Dude where's my PFE?

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

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  • Blog Post: DPC triangle…

    So once upon a time, a PFE had a problem with his video game stuttering.  The game would be playing fine and then suddenly, the sound would skip until he rebooted his PC.  Nothing in the event log, device manager reports all good… So we collected an xperf trace using the following flags: xperf...
  • Blog Post: Xperf-o-Rama

    At the Premier Webcast I ran today I was asked a couple times if I could link some ‘getting started’ type guides to the content. So I made a blog post. All of this is public Microsoft information, nothing secret here. Just organized a little better. So, first, how does xperf work? ...
  • 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: 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: Why do I have long boot times? Pt 1

    So one of the questions that comes to mind every now and then in technical circles (and outside as well) is "Why doesn't it take so long for my machine to boot?". Just what's going on in there while these friendly, soothing graphics come up on the screen, and I wait and wait for a prompt to login? ...
  • Blog Post: RunAsRadio.com

    I just realized I forgot to link to my xperf into talk on RunAsRadio.com back in October.  Boy is my face red… http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=182 Check out their podcasts, it’s a great repository of technical information!
  • Blog Post: GUI Tool to collect ETW tracing, dumps, etc

    http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/e8649e35-26b1-4e73-b427-c2886a0705f4 So, check this out. It allows you to collect ETW tracing, dumps, all kinds of stuff. It does not work on Windows XP, but still, a handy little tool nonetheless.
  • 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...