Clint Huffman's Windows Troubleshooting in the Field Blog

Clint Huffman is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) who has been with Microsoft for over 10 years. This blog documents the challenges he faces week to week in hopes that these experiences will help others.

January, 2013

  • PAL processing, processors, and threads

    I commonly get questioned on what response should be given to the NumberOfProcessors question variable in the PAL tool, so I thought I might try to explain it a bit… PAL is designed to be a stand-alone tool where the analysis of a performance counter...
  • PAL collector script – PalCollector.ps1

    One of the top questions I get with the PAL tool is what data to collect. As many of you know, the PAL tool only analyze existing counter logs. It is up to you to create the counter log. To help with this problem, I created a PowerShell script called...
  • How to create a threshold file for the PAL tool

    The Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) tool is an open source project at http://pal.codeplex.com that analyzes performance counter logs. It has thresholds for performance counters written by experts in their respective areas spanning nearly all of the...
  • Page Frame Number (PFN) database

    I just finished writing an article on the public, wiki, PFE PerfGuide on the subject of the Page Frame Number database in Microsoft Windows and Windows Server. This little known database is used by the operating system to keep track of the physical memory...