ANTS Memory Profiler 10

Profiling an ASP.NET application on IIS

In IIS 5, your web application will run under the ASPNET account. Make sure that the ASPNET account has permission to read from %ProgramFiles%\Red Gate\ANTS Memory Profiler 8\RedGate.Memory.Core.dll

By default, your application will be profiled on an unused port.

If you don't want to profile on a different port, for example because you've hard-coded a specific port into your web application, IIS will restart when profiling begins.

To profile ASP.NET applications running on IIS:

  1. Start ANTS Memory Profiler and click New profiling session
  2. From the list of application types, select IIS - ASP.NET.  
  3. Next to URL for ASP.NET web application, click Refresh 
  4. Select the application that you want to profile from the drop-down list of applications currently running on IIS:
  5. If you want to choose an unused port to profile on, or change the user account your application will run under, click Show server options. (Not available for IIS 5.)

    • If you don't want IIS to restart, select Unused port (this is the default option).
    • If you've hard-coded a port into your application, select Original port (IIS will restart)
    • If you select Manually specify ASP account details, the account must have administrator privileges, and permission to read from %ProgramFiles%\Red Gate\ANTS Memory Profiler 8\RedGate.Memory.Core.dll
      If you don't specify an account, your web application will run under the Windows Local System account. 
  6. If you want to record extra performance counters, click Edit counters and select the counters you want.
    Move your mouse pointer over a performance counter to read more about it.
    For more information about performance counters, see Setting up performance counters.
  7. Under Additional profiler options:
    1. Select Profile child processes to include any processes created by your application in profiling. 
      If your application has lots of child processes, this option will slow down your application.
    2. Select Track disposal of IDisposable objects to keep track of when IDisposable objects in your application are disposed.
      This option will slow down your application slightly.
    3. Select Profile unmanaged memory allocations if your application access unmanaged memory through P/Invoke or COM+, and you want to profile the unmanaged memory that your application uses.
      (Not available in Windows XP / Server 2003 and earlier, or when profiling .NET 1.1 applications.)  

      This option will slow down your application by up to fifty percent, because a lot of additional information is being tracked.

    4. Select Make snapshots faster by leaving out object values if you've had problems with snapshots being too slow or too large.
      You won't be able to see the values of individual instances, but references between objects aren't affected.
      If you want to see the values of strings or the contents of arrays specifically, click Customize and deselect the relevant option.
  8. Click  Start profiling
    The main profiling window is displayed, and your application opens in the browser you selected. 
    On the timeline, you can see the memory being used by your program, along with any other performance counters you selected.
  9. When your application is in a stable state (ie is fully started up and ready for normal use), click 
    A memory snapshot gives you a detailed breakdown of the memory being used at that point in time, so that you can compare it with later snapshots. 
  10. When you've taken at least two snapshots, you can start to investigate your application's memory usage. See Strategies for memory profiling.

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