Checking CPU utilization

One of the best ways to monitor CPU utilization with PowerShell is by querying performance counters. We can also get this information using WMI. In this recipe, you'll learn a few techniques that can be used to monitor CPU utilization using the Get-Counterand Get-WmiObject cmdlets.

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  1. To get an idea of the current CPU utilization for a server, we can gather data for the Processor(_Total)\% Processor Time performance counter:
    Get-Counter "\Processor(_Total)\% Processor Time" -Continuous

    This would continuously output the total utilization across each CPU, as shown:

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  2. In addition, we can use the Win32_Processor class ...

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