Visual Studio 2012 Profiler on Windows 8.1

If you’ve used sampling to profile your application on Windows 8.1 with any version of Visual Studio 2012 other than Update 4, you may have run into an issue where symbols are not resolved for some code even if you have the correct PDB files available on your symbol path. You can tell if this…


It’s quiet in here

  Posting on behalf of Aditya Mandaleeka You may have noticed that the last entry on this blog was posted in 2012. We just wanted to let you know that we haven’t stopped working hard to bring you performance and diagnostics capabilities in Visual Studio or blogging about them. We’ve just been blogging in a new location; you…


Tip: Fixing VSPerfASPNetCmd metabase errors

VSPerfASPNetCmd is a new Visual Studio 2010 tool that helps you profile ASP.Net websites from the command-line. Recently I noticed an error message which didn’t cover one common situation so I thought I’d write about it. Here’s an example: > VSPerfASPNetCmd.exe http://localhost Microsoft (R) VSPerf ASP.NET Command, Version 10.0.0.0 Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights…

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VS2010: Investigating a sample profiling report (Function Details)

I’ve already discussed how the new profiler summary page makes it easier to discover and fix performance issues, but sometimes a little more investigation is required. This time I’m going to drill in with another new VS2010 feature called the Function Details View. I’m going to use PeopleTrax application again, which you can download from…

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VS2010: New Profiler Summary Page

With Visual Studio 2010 we want to make it easier for customers to find and fix performance issues with their code. One of the first things we looked at was the view that shows up after profiling an application – the Summary Page. I’ll describe a few features of the new summary page using the…

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Using the keyboard to profile an application (Alt-F2 shortcut)

In announcing Visual Studio Beta 2 profiler features, Chris mentioned that we have a new option on the Debug menu called ‘Start Performance Analysis’ which has the Alt-F2 keyboard shortcut. This makes it easier than ever to start profiling your application. The new menu item has the following behavior: You must have a Visual Studio…

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VS2010: Attaching the Profiler to a Managed Application

Before Visual Studio 2010, in order to attach the profiler to a managed application, certain environment variables had to be set using vsperfclrenv.cmd. An example profiling session might look like this: vsperfclrenv /sampleon [Start managed application from the same command window] vsperfcmd /start:sample /output:myapp.vsp /attach:[pid] [Close application] If the environment variables were not correctly set,…

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See The Profiler At PDC2008

Steve Carroll, development lead for the Visual Studio Profiler, will be at PDC2008 next week giving a presentation on the profiler: What: TL24: Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability When: Wednesday, October 29th, 1:15pm – 2:30pm Where: Room 153 Abstract: “Performance must be considered in each step of the development lifecycle. See how to integrate…

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Walkthroughs: Using VSTS Test and Profilers to Find Performance Issues

Tess Ferrandez recently wrote a couple of articles that extend her popular series of debugging labs to focus on measuring and improving performance. In ‘Using VSTS Test and Profilers to troubleshoot performance issues (low cpu hang)‘, Tess introduces a performance problem into an ASP.NET application and uses the Visual Studio Profiler with a Load Test to track down the problem….

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Tip: VS2008 – Finding and Setting Properties (Right-Click)

The Visual Studio Profiler has many properties and options and this tip shows you where to find most of them. Future posts may cover some of the specific properties in more detail.   Performance Session:   Select an existing Performance Session in the Performance Explorer to see properties in the Properties Window. If the Properties…

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