I am attempting to monitor a few metrics on a domain database server (Win 2008 R2) but receiving unable to connect message when attempting to connect with the built-in Performance Monitor (Windows 7 Enterprise).

What permissions are required to allow this? Would prefer not to grant log on locally or any type of interactive permissions.

  • dangit; meant to ask this on serverfault. – Robert Kerr May 24 '13 at 19:45
  • How are you attempting to connect? Just opening an ETL file from the server? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 24 '13 at 19:47
  • windows performance monitor, click add button, enter server name. – Robert Kerr May 24 '13 at 19:48
  • So you're trying to connect the Performance Monitor, not the Performance Analyzer, right? What is the exact error it's giving you? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 24 '13 at 19:50
  • "Unable to connect to machine". I am connected to it via SQL Server Management Studio, so it's definitely live. – Robert Kerr May 24 '13 at 19:57
up vote 7 down vote accepted
  • If the server has the Windows firewall up, then ensure an exception for the Performance Logs and Alerts is enabled.

  • Your user needs to belong to the Performance Log Users, Performance Monitor Users group and the Event Log Readers group on the server (or domain).

  • Ensure the Remote Registry service is running on the server.

I think that'll do it.

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