MetricsView – Windows Performance Counter

Glossary:  MetricsView


The MetricsView Windows service allows users to set thresholds for data from a Windows Performance Counter (WPC) and set alerts when those thresholds are exceeded. A “MetricsView Agent” (aka, MV-Agent) is an application installed locally on your server as a service that gathers the WPC statistical data. The MV-Agent provides access to WPC data from the local machine where the MV-Agent is installed, as well as any machine available on an adjoining network. The configured WPC monitoring is stored as a task within a MetricsView device. An MV-Agent gathers WPC values at approximately 45-second intervals. Therefore, the number of WPC values gathered within a data set depends on the monitoring frequency. For example, if the monitoring frequency is once-per-3-hours, then 240 WPC values will be gathered within that 3-hour time interval (10,800 secs in 3 hours/45-sec. intervals= 240 WPC values). The configuration of the monitoring task is where the specific intervals, data aggregation, and collection is set-up, including:

  • Maximum – the highest value will be taken
  • Average – value is calculated as an average of all intermediate WPC values
  • Minimum – the lowest value is taken

To view an example of a MV-Agent installation, go to the Setting up MetricsView page.