dotTrace 2021.2 Help

Profile Windows Service

To profile a .NET Windows service

  1. Run dotTrace as a standalone application. The dotTrace Home window will open.

  2. Add a run configuration - the configuration that tells dotTrace how to run the profiled application:

    • Under Choose what you want to profile, New Process Run, click Add run configuration Add run configuration.

    • In the New Run Configuration wizard, choose Windows Service and click Next.

    • Specify service options:

      • Service: a name of the service you are going to profile. dotTrace scans the installed services automatically.

      • Arguments: optional arguments passed to the service.

      • Start dependent services: select this checkbox if the service requires other services to be started.

      • Set environment variables: lets you run the profiled application with specific environment variables. Each variable must be specified on a new line.

    • Click Save.

  3. Make sure the created run configuration is selected in the New Process Run list.

  4. Under Choose how you want to profile it, specify profiling options:

  5. If you want dotTrace to start collecting profiling data right after you start the session, under Run profiling, select Collect profiling data from start.

  6. Click Start. This will start the profiling session.

  7. Go through a particular workflow in your application (if you want to evaluate its performance) or reproduce a particular performance issue. Collect snapshots using the Get Snapshot button in the profiling controller window. Learn more about how to control the profiling session

  8. After you collect the data, either close the profiled application or detach the profiler using the Detach button in the controller window.

  9. Analyze the collected snapshots using either the Performance Viewer or Timeline Viewer depending on the selected profiling type.

Last modified: 08 March 2021