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For some counters I have noticed Windows convently does provide a stable name for them, for example:

\.NET Data Provider for SqlServer(_lm_w3svc_3_root-1-123412341234[6789]\Number of Free Conections

Where god knows what 1234 is and 6789 is the PID. These counters don't present any sort of _Total instance either. Normally I monitor perfmon counters using check_nrpe from Nagios but am not sure how I might work with these that have dynamic names -- any ideas?

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