Depending on your needs, you can work with dotTrace in three different ways:
dotTrace installs in the Windows Start Menu for easy access.
The main component of dotTrace integrated in Visual Studio is the Performance Profiler tool window which can be opened in the menu.
The following table summarizes the pros and cons of each way.
in Visual Studio
Recommended if you do not have application's source code or you do not want to start an IDE to perform profiling
Recommended if you want to profile an existing project running under Visual Studio
Recommended if you want to perform profiling on a remote server or automate the profiling process
How to Run Profiling
Using the dotTrace Home window
Using themenu in Visual Studio
Using the dotTrace.exe command-line tool
Additionally, profiling of run configurations is supported. For example, you are able to profile any static method in your code
Only profiling of standalone applications and already running .NET processes is supported
Controlling Profiling Session
Continuous Integration Support
The dotTrace plugin to TeamCity is available