In Select counters from list, click one or more counters, or click All counters to use all counters for that object.


To use all counter instances available when System Monitor is in use, click All instances.

Or, to use only selected counter instances, click Select instances from list, and select the instances you want to use.


To open Performance, click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Performance

If you don't have appropriate permissions to monitor the computer, an error message will be displayed but the counter will still appear in the histogram or graph legend without any data or any graph line.

If you select an object on a remote computer, you may notice a short delay as System Monitor refreshes the list to reflect objects present on that computer.

If you don't see a counter that you want to monitor, it could be because the service or feature that provides the counter object is not installed or enabled on that computer and you may need to add it before you can monitor related data.

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