My name is Walt Whitman and I am a Sr. Support Escalation Engineer on the FIM Team.

Many times when looking at customer's servers, I have noticed that errors in the application event log stating that the performance counters for a given management agent were unable to load.

Until today, our response has been to perform a change mode install.  When new people join the team especially engineers from other specialties they bring a wealth of knowledge that we can apply to FIM.  Such was the case today.

Mike Smith, who is an Escalation Engineer on the FIM team had a case like this today.

By simply running the following from an elevated command prompt, he was able to reload the performance counters for the MA in question:
  1. unlodctr.exe “FIMSynchronizationService”
  2. lodctr.exe "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager\2010\Synchronization Service\Bin\mmsperf.ini"

This executable is installed on all servers and basically just unloads and re-loads performance counters.

The next time you are tired of looking at Red Bangs in the application event log regarding performance counters try this trick and see if it helps!