How to sustain your data collector set through a reboot!

This is a special post, from the Microsoft Premier Field Engineers (PFE) Vital Signs Instructors alias…something we felt should be shared.

EDIT 2016: Note that Clint Huffman made a post to do this in logman in a black box recorder stype. I recommend following that too if you need the functionality: Clint's world, party time, excellent

If you had noticed, it’s difficult to sustain a data collector set in Perfmon for 2008 R2 through a reboot, so it automatically starts after the reboot.  Well, here is how to make it work properly.

1. Define a User Defined Data Collector Set in Perfmon. You don’t have to define any schedule for it.

2. Go to Start -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Task Scheduler

3. Browse to Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows –> PLA


4. Enable Hidden Tasks (View ->  Show Hidden Tasks)

5. You should see all your User Defined Data Collector Sets in here.

6. Open your set, go to Triggers and set up “At Startup“ trigger


Hope this helps you with your performance data collection needs!

Special shout out to Martin Vokurek in Prague for developing the details on this!

How to apply a bios update to the HP 8540w

I am primarily posting this to increase visibility.  I had many problems trying to apply the most recent bios to my 8540w, I always got an error that “SYSTEM DOES NOT CONTAIN THE NECESSARY WMI SUPPORT FOR THIS VERSION OF HPQFLASH” and something about a version 4…

This is trying to apply version F.20…

Turns out, I had a critical HP service disabled…


If you start this service up and try to re-apply BIOS, it should work.

HP support and documentation on this issue is sorely lacking, the only way I found this was by this forum post for a different machine…

So, many safe travels to you all out there.