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April, 2009

  • WMI: Rebuilding the WMI Repository

    REBUILDING THE WMI REPOSITORY Scenario Windows Management Instrumentation fails due to repository corruption or the repository is too large The WMI Repository "%windir%System32\Wbem\Repository" is the database that stores meta-information and...
  • Who Moved My /3GB?

    Last week, while planning blog posts for April, it occurred to me that although we had provided information on using the /3GB switch in the boot.ini file on Windows Server 2003, we hadn’t followed up with a post about how to implement this same functionality...
  • Terminal Services and Graphically Intensive Applications

    Hello AskPerf, my name is Subheet Rastogi and I am a Technical Lead on the Performance team in Bangalore.  Today, we’re going to take a quick look at issues that typically arise when using graphic intensive applications or media streaming in a Remote...
  • Windows 7 – Release Candidate availability / Office 2007 – SP2 Availability

    Good Morning folks!  More news on Windows 7 and the availability of the official Release Candidate.  We now have some dates that we can share with you.  The RC build is slated to be available for download by MSDN / TechNet subscribers this...
  • WMI: Can't Connect to Remote WMI

    CAN'T CONNECT TO REMOTE WMI Description: WMI can fail for a number of reasons. Some of those can include not having appropriate rights and permissions for access to machines or namespaces, problems with provider registration, corrupted repository...
  • PRF: Reliability / Performance Monitor (Windows Vista +)

    RELIABILITY / PERFORMANCE MONITOR (Windows Vista +) Description: Microsoft Windows Vista includes Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor, which is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that combines the functionality of previous stand...
  • TSK: Task Scheduler Service

    TASK SCHEDULER SERVICE Description: The Task Scheduler service enables you to perform automated tasks on a computer. With this service, you can schedule any program to run at any time or when a specific event occurs. The Task Scheduler monitors...
  • Windows 7: Install from USB

    Hey folks – more Windows 7 goodness today.  With the Windows 7 Release Candidate on the horizon (no, I still don’t have a date or a build number to share) many more folks will be testing out Windows 7.  In testing scenarios where you may wind...
  • PRN: Printer Migration / Backup / Recovery

    PRINTER MIGRATION / BACKUP / RECOVERY Description: Most Administrators are familiar with the Printer Migration tool (PRINTMIG.EXE). This tool has been retired and is no longer supported by Microsoft. The Printer Migration Wizard (PRINTBRMUI.EXE...
  • Two Minute Drill: Performance Analysis of Logs Tool (PAL)

    Today’s post comes to us from Priyanka Rotti and Sudha N – two of our Support Engineers on the Performance team. Reviewing Performance Monitor Logs can be one of the most daunting tasks for an administrator, especially if it’s not something that you do...
  • PRF: High CPU (Individual Process)

    HIGH CPU – INDIVIDUAL PROCESS Description: High CPU usage can cause slow response times, system hangs, or just overall sluggishness on a system. An individual process may be responsible for consuming most of the CPU time during this period. There...
  • Managing the System Managed Page File

    Hello again AskPerf!  Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mike Morales, one of our Escalation Engineers here in Irving, TX.  For those of you who have been with AskPerf for a while, Mike wrote a post for us a few months ago on UMDH.EXE . ...
  • PRF: Perceived System Sluggishness

    PERCEIVED SYSTEM SLUGGISHNESS Description: There are a number of factors which may cause a system to act sluggish, or appear to act sluggish. Scoping the Issue: Perfmon logs can be gathered on any Windows system to aid in troubleshooting...
  • SHL: Blank Desktop (non-RDP session)

    BLANK DESKTOP (non-RDP session) Description: Often we may attempt to logon to a machine and find no visible shell or Explorer.exe present. On the surface this might appear to look difficult to troubleshoot due to the lack of a shell, however a...
  • MUI: Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008

    MUI: Language Packs - Windows Vista and newer Description: This document covers some initial steps to take when experiencing issues with Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008/Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 Language Packs (LP). 1. What is a Language...
  • WMI: Recompiling WMI MOFs

    RECOMPILING WMI MOF’S Description: Managed Object Format (MOF) is a compiled language, created by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) and based on the Interface Definition Language (IDL). The MOF file is a mechanism for expressing and...
  • WMI: WMI Service Failure

    WMI: WMI Service Failure Description: Failures with the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) service are rare and it can be difficult to discern when having a WMI issue whether a problem is due to an issue with a client application or script utilizing...
  • WMI: Issues with In-box OS WMI Provider

    IN-BOX OPERATING SYSTEM WMI PROVIDER Description: Failures with WMI providers rarely occur and it is often difficult to discern when having various issues with WMI whether a problem is due to an issue with a client application/script utilizing...
  • WMI: Microsoft Application (non-OS) WMI Provider

    MICROSOFT APPLICATION (NON-OS) WMI PROVIDER Description: Failures with WMI providers rarely occur and it is often difficult to discern when having various issues with WMI whether a problem is due to an issue with a client application/script utilizing...
  • WMI: Permissions and General Errors

    WMI PERMISSIONS & GENERAL ERRORS Description: WMI can fail for a number of reasons. Some of those can include not having appropriate rights and permissions for access to machines or namespaces, problems with provider registration, corrupted...
  • WMI: Custom Component Fails

    WMI: Custom Component Fails Description: It is important when utilizing custom WMI components to thoroughly scope the issue to define the symptoms and pieces so that the appropriate support organization can be engaged and provided the...
  • WMI: 3rd Party WMI Provider

    THIRD PARTY WMI PROVIDERS Description: Failures with WMI providers rarely occur and it is often difficult to discern when having various issues with WMI whether a problem is due to an issue with a client application/script utilizing WMI, WMI itself...
  • PRF: Windows System Resource Manager (Windows Server 2003)

    WINDOWS SYSTEM RESOURCE MANAGER - WINDOWS SERVER 2003 Description: Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) is a feature of Windows Server 2003, Enterprise and Datacenter editions. Using WSRM, administrators can control how CPU resources are allocated...
  • PRF: Windows System Resource Manager (Windows Server 2008)

    WINDOWS SYSTEM RESOURCE MANAGER - WINDOWS SERVER 2008 Description: Microsoft Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) provides resource management and enables the allocation of resources, including processor and memory resources, among multiple...
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