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: How to collect a netmon 3.4 and xperf kernel trace and stop when a problem occurs.

    <updated 7.29.2013 for updated NETSH and WPR commands, thanks Carl Luberti!> So at a customer location the following question was posed to me: “In our VDI environment, how do we capture trace information? How can we set a capture for the network and xperf the user can start (or logon...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Windows Assessment Server from the Windows 8 ADK. Part 1 of X

    Fa-La…It’s the magical mystery tour…..   Well, not really, but it is the Windows Assessment Server brought to us by the Windows 8 ADK!   Lets fire this bad boy up and play around with it. Step 0.  Prepare your environment. You need DHCP and DNS and a Server running 2008 R2 SP1 or Windows...
  • 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: 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: 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: What does a good boot look like (aka, what should I be happy with)?

    It’s a question I wasn’t prepared for in class last week, but one that made sense really.  For the IT Pro that doesn’t eat breath and sleep this stuff, what does a good or ‘fair’ trace look like? Something like this: What we are looking at here is a boot up that finishes before 45 seconds, with...
  • Blog Post: What is Windows Performance Analyzer all about and why should you use it instead of xperfview?

    Consider the following trace in xperfview: This should be familiar to you, it’s the DPC storm / storport doorbell that looks like this: So how does this trace look in WPA from the Windows 8 ADK (RP edition)? A little different, but the Dude isn’t closed minded here, so lets give it a whirl: Observe. ...
  • 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: When an Exchange Server doesn’t Exchange…

    “Well the high sheriff, told his deputy, won’t you go out and bring my Lazarus?” Why am I quoting the Po Lazarus tune, the opening song of “O Brother Where Art Thou?” when I’m supposed to be talking about the Exchange Server that doesn’t?  It’s the Chewbacca defense!  This Exchange Server is...
  • 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...