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  • Blog Post: Great tool for Windows 2003: Server Performance Advisor (SPA)

    First off you can download SPA 2.0 here . I'm going to explain how to quickly use SPA, and then what type of data is returned in this post. What is SPA? So what is SPA and how can you use it? Well the official overview is: Microsoft ® Windows Server ™ 2003 Performance Advisor is the latest version of...
  • Blog Post: \SystemRoot\System32\RDPDD.dll failed to load

    This is an FYI post for an issue we've seen on a couple of Windows 2003 SP2 servers internally. Hopefully if someone hits this in the wild they'll be able to find this post on the intertubes. Symptom: When attempting to connect from the client via RDP, you would click “connect” and then soon after...
  • Blog Post: Kernel stack not resident (Using .pagein)

    You might find yourself debugging an issue and a thread you are interested in is paged out. Here's the steps to use to page in the stack for the kernel side and user side... Be careful when doing this on a live machine that you want to release after debugging as paging in certain section of memory can...
  • Blog Post: Are there pending operations waiting for a reboot?

    Sometimes you might log onto a server and wonder if there have been patches installed and thing needs to be rebooted. Well if the patch wanted to replace a file that was in use by the system (like NTFS for example) then it populates a certain key in the registry, you could check this key to determine...
  • Blog Post: How to easily calculate your system availability (uptime).

    We all have managers and ALL managers love that little word called metrics, and ALL managers like to know that their service has 99.99% uptime. So how can you easily get this information off a Windows server? Well there is a simple tool out there called uptime.exe . To get the uptime of a server use...
  • Blog Post: Domain not available when trying to TS onto a Windows 2003 server.

    Issue came in this week where when you attempted to logon to a server it would not authenticate your request and would give you a message indicating the "domain is not available". If you tried logging on via your UPN, then it would give a slightly different error message indicating that "there is not...
  • Blog Post: Need to get IPCONFIG /ALL from a computer remotely?

    I know people have scripted this, but this is so much easier... You could use PSExec for running other commands as well, but someone recently asked me an easy way to get the IP info so here it is. If you just want to be sitting at a command prompt on the remote computer then you could just run "PSEXEC...
  • Blog Post: Hey Admins! Taking some of the pain out of analyzing perfmon captures.

    Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) tool Project Description: Ever have a performance problem, but don't know what performance counters to collect or how to analyze them? The PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool is a new and powerful tool that reads in a performance monitor counter log (any known format...
  • Blog Post: The case of Windows Defender not starting.

    Had a client whose machine would not load Windows Defender, each time it was opened it would eventually die on initialization: Log Name: Application Source: Application Error Date: 8/13/2007 4:03:10 PM Event ID: 1000 Task Category: (100) Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: server1 ...
  • Blog Post: Taking a circular netmon capture from the command prompt

    You've probably heard that netmon3.1 is out , but you might not know that you can easily launch a capture at the command prompt.  I find this useful when we're waiting on a repro, we want a capture, but we don’t know when that's going to happen.  Sure you could set this up in the GUI...
  • Blog Post: People squatting on your TS sessions?

    Something that administrators deal with quite a bit is trying to connect to a machine using remote desktop (mstsc) and getting our favorite message: Boy this messagewill get you angry, damn squatters. pre-Vista/LH you could always give the /console switch a go and see if the console session is available...
  • Blog Post: How to know if TCP offload is working

    So you went out and got yourself a new server and it came with TOE functionality, and now you're playing Windows 2008 which has TCP offload enabled but you just want to know if its actually offloading traffic. Here's the only way I know of finding what traffic is offloaded without setting breakpoints...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2003 KB Released: Slow network communication from Vista RTM (6000) to Windows 2003 SP2

    This was one issue I worked on for quite some time a few months ago. We found that Vista clients were taking forever to download group policies from domain controllers in the regions while Vista SP1 and XP clients did not see the issue. If the local DC was running LH or Windows 2003 SP1, we didn't see...