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January, 2008

  • An Overview of Troubleshooting Memory Issues - Part Two

    In our last post, we looked at some common memory issues and how to troubleshoot them.  Today we're going to go over excessive paging and memory bottlenecks. We've talked about issues with the page file in several posts - something to bear in mind...
  • An Overview of Troubleshooting Memory Issues

    We've talked quite a bit in the past about various memory management concepts - the use of the /3GB switch , Understanding Pool Resources , the x86 Virtual Address Space and so on.  The most common manifestation of memory issues is a memory shortage...
  • What is IRQL and why is it important?

    When people first hear the term IRQL (pronounced Er-kel) their thoughts sometimes turn to the sitcom "Family Matters" and Jaleel White's alter ego, Steve Urkel.  However, we're not going to be taking a trip down Television's Memory Lane...
  • Do you know where your processor spends its time?

    Before we dive into this, a quick disclaimer:  this post is not going to get into Processor architecture, RISC, Registers or the ALU.  What we're going to talk about today is the two states in which a processor executes instructions and how...
  • Microsoft Product Support is Hiring!

    Are you passionate about the Windows operating systems?  Do you love supporting and administering Windows environments?  Do you want to influence tomorrow's reality today - and have fun while you do it?  If you're ready to discover how...
  • An Overview of Processor Bottlenecks

    Troubleshooting High CPU utilization can be addressed from a couple of different standpoints.  In the first instance, you might have a single process consuming CPU - essentially a runaway process.  However, what happens if there is no runaway...
  • Getting Started with SVCHOST.EXE Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting issues with the SVCHOST.EXE process can be a very frustrating experience for server administrators.  Whether the issue manifests as High CPU or the SVCHOST.EXE process crashing, there are some challenges that make the troubleshooting...
  • Understanding Crash Dump Files

    At the end of 2007 we talked about Bugchecks and why they happen .  Today we're going to talk about the Crash Dump files themselves - the different types of dumps, how the dumps themselves are generated and why you will need a correctly sized page...
  • MSTSC.EXE - no more /console switch in RDC 6.1

    Happy New Year!  We're starting off 2008 with a significant post regarding changes to Remote Administration in Windows Server 2008.  OK, it's not quite as dire as the title makes it out to be, but this is quite a significant change.  If...