Dude where's my PFE?

I was a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) for Microsoft.

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  • Blog Post: Xperf for the layman, performance analysis unchained, Windows Assessment Toolkit revealed.

    If you have been following along in performance land the last year or three, you’d hear about xperf and the WPT (Windows Performance Toolkit). Mayhap you’ve had some time to practice and you know what you are doing. Cool. This tool might still interest you. If you, on the other hand, haven’t...
  • Blog Post: RunAsRadio.com spot

    Look for the Dudes’ interview with Richard Campbell on RunAsRadio , where I get into a discussion on Slow Boot/Slow Logon scenarios, tools to use and common culprits. The spot appears on May the 18th! Links discussed on the interview are: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents...
  • Blog Post: How to collect a trace for audio or video problems in Windows 7

    Assume the following:  You have a Windows 7 host that you want to collect a trace from.  The user complains of audio issues, stuttering, latency, etc…or video frame rate is low.  Something annoying. Like my previous post, lets cover a few basic rules here as we get started: 1.  If...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Slow Boot / Slow Logon (Why I do what I do)

    Lately, the last year or two, I’ve been slowly drawn (moth to flame almost) into the remediation of the problem state of Windows slow boot or slow logon conditions. Interestingly enough, Microsoft Premier Field Engineering management allows (and encourages in many cases) folks to focus on things...
  • Blog Post: How to collect a good boot trace on Windows 7

    Assume the following: You have a Windows 7 host that you want to collect a trace from. A good trace. One that you know other people will be able to decipher as well as yourself. Maybe I’ve asked you to collect a boot trace so I can look at it and pointed you to this blog. Maybe your Sherpa of IT...
  • Blog Post: The Dude’s Greatest Hits

    As requested by several customers, I’m putting up a list of tools I find useful in troubleshooting, etc… First up…. Data Gathering I use the following tools to gather data from systems.  Each has its own place, much like a mechanic has many tools, so does the average engineer… PFE MPS Reports . ...
  • Blog Post: 33 Seconds lost at boot…

    Imagine you are an enterprise customer who has several thousand desktops that boot slow.  Inordinately slow…slow enough that your user base resists requests to reboot them for patch cycle or power savings efforts or diagnostics. So imagine you do the right thing, you keep the BIOS and firmware up...
  • Blog Post: Yet another xperf analysis post

    Pump up the volume, Pump up the volume… Slow Boot: Yep, that’s slow.  Clearly not in CPU usage though…what about disk? Nope (the dude knows nothing about this trace except he (when looking at it the first time) named it ROFLCOPTER)…. So basically the system hangs at boot from 30 second mark through...
  • Blog Post: The dude does xperf…

    So the Dude (that’s me) has gone over how to collect xperf traces a few times now, but what do we do after we’ve collected a solid .etl file you may ask?  Well, that’s what this post is all about.  This is how the Dude does it.  The Dude you see is listening to Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 ADK solves GPO Logon Delay questions, film at 11….

    Symptoms: Logons take forever and you’ve collected an xbootmgr/WPR/xperf123/xperfui trace. What GPO can it be? Easy! Open Windows Performance Analyzer from the Windows 8 ADK: Open Said Offending Trace: Expand…System Activity and then find the Generic Events, click and...
  • Blog Post: Ladies and Gentleman (and low lifes), it is with outstanding pleasure tonight that I am able to present to you, the reader, with an xperf trace….

    For those who didn’t yet know, the Dude is a fan of old school rap.  So one of these days, not much to do, I was chillin with my old school crew and I ran into a slow boot scenario… (Yes, I am in fact listening to Mona Lisa by Slick Rick the Ruler!) So I’m not picky, let me share this trace out...