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March, 2008

  • Disk Fragmentation and System Performance

    When addressing system performance issues, a key element that is often overlooked is Disk Fragmentation.  Even on a brand new system with plenty of RAM and high-end processors, the performance of the hard disk may be a bottleneck causing system performance...
  • Lock Pages in Memory ... do you really need it?

    Back In October, we wrote a post regarding the Event ID 333 Errors and how to troubleshoot them .  At the end of that post, we mentioned the "Lock Pages in Memory" user right.  One of the things we mentioned was that if you have an...
  • WMI Debug Logging

    Welcome back.  After our series of posts on Windows Server 2008, today we're going to switch gears a little bit and look at WMI Logging.  We often get calls from customers regarding WMI issues beyond the Permissions or Impersonation Rights problems...
  • Group Policy Logging on Windows Vista

    Although the bulk of Group Policy Processing and Troubleshooting is handled by our Directory Services team, we often collaborate on these issues - mainly when the issue relates to a user logging in and not being presented with their desktop environment...
  • Startup Programs on Windows Vista: Inside the Box

    In prior versions of Windows, especially if the installation had many applications installed over the years, it was not easy to run a program or navigate the system shortly after booting.  I remember fighting with my mouse or looking over at the...
  • The Case of the Stuck Cluster Service

      Today we're going to cover an issue that is more common than you might think, but is one that may be tricky to troubleshoot.  The first thing that you may think when you read the title of this post is, "What is the Performance team doing...
  • Hotfix Installs, Remote Desktop and the Reboot that wasn't ...

    Every couple of months or so, we'll get a call from an Administrator reporting that his system hung when he tried to reboot it after installing patches. More often than not, the patches were installed by an Administrator logging on to the server via Remote...
  • Key Principles of Security

    OK, so today's isn't really something "Performance" related, but nevertheless, I think we can all safely agree that this is something that all administrators should be aware of.  During our Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 posts we...
  • Internet Explorer 8 - First Look

    Last week, at the MIX conference in Las Vegas, the Internet Explorer team made several announcements regarding IE8, the first of which was that a Developer Beta (emphasis on the Developer ) is now available.  You can download the beta from the IE8...
  • IT Pros: Interactive Virtual Roundtable with Mark Russinovich

    Are you still undecided about Windows Vista?  Unsure about deployment?  Running into some roadblocks?  This is the event for you! Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop guru Mark Russinovich will be hosting an interactive virtual roundtable—broadcast...