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  • Blog Post: Windows Vista: Virtual Roundtable with Mark Russinovich

    On September 24th, Mark Russinovich will be hosting a Virtual Roundtable on Windows Vista Performance. Mark and a panel of industry experts will be discussing several issues related to Windows Vista including: Overall OS Performance Common Misconfigurations Boot times Applets Disk Performance...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization Readiness Launch

    Get hands-on with virtualization – FREE! Attend the event that lets you touch, talk about, and experience Microsoft virtualization solutions.  Hear from Microsoft virtualization experts on how Microsoft uses virtualization in its own data centers.  Dive into robust hands-on labs and gain a...
  • Blog Post: Ten Tips and Tricks for Server Baselines

    Happy Friday AskPerf! One of our Technical Account Managers pinged me a few weeks ago and asked if I could put together something on how to do a server baseline. After thinking about how best to do this for a while, I realized that trying to create a one-stop shop for server performance baselines goes...
  • Blog Post: A New Look & Feel

    As you can see, we revamped the look and feel of our blog last night.  As a result, the page load times should be improved.  In addition the new look presents a cleaner, more appealing appearance.  We hope you like the new layout.  As always, please send us your feedback. Thanks!...
  • Blog Post: 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 LIVE over the Internet on Wednesday...
  • Blog Post: Changes to SBS Support Model

    On August 1, 2008 the Small Business Server support business will move to a call-back model for all Professional SBS support incidents in the United States.  More information regarding the change can be found over at the SBS Team’s Blog . - CC Hameed
  • Blog Post: Changes to Professional Level (Non-Premier) Support Model for After Hours Support

    On March 24, 2009 the Professional level “Enterprise Platforms Support” business at Microsoft will transition to a call-back model for all After Hours Professional support incidents in the United States and Canada.  Below is a description of how to contact Microsoft customer service, as well as...
  • Blog Post: Catching up with our fellow MS Bloggers

    It occurred to me that with so many technical blogs out there, that it might be useful to bring you some posts from our fellow bloggers here at Microsoft that have been published recently … If you haven’t been keeping up with our colleagues over at the Terminal Services blog, then you may have missed...
  • Blog Post: Changes to Professional Level (Non-Premier) Support Model

    On October 1, 2008 the Professional level “Enterprise Platforms Support” business at Microsoft will transition to a call-back model for all Professional support incidents in the United States and Canada. Below is a description of how to contact Microsoft customer service, as well as other relevant information...
  • Blog Post: Two Minute Drill: The New MPS Reports

    *UPDATE* as of October 8th, 2013, the below MPS Reports link is no longer available. Please see the following blog post from our good buddy Yong Rhee, that details more on this change: Tool: MPSreports replacement as of Oct. 8th, 2013 Happy Friday AskPerf! Today’s post is a quick overview...
  • Blog Post: LAUNCH DAY: HEROES HAPPEN {HERE}

    Today's the BIG DAY! Launch Day is finally here! The 2008 Launch Wave in Los Angeles kicks off the release of a host of exciting new products including Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008. Over the last twenty-six days, we've focused on Windows Server 2008 in preparation for...
  • Blog Post: Working on an Application Compatibility Issue? Let us Help!

    Windows 7 is only a few weeks away! The buzz is building! However, if your applications aren’t quite ready for Windows 7 (or even Vista) and having you’re having issues, then maybe you’re not quite as excited as I am. But – there is good news - we may be able to help you out! Last Monday we launched...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Application Compatibility: Virtual Roundtable with Mark Russinovich

    On June 18th, Mark Russinovich will be hosting a Virtual Roundtable on Windows 7 Application Compatibility. This is a chance for IT Pros to learn all about Windows 7 Application Compatibility and get answers to any management or deployment questions for Windows 7. You can submit your performance questions...
  • Blog Post: Is Your Organization Ready for Windows 7?

    On October 6th, Benjamin Gray from independent analyst firm Forrester will be discussing his April 2009 report, “Get Ready for Windows 7” and whether or not your organization should deploy Windows 7 now or test applications and hardware against Windows Vista for greater Windows 7 compatibility. Some...
  • Blog Post: 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 Thursday (April 30, 2009).  Broader, public...
  • Blog Post: Farewell to AskPerf

    Happy Friday AskPerf! I'm sure you've already surmised by the title of the post that today's topic is a somewhat bittersweet one. XE3E9MT8HW5V It is said that all good things must come to an end. In that same vein, the one constant about working at Microsoft is that change is inevitable. Over the...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit v3.2

    If you are in the midst of your IT migration, or just getting started with your planning but you’re not 100% sure what systems are in your environment, nor what applications have been deployed, then take heart – help is here!  This week, the Solution Accelerators Team announced the release of the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 – Service Pack 2

    Last week we released Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  The links in the “Additional Resources” section provide more depth information, but here are some key pieces of information: Language Release Schedule: Five languages (English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish)...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays & Happy Birthday

    The end of the year is upon us.  It seems as though 2007 went by in a blur.  It has definitely been a busy year for us though - and not just on the Performance team.  We've had some tremendous product launches across Microsoft as a whole in 2007 including: Windows Vista Microsoft Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays, and our 2nd Anniversary

    Another year is coming to an end.  2008 was certainly an eventful year for us here at Microsoft.  Windows Server 2008, Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 were released this year, along with a number of other products in the Enterprise space including...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: The Big Day is HERE!

    That’s right folks!  It’s October 22nd – the big day is finally here!  Over the last twenty-one days, we’ve touched on a number of different features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  We hope you’ve enjoyed our Launch Series.  Don’t fret – we have plenty more to write about...
  • Blog Post: First Look: Windows Vista Service Pack 2

    Hello AskPerf readers!  Today’s post is being published a little later than usual. Today we are launching the Customer Preview Program (CPP) for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, and we wanted to give a first look.  Windows Vista SP2 is a service pack in the traditional...
  • Blog Post: AskPerf goes to TechReady 5: Wrapping Up

    Three days down, three to go. After the madness of Tuesday, was there any way to keep the adrenaline pumping at the same high levels for the second half of the conference? Plus, since I (CC) had never been to Seattle before - what did I think of Seattle? Read on, and all shall be revealed ... Day Four...
  • Blog Post: AskPerf goes to TechReady 5: The First Three Days

    Today we're going to deviate a bit from our usual technical posts so that we can give you an insider's peek at a recent conference. Last week, Jerry Ciferri and I spent the week in Seattle at TechReady 5, which is a Microsoft-internal conference for Technical field resources such as Support Engineers...
  • Blog Post: “Fix it” – The Next Evolution of KB Articles and WER

    The steps in many of our KB articles have been criticized in the past for being too difficult for ordinary users to follow.  As a result, missed or incorrectly implemented steps may have resulted in problems being exacerbated, or new problems being created.  Well, we were listening to the feedback...