To enable develop dashboard we need to create the Usage and Health Data Collection Service Application. For that I use the below powershell command to create the service application.

New-SPUsageApplication -Name "Health and Usage Application" -DatabaseName "SP2013_Health_and_Logging_Database".

Immediately after enter the command powershell shows an error says

"New-SPUsageApplication : A Usage Application already exists in this farm."

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    Did you let SharePoint create all the services when you installed the farm? Or did you do it manually? If you let SharePoint do it, you already have a Health and Usage Service. Go to central admin > application management > manage service application and see for yourself. Oct 28, 2014 at 9:17

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This will work.

$content = ([Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService)
$appsetting =$content.DeveloperDashboardSettings
$appsetting.DisplayLevel = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPDeveloperDashboardLevel]::On

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