This topic describes how to use Windows Performance Monitor to collect event trace data for Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server. To collect trace event data, you create a Data Collector Set, and then start the Data Collector Set.

To create a Data Collector Set for collecting Microsoft Dynamics NAV trace event data

  1. Start Windows Performance Monitor.

    • Choose Start, in the Search box, type perfmon, and then choose the related link.

  2. In the navigation tree, expand Data Collector Sets, right-click User-defined, choose New, and then choose Data Collector Set.

  3. On the Create new Data Collector Set Wizard page, enter a name for the new data collector set, select Create manually (Advanced), and then choose the Next button.

  4. On the What type of data do you want to include page, select the Event trace data check box, and then choose the Next button.

  5. On the Which event trace providers would you like to enable page, choose the Add button to add a provider.

  6. In the Event Trace Providers list, select Microsoft-DynamicsNav-Server, and then choose the OK button.

  7. If you want to collect data for all trace events, choose the Next button. If you want to collect data on specific trace events, do the following:

    1. In the Properties list, select Keywords (Any), and then choose the Edit button.

    2. On the Property page, in the Manual box, type the keyword decimal value for the trace event. For a list of keyword values for trace events, see Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server Trace Events.

      For example, if you want to collect data on service call trace events, then type 4. If you want to collect data on more than one trace event, add the keyword values for each trace event and then use the sum in the Manual box. For example, if you want to collect data on service calls (keyword decimal value = 4) and C/AL functions (keyword decimal value = 8), then use the value 12.

      Performance Monitor will automatically convert the value to hexadecimal, such as 0x4 or 0xC. You can also enter the keyword hexadecimal values directly.

    3. Choose the OK button, and then Next button.

  8. On the Where would you like the data to be stored page, set the Root directory box to the folder where you want to save the event trace log file that is generated when you run the Data Collector Set.

  9. Choose the Finish button to complete the wizard

    The new Data Collector Set appears under User Defined in the navigation pane.

Complete the next procedure to increase trace buffer settings to make sure that events are not dropped when collecting trace event data.

To change the Data Collector Set trace buffers

  1. In the navigation pane, select the new Data Collector Set.

  2. In the main pane, right-click the DataCollector01 item, and then choose Properties.

  3. In the Properties dialog box, choose the Trace Buffers tab.

  4. Set the following properties.

    Property Recommended minimum values

    Buffer size


    Minimum buffers


    Maximum buffers


    You might have to adjust these properties based on the monitoring sessions and expected number of events that will be collected. If a large number of events are collected, then the trace buffer size and count might have to be increased.

  5. Choose the OK button to save and close the Properties dialog box.

To start and stop a Data Collector Set

  • To start to collect data, right-click the Data Collector Set, and then choose Start.

  • To stop collecting data, right-click the Data Collector Set, and then choose Stop.

For information about how to schedule a time to start and stop collecting data, see Schedule Data Collection in Windows Performance Monitor.

The collected event trace data is stored in an event trace log (.etl) file in the location that you specified. You can view the data in the log file by using various industry-standard tools, such as PerfView. For information about how to use PerfView to view the event trace data, see How to: Use PerfView to View Event Trace Data.

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