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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: RemoteApp and Desktop Connection

    Welcome back to our Launch Series. It’s Day Fourteen which means that there’s just over a week to go! Today we’re continuing on with our look at various Remote Desktop Services components. Our subject: RemoteApp and Desktop Connection. In Windows Server 2008 , RemoteApp was introduced to deploy RDS applications...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: What’s New in Printing and Printing Performance Enhancements

    Welcome back to our Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 Launch Series.  Day Six and we’re going strong.  Today we’re going to switch our focus today from the Core OS to Printing, beginning with a brief overview of What’s New in Printing and some Printing Performance Enhancements.  We’ll be...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Print Driver Isolation

    Welcome back folks! It’s Day Eight. We’re just over one-third of the way through our series and there are only two more weeks until launch day! Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to deal with a Print Spooler crash. Keep your hand up if the problem was caused by a faulty driver. Keep...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Console Host

    Happy Monday everyone.  It’s Day Five of our Launch Series.  Today, we’re going to cover a new feature in Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 – Console Host (ConHost.exe).  A good number of companies and individuals out there still run “console” applications.  A console application...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Virtualization (RDS-V)

    Good Morning AskPerf Nation! Our Launch Series is at Day Seventeen. There are only five more days to go! Today we’re continuing on with Remote Desktop Services, with a look at Remote Desktop Services Virtualization (or RDS-V, for short). You may also hear RDS-V referred to as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Core Parking / Intelligent Timer Tick / Timer Coalescing

    Welcome to Day Three of our pre-launch series.  Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have many features that are geared toward reducing power consumption.  In order to achieve greater power savings by processors, they must be able to idle more often and, when they are idle, stay idle for long...
  • Blog Post: Suggested hotfixes for WMI related issues on Windows platforms *Updated August 9th, 2013*

    Hi all, Some of the most difficult issues we face here on the Performance Team are WMI related issues. WMI is very pervasive, and when it breaks, you can experience a myriad of symptoms that are often very difficult to troubleshoot and fix. Here are a few examples of the symptoms that can occur, and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 – RTM Details and more …

    OK folks – here are some details on RTM availability. Availability depends on who you are. The information below is from the Windows Team Blog : Partners & OEM’s ISV and IHV partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th Microsoft Partner...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Connection Broker (Part One)

    Good Morning AskPerf! Welcome to Day Fifteen of our Launch Series. There is only one more week to go! If you remember Windows Server 2003 R2 then you probably also remember that Terminal Services (as it was called then) didn’t change much from Windows Server 2003. The same cannot be said for Remote Desktop...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Unified Background Process Manager (UBPM)

    Welcome back AskPerf!  It’s Day Four of our pre-launch series.  Even though it’s Sunday here, we’re not letting up at all – we’re feverishly working to get the rest of our series completed!  Today’s topic is the new Unified Background Process Manager (UBPM).   Historically, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: PMC Enhancements

    Welcome to Day 7 of our Launch Series for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  We’re continuing on with our coverage of Printing and Document services – today’s topic is the Print Management Console (PMC) and the enhancements in the new operating system(s).  This isn’t an especially long...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Fault Tolerant Heap and Memory Management

    Hello, and welcome to our second post in the Windows 7 launch series. This post is going to be a long one, so buckle in. We’re going to start with an overview of Fault Tolerant Heap, which is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and then go over some Memory Management pieces. If you...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Problem Steps Recorder

    Hi all, and welcome to Day 21 in our Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 Launch Series. Tomorrow is the big day! To wrap up our Launch Series, I want to talk today about a really cool tool included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 called Problem Steps Recorder . I am sure we have all had situations...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: PrintBRM

    Happy Friday everyone!  Welcome to Day Nine of our Launch Series for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  We’re continuing on with Printing today – specifically a look at PrintBRM.  PrintBRM was introduced in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 as the replacement for the PrintMig utility...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Location-Aware Printing

    Good Morning AskPerf Readers! Welcome to Day Ten of our Launch Series. Our theme this week has been Printing, and today we’ll be continuing in that vein. Our topic today is Location-Aware Printing. Mobile users and network-connected devices are a rapidly increasing component in the enterprise environment...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Architecture

    Welcome back to our Launch Series. Today is Day Thirteen – only a few more days to go! Today we’re continuing on with Remote Desktop Services with a look at the architecture. Here we go: There have been some design changes in RDS (remote desktop services) and in RDC (remote desktop client). Let’s...
  • Blog Post: Remote Desktop Services: Announcements

    Good morning all – today’s post is a very brief one regarding new announcements concerning Remote Desktop Services.  The original announcements were made on the Remote Desktop ServicesTeam blog . RDS CAL Single Pack now available in Retail channel – Remote Desktop Client Access Licenses (CAL’s)...
  • Blog Post: What to do if your Windows 8 Modern App fails to start

    Good morning AskPerf!  David Alessi here from the Windows 8 client team.  One of the biggest support issues we’ve seen is with Windows 8 Store (formerly Metro/Modern) Apps failing to start.  This post is going to cover some of the most common issues that users run into, and how to troubleshoot...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Distributed Scan Management

    Happy Sunday, everyone! Welcome to Day Eleven of our Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Launch Series. Today, we’re going to wrap up our look at Printing and Document Services with an overview of Distributed Scan Management (DSM). As more scanner devices become network enabled, and automated document...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop IP Virtualization

    Happy Sunday everyone! It’s Day Eighteen of our Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 Launch Series – only four more days to go till the big day! Today we’re wrapping up our look at some of the new Remote Desktop Services features with a quick overview of Remote Desktop IP Virtualization...
  • 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: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – RTM!

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 were Released to Manufacturing today … we’ll publish more details on Friday. - CC Hameed Share this post :
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: AppLocker

    Happy Monday everyone. It’s Day Nineteen of our Launch Series, which means that there are only three more days until Windows 7 appears on store shelves! Today, we’re going to provide a really quick overview of AppLocker, which is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. AppLocker replaces...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Upgrade Paths, Registry Enhancements, Crash Dumps and Page File Sizing

    It’s October 1st, 2009! That means that it’s time to get started on our Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Launch Series. Day One – let’s start at the very beginning, which is usually a very good place to start. Today we’re covering Upgrade Paths, Registry Enhancements, Crash Dumps and Page File Sizing...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: What’s New in Remote Desktop Services

    Good Morning! Welcome to Day Twelve of our Launch Series. Today, we’re going to start looking at What’s New in Terminal Services … Remote Desktop Services. So clearly that would be the first change to be aware of, namely that the Terminal Services server role has been renamed to Remote Desktop Services...